FRISCO, Texas – Trevon Diggs was thrown into NFL action early last season as a second-round pick. The cornerback had to start 12 games, including the season opener.
By the end of the season, it was clear that Diggs was one of the defensive keys to the Cowboys’ future, and he did so with a rookie offseason hampered by COVID-19 restrictions.
So for Diggs, this week’s OTAs are a refreshing dose of team-focused offseason preparation.
“This is all new to me,” Diggs said of being able to practice and exercise with almost all of his teammates on the field. “It’s actually a blessing. I’m really enjoying it.”
Diggs had three interceptions as a rookie, but said there’s no aspect of his game that he doesn’t need to improve on from his rookie year to his sophomore year in the NFL.
“There is something I need to work on every day,” Diggs said Tuesday.
These OTAs workouts are opportunities for Diggs to line up against receivers like second-year player CeeDee Lamb. That may sound like a juicy showdown for Cowboys fans, but it won’t be the first time this offseason Diggs has faced top-tier NFL talent. After taking a few weeks off when the regular season ended, Diggs began training at House of Athlete, former NFL receiver Brandon Marshall’s training facility in Weston, Florida.
Diggs called the facility a “great vibe” and is frequented by many current and former NFL players. “There are a lot of people who have been there before and who can teach you and tell you some things about the NFL,” Diggs said of the atmosphere. “There are a lot of hardworking people there. I felt like that prepared me and kept me with good energy.”
When asked who he paired with at House of Athlete that helped him improve, Diggs was quick to respond with his older brother, Stefon, who coincidentally led the NFL in receiving yards in 2020.
“Practice against my brother every day and watch him [me hizo mejor]”Diggs said.” Seeing how he works is rubbing off on me. “
One day, Trevon might face his older brother in an NFL game, but the Bills are unlikely to part ways with Stefon anytime soon, so Diggs looked elsewhere for mentorship within his own locker room: the Veteran cornerback Anthony Brown.
“He’s like my older brother,” Diggs said of Brown. “I go to his house. He is a very good influence on my career. I ask him questions all the time. It’s nice to have a good veteran in your corner that you can talk to.”
Brown’s adaptability, attitude and now seemingly leadership has been a clear reason the Cowboys have kept him on the team after selecting him in 2016. Now, he seems to be paying off by helping one of the young players the Cowboys need. to put the team in the best possible position to be successful.
Whether it’s his real big brother in the offseason, or Brown during the season, it’s clear the young cornerback is listening and learning from the right people.