One of the more high profile position battles through training camp and preseason was between Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis for the starting slot cornerback job in nickel packages. There was a lot to consider, as both corners had seen their fair share of impressive play in the past.
Brown was a sixth round pick in 2016 and, due to injuries, was thrown into starting duties early on. He didn’t disappoint, and quickly became their full time starter with how well he performed. Entering the 2017 season, the front office had enough faith in Brown that they were comfortable letting go of both Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr. His 2017 season disappointed, though, and rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis supplanted him by the end of the year.
Lewis, to that end, was a third-round pick with a very impressive college career at Michigan. Standing at 5’10”, he was a little undersized but made up for it with great physical talent. Between Brown’s regression, the eventual cutting of Nolan Carroll, and Lewis’ overall solid performances, he was the starter by the end of the season.
Then, Kris Richard entered the building. Some were worried that the new coach, who favors bigger defensive backs, would favor Brown over Lewis because of the inch difference in height. Richard went so far as to say that “there are always exceptions” and Lewis is one of those, but Brown started out in the slot cornerback role and never lost ground to Lewis. He became the starter there for the 2018 season and, so far, Lewis has hardly seen the field at all. In fact, the Cowboys even considered trading Lewis prior to the start of the season.
And while there may have been some in Team Jourdan who felt the cornerback was slighted because of height-based discrimination, Brown has effectively quieted that narrative with some really solid play through two games.
He's clearly better in Richard's eyes.— KD Drummond (@KDDrummondNFL) September 19, 2018
And right now, Brown is absolutely balling.
62 coverage snaps. Targeted 5 times, allowed 3 receptions for a measly 12 yards.
4 yards a reception. https://t.co/xB4YJUWjKm
Yet, Cowboys fans have the whole of 2017 to look at and see plenty of talent from Lewis, and some in Team Jourdan are still upset about his lack of involvement in the defense so far. That brings up the question for this week:
Which would you prefer to start at slot cornerback?
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