Diggs broke Cowboys franchise records in Week 4 for most interceptions to begin a season and is now on pace to shatter the other longstanding record once held by legendary defensive back Everson Walls, CBS Sports reports.
Diggs is operating at a pace the league has not yet seen before in the NFL, and it’s due in large part to his ability to morph into a wide receiver when the ball is in the air.
Once upon a time, the 23-year-old used to play wide receiver but was converted to cornerback in college by head coach Nick Saban. Diggs said the decision brought him to tears at the moment, but after speaking with his brother Bills’ receiver Stefon Diggs, he realized it was an opportunity to be a rare defensive talent.
“I was hurt at first, honestly,” Diggs explained following the Cowboys win over the Giants, per CBS Sports. “I called my brother. I was crying. He’s not the type to say, ‘It’s ok’ … He was like, ‘Come on, it’s time to go to work.’
“That’s exactly what I did. I sucked it up and got back to work. [Saban] said that the league is looking for corners with your body type: tall. That’s pretty much my type,” he explained. “[My brother] was like, ‘You can do it. You played it before. You’ve just got to grind. It’s all about the grind. Whatever you really believe in, you’ve just got to work until you can achieve it.’ I believed I could be good corner. So, I worked, worked, worked, worked, worked.”
Diggs now has nine interceptions in his first 16 career NFL starts and entered Sunday’s game against the Giants with more interceptions than 27 other teams before grabbing another, CBS Sports reports.
Diggs still misses taking offensive snaps though, and has lobbied quarterback Dak Prescott to let him take a few reps at receiver.
“Diggs thinks he’s a receiver,” Prescott said. “Every week he’s asked me for reps at receiver. Relax. But when you see a catch like [his INT against the Giants], maybe we can talk again.”
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