Oxnard, California – Cornerback Trevon Diggs was one of the bright spots on an otherwise dismal Dallas defense last season, corralling three interceptions as a rookie.
But as his second season is about to begin, he admits he had a shot at many more.
“I got my hands on 14 balls and I ended up with not 14 interceptions, so that’s a problem,” Diggs said. “[Defensive back] doesn’t get many opportunities. You have to capitalize on the ones you do get. So that’s my main focus, taking advantage of everything and becoming a smarter football player.”
One of those advantages in training camp is going head-to-head with wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who like Diggs, had a great rookie season and amassed nearly 1,000 yards receiving.
“That’s one of my good friends on the team,” Diggs revealed. “It’s good. It actually works for the both of us. I’m going to push him, go as hard as I can. I know he’s going to go as hard as he can, and it’s going to make us both better.”
So far, that mentality has shown up in practice. The two have squared off numerous times throughout training camp, and both players have come up with one-handed catches on both sides of the ball.
“I started it off and he came back with the one hand. He said I had to get you back and I said I had to get you back too.”
Diggs came to the NFL out of perennial college football powerhouse Alabama, while Lamb was drafted from the Big XII champion Oklahoma Sooners. Recent reports show it won’t be long before the Sooners and Longhorns jump to the SEC, where they will regularly face the Crimson Tide. Diggs welcomes the new rivalry.
“[The Oklahoma Sooners] roll through everybody in the league that they’re in. So they get to come play some ‘big boy’ ball now.”