Oxnard, Calif. – It was during one-on-one drills last week that social media exploded with Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs.
Here was Diggs, the Cowboys’ best cornerback, who was named to his first All-Pro and Pro Bowl berths after leading the NFL with 11 interceptions last season, drawing criticism on Twitter.
During that drill, Diggs gave up a touchdown to wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and then the criticism came down on the Dallas team’s defender.
When reporters and even some fans started posting the videos on Twitter, it raised questions about how good Diggs is.
In response to the venom directed at him, Diggs deleted his Twitter account.
“It’s toxic,” Diggs said.
“Usually, I’m not on Twitter much. But I’m at camp. I’m trying to focus and try to make sure and be better every day.”
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Diggs has produced a solid training camp this summer.
Diggs produced such an incredible 2021 season that it’s hard to imagine what it can do in 2022.
In 2021, Diggs intercepted a pass in each of the first six weeks of the season.
When the campaign ended, opposing quarterbacks had completed 52.4% of their passes with a quarterback rating of 55.8 against him.
However, Diggs allowed 411 receiving yards, the most in his young career, and gave up a total of 907 receiving yards against.
There is a belief that Diggs takes too many chances in coverage, which could lead to more interceptions or being outplayed by opposing receivers.
The Cowboys play mostly man-to-man defense, which leaves cornerbacks alone without much deep help from a safety.
Diggs continues to work on his craft to minimize mistakes so he can continue to take risks.
But 11 interceptions is 11 interceptions. That must be respected. Where does the criticism come from?
“I feel like that’s what comes with my job,” Diggs said.
“Hate comes with success. I do not put it beyond anyone. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. All I can do is control what I can control on the field and let my game speak for itself. I can’t answer everyone, I prefer not to say anything and show who I am on the field of play”.
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Trevon Diggs closes his Twitter account after explosion of criticism against him