Not too long ago, cornerback Nahshon Wright looked like a third-round reach. In his second season, the Oregon State product was left on the bench in Week 1, not even seeing special teams snaps, and then was inactive for nine of the next 11 games. He saw his first defensive snaps of the season in 14; a grand total of two of them. But one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity. The Cowboys gave Kelvin Joseph a chance to win the second boundary corner spot but he was unable to secure it, allowing Wright to step into the role against the Eagles in a big spot in Week 16.
The former Beaver wasn’t picked on, a rare occasion for Dallas corners across from Trevon Diggs and the strong play traveled to Tennessee. Late in the fourth quarter, Titans quarterback Josh Dobbs tried to lob a pass downfield but the 6-foot-4 Wright used his length to fly up for the first interception of his career.
Heading into the playoffs, Wright looks ready to be a contributor for a Dallas defense in need of youth stepping up. Combined with Diggs and DaRon Bland, the Cowboys appear to have been forced into a youth overhaul that will be relied upon to help Dallas progress.