The Dallas Cowboys demoted cornerback Anthony Brown. In comes rookie cornerback Chidobe Awuzie.
Awuzie is slated to start at corner on Thursday night versus the Washington Redskins, per Todd Archer of ESPN.
The Cowboys are unsatisfied with the production from Brown. Brown, who started 10 of the first 11 games, has committed a team-high 10 penalties.
Inserting Awuzie is a bit of a leap of faith.
Awuzie’s been bothered by a nagging hamstring injury for a majority of his rookie season. He’s played in fives games this year. The last two games he’s mostly participated on special teams.
Yet, the Cowboys have high hopes for Awuzie. The team has maintained confidence in him despite recurring hamstring issues.
“I think his approach has been excellent; it’s been unfortunate that he’s been out,” Jason Garrett said, per Archer of ESPN. “For all players, you need to practice, particularly for young players. But I do think the work that he’s gotten outside of practice has been good. I think he’s engaged, I think he’s learning. But you get better by practicing and you get better by playing.”
The Cowboys have given up 13 pass plays of 20 yards or more during their three-game losing streak. Dallas is hopeful an increased workload from Awuzie can help upgrade a leaky secondary.
Garrett and the Cowboys are in the middle of a losing streak, it’s necessary to make adjustments.