Absolutely. I don’t care how many Saints tattoos he has. If the Cowboys under-perform this season and decide to hire a new head coach, Payton is a real possibility. I just don’t think he’ll be able to turn Jerry Jones down if Jones really wants him. Payton can say whatever he wants now because the job isn’t available. If it becomes available, though, I believe he’ll be very interested.I’ll give you my top 5: 5.) Dorance Armstrong, 4.) Xavier Woods, 3.) Connor Williams, 2.) Chidobe Awuzie, 1.) Michael Gallup. Gallup is my No. 1 because I think his improvement will be the most noticeable. He should see more playing time and be more productive, not only because it’s another year with Dak, but also because it’s a full year with Amari Cooper and Jason Witten. I think the veterans will helphim see even more opportunities. Teams will first gameplan to take away Ezekiel Elliott, Cooper and Witten. And then you add in Randall Cobb. Gallup should benefit from a lot of favorable matchups. The other four have significant upside and should be more comfortable entering this season.It could help public perception, but I don’t think it matters much to the Cowboys because they were never going to be in the ballpark that he ended up getting paid from the Ravens. If the deal was for a little less then I think it would depend on how Thomas played. If he stayed healthy and performed like the All-Pro safety he has been, there would be plenty of second-guessing. But because the money was so great, I don’t think any realistic comparisons should be made.
In the last game of the regular season, cornerback Chidobe Awuzie grabbed not only his first interception of the year, but the first by a Cowboys outside corner all season.
Six yards away from the end zone, Giants quarterback Eli Manning tried to connect with Sterling Shepard in the corner of the end zone, but Awuzie read the play perfectly and snagged the ball out of the air.
On the Giants’ next drive, DeMarcus Lawrence moved past 10 sacks on the season, hitting Eli Manning in the backfield and forcing a fumble. That made him the first Cowboy since DeMarcus Ware to post double-digit sacks in consecutive seasons. Ware did that for five straight seasons from 2007-2011.
Antwaun Woods recovered the fumble, although it was initially thought to be an interception before the ruling was changed.
You thought this was it.
The Eagles had limped to 4-4, had a bye, added Golden Tate and were poised to turn things around and make a run at defending their title.
They’d start it by stomping on the Dallas Cowboys, who had just lost at home to the Tennessee Titans (who beat the Pats on Sunday) and were ripped by their former star QB Troy Aikman.
So much for all of that.
The Eagles lost 27-20 to fall to 4-5, and we’re probably better off looking at mock drafts and looking forward to the playoffs.
“This one hurt,” Carson Wentz said. “We realize a lot of people are going to want to write us off at this point and now it’s just time to play ball and try and go…
Unless you follow the Dallas Cowboys, few NFL fans have probably ever heard of Chidobe Awuzie. That is until now. Saturday night in a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cowboys second-year defensive back and former Colorado Buffaloes star had perhaps the play of the preseason thus far. In the closing minute of the second quarter, Awuzie leaped and tipped a Jeff Driskel pass one-handed before coming down with an incredible interception, his first of the preseason.
Colorado Buffaloes fans have been well aware of Awuzie’s athletic abilities for quite some time now. The San Jose, Calif. native was a four-year starter and played all four positions in the secondary during his time in Boulder. As a senior in 2016, Awuzie was a key contributor on a Buffaloes team that won 10 games and reached the school’s first ever Pac-12 Championship game. He finished his career with 273 total tackles, nine sacks, three interceptions and 35 pass deflections.
Following his success in Boulder, Awuzie was selected by the Cowboys with the 60th pick (second round) in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, Awuzie saw action in 10 games (six starts) and recorded 25 tackles, seven passes defended and an interception. This season, per the team’s first unofficial depth chart released on August 9th, Awuzie is projected to start at cornerback for the Cowboys alongside Byron Jones.
Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2017 NFL Draft in the second round and 60th overall pick, Chidobe Awuzie began to turn heads in his sophomore season in 2018 when he was perceived to have a big chance of becoming the most dominant cornerbacks that the Dallas Cowboys have had in years.
Injuries marred his rookie season seeing him play just 10 games, however, at the second time of asking, Chidobe’s career couldn’t look more promising. Let’s take you on a journey of his life and career so far.
As his name has already given away, Chidobe Awuzie has Nigerian roots. He was born on May 24, 1995, to Nigerian parents who immigrated to the states to chase the American dream and fortunately, they are now living it in San Jose, California where Chidobe was born. Chidobe is the youngest of three children. His first name Chidobe means “God will guide me,” while his surname Awuzie, could be described as someone who has gone through a lot and has finally achieved success.
Chidobe’s parents were born in Lagos, Nigeria but immigrated to the United States to get a better education. His mom Victoria Awuzie graduated from Philander Smith College in Arkansas while his dad, Goerge Awuzie earned his degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant. After graduation, they each got a job at the department of motor vehicles in San Jose, California and soon began raising kids in the Bay Area.
Awuzie’s parents raised him with Nigerian principles that had helped them achieve success. Chidobe was taught by his parents the essence of taking his academic serious, thus though he fell in love with football in school, Chidobe knew better than to joke with his academics. Consequently, he graduated half a year earlier with a degree in business.
Chidobe Awuzie began his footballing career at Oak Grove High School in San Jose, California playing at the cornerback and sometimes wide receiver position. He impressed greatly in high school and was by ESPN and Rivals.com rated as a three-star recruit. Awuzie earned a lot of honors in high school where he also tried his hands at basketball and track sports including running and long jump.
Awuzie indeed made his parents proud in high school, receiving scholarship offers from “Power 5 schools,” including Utah and Washington State, however, he committed to the University of Colorado Boulder. He began to impress from his freshman season, starting 7 games and appearing in a total of 12. His 645 snaps in defense became the third-highest by a freshman in the school’s history.
Chidobe Awuzie recorded even more impressive stats in his junior year when he made a total of 90 tackles from 13 games. His 78 solo tackles and 4 sacks set the record for the most tackle from a defensive back in CU’s history. By the end of the year, he was named to the All-Pac-12 football team second-team.
With all of these stats, Chidobe received a handful of honors as he prepared for his final college year. He got named to both the Thorpe Award and Nagurski Award watch list given to the best defensive back in the nation and the best defensive player in college football respectively. He was named to the All-Pac-12 second team, a second time in 2016.
Awuzie wowed at the NFL Combine hitting a SPARQ score of 137. SPARQ is used to test a player’s athleticism. He worked out privately for a handful of NFL teams including the Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, and the Dallas Cowboys who would select him in the second round as their 28th pick and 60th overall pick. Prior to the draft, NFL draft experts had predicted that Awuzie would get selected in the 1st or 2nd round. ESPN rated him the 7th best cornerback while Sports Illustrated placed him at number 15.
On May 11th, 2017, Chidobe Awuzie inked his first professional football contract, a four-year, $4.28 million contract that came with a signing bonus of $1.25 million. With that money, Awuzie has been able to afford a life of luxury. On his mother’s birthday in January 2017, Awuzie bought her a white Range Rover, a car she’d crave since she was a kid. The car retails upwards of $50,000. Awuzie himself rides a sleek Mercedes Benz.
This bloke managed just 10 games in his rookie season however, he recorded 25 tackles, 7 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble.
Chido, as he is affectionately called by teammates, stands at exactly 6 feet tall, that is 1.83 m. He weighs 202 pounds (92 kg). His pre-draft measurables per the NFL Combine showed his Arm length at 30 5⁄8 in (0.78 m) and his hand size at 8 1⁄2 in (0.22 m).