Trevon Diggs Deletes Twitter Over ‘Toxic’ Training Camp Reactions

Of David Helman
FOX Sports Dallas Cowboys writer

OXNARD, Calif. — Trevon Diggs have had enough of the bird app.

There’s no training camp playground quite like Twitter, the particular social media platform with the seductively cute bird for a logo.

As any seasoned veteran knows, Twitter is where 10-second practice video clips go to become training camp narratives. Such was the case for Diggs last week, so cut him lose training reps to CeeDee Lamb and Simi Fehoko went viral.

The response from the world of armchair coaches and footwork experts was enough to prompt Diggs to deactivate his Twitter account — a decision he briefly explained.

“It’s poisonous,” he said. “I’m not usually on Twitter a lot, but I’m in camp. I’m trying to focus, trying to lock in and just get better every day.”

This is the epicenter of a unique debate about Diggs. He led the NFL with 11 interceptions last season, which was good enough to earn him first-team All-Pro honors. Still, many in the NFL community see his aggressive style of play and say he gives up too many yards to be considered one of the game’s best corners.

It’s a debate that hasn’t stopped since last season, and it only looks to intensify this fall, as it will be Diggs’ final season before he’s eligible to negotiate an extension.

Asked about the investigation Monday, Diggs said he understands it’s part of the job.

“I feel like it comes with it. Hate comes with success,” he said. “I don’t put it past anyone. Everyone is bound to their own opinion. All I can do is control what I can control on the pitch and let my game speak for itself.”

All of that said, that doesn’t mean he wants to look at these opinions in his downtime.

“I can’t answer everybody, I can’t answer everybody, so I’d rather not say anything at all and just perform on the field,” Diggs said.

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The Dallas Cowboys are conducting their annual training camp in Oxnard, CA.

The Cowboys worked through a padded practice Monday afternoon. Here are some highlights from the field.

The competition is coming

The Cowboys’ kickers had a solid afternoon on Monday – but will it be a little too late?

Lirim Hajrullahu and Jonathan Garibay both had strong practices. Hajrullahu was perfect on eight kicks, and Garibay went a respectable 6-of-8, which is a marked improvement on previous outings. Both guys nailed the opportunity in a pressure moment, as they both connected on 40-yarders at the end of the team’s two-minute drill.

Despite that, team officials confirmed Monday night that they will practice four kickers on Tuesday. The names to know are Brett Maher, Cole Murphy, Matt Ammendola and JJ Molson. Maher is obviously a household name, as he served as the Cowboys’ kicker in 2018 and 2019 with mixed results.

“We just want to see what’s out there and look at the best available kickers that are out there,” Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay said.

It’s just a practice session, so there’s no need to make any roster moves just yet. But it will be interesting to see how eager the Cowboys are to make a move with one of the two kickers on the roster right now.

The rookie spotlight

If you’re not familiar with the name Markquese Bell, it’s probably time to learn.

We’ve known the undrafted safety out of Florida A&M was a guy to watch since the spring, when the front office gave him $200,000 guaranteed to sign in Dallas. That’s an astronomical number for a guy who didn’t hear his name called during the 2022 NFL Draft.

The thing is, the 6-foot, 212-pound rookie continues to show why the Cowboys were so intrigued. First, that frame gives him the flexibility to play multiple roles in this defense, similar to incumbent starter Jayron Kearse.

And if you think that sounds like an exaggeration, hear it from defensive coordinator Dan Quinn himself.

“What I’ve seen so far is someone who can handle multiple roles, and I feel like he has the speed and length to play two spots in our defense, both on the back end at safety and down closer to the line of scrimmage at linebacker,” Quinn said.

On Monday, Quinn gave Bell the opportunity to showcase his skills with the starters. The rookie even managed to make a standout play, knocking down a pass Dak Prescott intended for Sean McKeon. Bell allowed that he could use the opportunity to talk a little bit with the franchise quarterback, but he said he’s just trying to make the most of every chance he’s given.

“It means a lot to me to just be out here, even if I go with the two or the three,” he said. “I’m in the NFL, practicing against NFL players – regardless of what position they play or where they are on the depth chart.”

Looks good

The irony is that the coaching staff was looking for an excuse to let the kickers attempt a game-winning field goal, but it had to wait until the second string took the field.

Dak Prescott enjoyed arguably his best session of training camp on Monday during the two-minute drill that ended practice. The coaches sent the starters onto the field around their own 25-yard line, trailing 14-12 in a game scenario that featured 1:36 to play and one timeout for the offense.

Again, a field goal would have gotten the job done, but Prescott wasn’t interested in leaving it to the kickers. He led the offense down the field to the opposite red zone by completing 6-of-7 passes, finding a variety of targets from CeeDee Lamb to Dalton Schultz to Tony Pollard.

The lone incompletion came on a throw down at the 10-yard line, when Prescott lifted the ball out of bounds when he saw his preferred read was well covered. From there, with 16 seconds to play in the scenario, he floated a ball down the seam to a wide-open CeeDee Lamb for a go-ahead touchdown.

The starting defense has given Prescott plenty of trouble this camp, but he made Monday’s two-minute performance look lopsided.

David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports, providing insight and analysis on the NFL’s most visible franchise. Prior to joining FOX, David spent nine seasons covering the Cowboys for the team’s official website, DallasCowboys.com. In 2018, he won a regional Emmy for his role in the production of “Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion” about the quarterback’s time at Mississippi State.


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