Week 3 Bama Pro of the Week: Trevon Diggs
Each week during the NFL regular season, I'll award one standout Alabama player of the week whose performance boosted his team to victory. The only criteria being his team must win. At the end of the season, I'll name the MVP and hand out a few other awards to recognize the excellence the Alabama Crimson Tide has present in the NFL.
With a league-best 55 (counting Jalen Hurts) active players under contract across 28 franchises, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here's this weeks winner:
The Dallas Cowboys' second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs is our Week 3 Bama Pro of the Week after a dominant performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. Diggs recorded two tackles in the contest, but his coverage skills won the day, breaking up three passes and recording the first pick-six of his career.
Diggs was lined up across from former Alabama teammate DeVonta Smith for most of the game and held the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner in check, allowing just two receptions for nine yards.
Diggs's big moment came early in the third quarter when Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was looking for Smith on an out route. Diggs jumped the route and went untouched 59-yards to the endzone for his first career pick-six.
Coincidentally, the play, which featured three Crimson Tide alumni, happened just before Nick Saban joined Peyton and Eli Manning for their MegaCast on ESPN2.
Diggs has had a fantastic start to his sophomore NFL season. He's the only player in the league with an interception in each game this season, and the first Cowboy to do so in the first three games of a season since Everson Walls in 1985. As a result, the Cowboys lead the NFL in defensive turnovers.
Next week Diggs and his Cowboys will take on Deonte Brown and the Carolina Panthers.
And now for our honorable mentions:
- Derrick Henry, Titans: 28 rushes for 113 yards and three receptions for 31 yards.
- Najee Harris, Steelers: 14 rushes for 40 yards and 14 receptions for 102 yards.
- Quinnen Williams, Jets: Four tackles, one for loss and 1.5 sacks with two QB hits.
- Henry Ruggs III, Raiders: Four receptions for 78 yards and one rush for seven yards.
Be sure to tune back into tide1009.com each Tuesday to see the Bama Pro of the Week throughout the NFL season. Here's each winner from the 2021 season so far: