Giants bracing for matchup with Cowboys’ Trevon Diggs

A staple of televised NFL games is a microphone picking up audio of the quarterback shouting out the middle linebacker’s jersey number before the snap.

Here’s a twist that opponents — starting Sunday with the Giants — should consider implementing against the Cowboys: “Where’s No. 7? Where’s No. 7?”

Dallas cornerback Trevon Diggs is having that kind of game-changing season.

“I think you’ve got to know where this guy is,” Giants head coach Joe Judge said earlier this week. “He’s extremely aggressive. You don’t have the results that he’s had by accident. This guy has obviously really taken a step forward as a player this year and learned from some things in the past.”

Diggs is the first player since Darren Sharper in 2009 to have five interceptions in the first four games of a season. Sharper tormented Eli Manning, with six interceptions (two for touchdowns) in seven career games against the now-retired Giants quarterback, so they don’t want a repeat of that.

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The interception Diggs made against the Chargers in Week 2 sticks with Judge as an “outstanding play.” The Cowboys rank No. 2 in the league with 10 takeaways.

“To play from behind, catch up to this guy as he’s running away from his leverage to undercut him,” Judge said, “and then lay out and make that interception, that just shows you the instincts, the awareness, playing within the scheme and just the playmaking ability this guy has.”

Facing someone like Diggs would’ve spelled trouble in the past for a turnover-prone Daniel Jones, but his only interception through four games this season was a Hail Mary at the end of the first half against the Saints.

Using Diggs’ aggressiveness against him is a nice theory, but a risky proposition. He has allowed 14 catches for 260 yards thus far.

“Like any good corner or D-back, he’s selective about when he kind of takes those chances, so being heads up for that and being aware of it,” Jones said. “You can tell he’s a smart player, and he knows when to take those chances.”

Judge described the Cowboys as a “turnover-driven defense” fed by the pass rush.

“They’ve got defensive backs who are very talented,” Judge said. “They’ll match up very sticky on you, whether that’s playing man or match-up zone. It creates a lot of problems for you with the receivers in terms of having to fight to get open, and then while you’re struggling to get open they go ahead with the rush.”

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