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Jayron Kearse, from afterthought to making a difference to the Cowboys

It would have been difficult to predict the impact Jayron Kearse had on the defense with the Dallas Cowboys in the first two weeks of the 2021 season. The Cowboys and fans certainly didn’t see it coming. And yet, here we are.

To say that number 27 has been a pleasant surprise so far since joining the Cowboys would be an understatement. He made a difference, and it comes from someone who was basically an afterthought free agent who signed this year. No one expected much from him, so many thought he was far from making the final 53-man roster.

To this day, Kearse has played a vital role for the Cowboys defensively as a substitute and substitute. After racking up eight tackles in week 1 playing 62% of snaps against the Buccaneers, he stepped up his game even further in week 2 by replacing injured Donovan Wilson while playing 97% of the snaps against Los Angeles.

Against the Chargers, Kearse played all over the field. It didn’t matter if it was against the run, on cover or in a blitzer, he was everywhere. He even made such a close game-changing interception against Jared Cook which was ultimately canceled by a highly questionable pass interference call.

After spending five years in the league – four with Minnesota, one with Detroit – with just 13 career starts under his belt, Kearse is arguably playing the best football of his career. He played so well that in fact it can be difficult for Donovan Wilson to regain his starting position. But, this is a discussion best left to another time.

As it stands, Kearse is playing like a real difference maker and the Cowboys defense is better for it. It is a unit that can use as much aid as possible, even from the most unlikely places. He’s off to a good start and I hope he can continue to play at such a high level. Maybe, just maybe, it will inspire his teammates to do the same.