“Everybody obviously had to come together, prepare really well so they could perform individually, but all that really matters is the team and that we got the W.”
As for being pressed into action, Awuzie added: “You always gotta stay ready. I knew the possibility [that] if someone goes down, I’m the next starter. So I prepare like a starter.”
With each snap Awuzie finds himself on the field for this season, the Cowboys coaches and fanbase will be able to see the Nigerian-American rookie display his physicality and attention to detail in the secondary, while staking his claim as a future cornerstone for America’s Team.
There is hope for Goff and his abysmal ANY/A ranking, however. The quarterback who finished 48th out of 48 in that ranking, Alex Smith, has become a quality NFL quarterback and a player with whom Goff shares some similarities.
Smith was horrendous as a rookie in San Francisco, finishing with 11 interceptions and 29 sacks, similar to Goff’s rookie year. Smith struggled with the speed of the game, the added responsibilities and the pocket maneuvering he hadn’t done in Urban Meyer’s spread offense in college at Utah.
But it took until his fifth season, with Jim Harbaugh as his head coach, for him to turn into a serviceable NFL quarterback, and he has seen even more growth on his second Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer NFL team in Kansas City.
Goff, like Smith, might just Cheap Jerseys Toronto need his expectations drawn back, a reduction to a true game manager, and additional instillment of confidence in him and his game.