I am a believer in second chances and the Cowboys are giving one to former TCU standout KaVontae Turpin and this could be a win-win.
If you watched any of the USFL, you saw Turpin. If you didn’t watch any games, you have at least seen highlights of him. He led the USFL in receiving yards and was the league’s MVP. He also had over 100 rushing yards.
“The No. 1 thing he’s got to do is be a receiver,” Cowboys VP Will McClay said. “I think he’s a talented young player with his ability to return as well as play the slot.”
With Michael Gallup working his way back from injury, maybe Turpin helps the offense but where I see Turpin having an impact is on special teams.
I am not a fan of CeeDee Lamb as the regular punt returner. Turpin averaged 15 yards a return in the USFL and he was the All-Big 12 kick and punt returner before being kicked off the TCU team by former coach Gary Patterson after his arrest for domestic violence.
According to the Dallas Morning News, he pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily injury and served two years of deferred adjudication probation as part of a plea agreement. He was also required to complete a 27-week partner abuse intervention program through SafeHaven of Tarrant County.
Hopefully he has matured and takes full advantage of a second chance at the NFL – something that seemed lost when he was dismissed from the Horned Frogs team in 2018.
He put up great numbers in the USFL and showed he has the skill to play football at a high level.
And in an odd nugget of knowledge, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Cowboys have signed the past two USFL MVPs: Turpin in 2022 and Herschel Walker in 1985.
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