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Cowboys Anthony Brown not just used to flying under the radar, but ‘immune’ to it

Mike McCarthy said Brown picked up at camp where he left off from the 2021 season.

OXNARD, Calif. Mike McCarthy isn’t one to tell the media how to do their jobs.

But during a press conference the other day, when the topic turned to Anthony Brown, the Cowboys head coach came close to crossing that line.

“I think he’s someone that should get more love from you guys,’’ McCarthy told reporters.

“Just a suggestion.’’

Suggestion taken.

Trevon Diggs is coming off a season where he had the most interceptions in the NFL in 40 years. Yet when a couple of videos surfaced from practice this week that showed him being beaten deep in a one-on-one drill by CeeDee Lamb and Simi Fehoko with no pass rush and the quarterback taking as long as he needed to throw _ critics used it in their social media campaign to allege he’s somehow not that good.

Diggs is a lightning rod.

Brown is the team’s other starting corner, the one who quietly goes about his job earning the praise of coaches and teammates alike but rarely moving the needle outside of the organization.

“I’ve been here going on seven years now,’’ Brown said about flying under the radar. “I’m used to it.

“I’m immune to it now.’’

Brown is the veteran every team in the league appreciates and wants on its roster, but believes an upgrade is only a draft pick or free agent signing away. That was the case in the 2021 draft when the Cowboys took cornerback Kelvin Joseph in the second round and came back with Nahshon Wright in the third.

The idea was that Joseph would move into the starting lineup sooner rather than later, nudging Brown into the role of third corner that he filled earlier in his career.

How did that turn out?

Brown responded with the best season of his career. Joseph didn’t come close to dislodging him last season. And he’s not close now.

No one is mounting a threat to Brown’s starting position at this stage of camp.

“AB is having a heck of a camp,’’ McCarthy said. “Frankly, I’ll be honest with you. He’s picked up right where he left off last year.’’

Brown had a career high three interceptions last season, returning one of them 45 yards for a touchdown. He broke up a career high 17 passes more than the previous three seasons combined and forced a fumble in his 16 starts.

Coaches and players say the same thing about Brown. He’s consistent in his performance and personality. You get the same person, the same competitor, every day.

McCarthy said Brown has gotten stronger since he arrived as head coach in ‘20. The corner points to another kind of strength.

“I’d say confidence and being mentally stronger,’’ Brown said when asked to describe why he’s been able to elevate his game. “Movement.

“The game is slowing down. Understanding route concepts and the offensive schemes.’’

Brown will tell you he’s more confident and feels more established than he has at any point of his Cowboys career.

“Most definitely,’’ he said. “This is my last year on my deal, Year Seven. It’s nothing but up from here.

“I feel I’m just getting better and my best years are ahead of me.’’

Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and Brown are the three members of the ‘16 draft class that are still with the Cowboys. He changed his number during the offseason to No. 3.

Why?

“I just wanted to re-event myself with a new look,’’ Brown said. “I just feel good about myself.

“I didn’t choose 30. Thirty was given to me, so I wanted to choose something for myself so I just took the 0 off.’’

Four months shy of his 29th birthday, Brown’s career is taking off as well.

It’s time to give him some love.

“Yeah, I appreciate that,’’ Brown said. “Much love to Mike for even saying that.

“That felt good for him to say.’’

Catch David Moore on The Ticket (KTCK-AM 1310 and 96.7 FM) with the Musers at 9:35 every morning and the Hardline Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. during Cowboys training camp.

Twitter: @DavidMooreDMN

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