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NFC East Standings

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1-0-0 2-1-0
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2023 Defensive

Total Tackles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Forced Fumbles
Regular Season 4 1 1 0 0.0

Top DaRon Bland News

  • Cowboys' DaRon Bland: Returns INT to house in rout

    Bland recorded three tackles and returned an interception 22 yards for his first career NFL touchdown in Sunday's 40-0 win over the Giants.

    After snagging five picks as a rookie last year, Bland quickly proved that performance was no fluke to kick off the 2023 campaign. With the Giants already reeling after seeing a field-goal attempt blocked and returned for a Noah Igbinoghene TD on their first possession, Trevon Diggs laid a big hit on Saquon Barkley after a short pass that caused the ball to pop into the air, and Bland swooped in to catch it and return it to the house. The Dallas defense looks like it could be a fantasy monster this season, but Bland should have some deep-league IDP value on his own.

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  • Cowboys' DaRon Bland: Emerges as ballhawk

    Bland recorded 54 tackles (38 solo) with five interceptions on seven passes defended across 17 regular-season games in 2022.

    An unheralded fifth-round pick out of Fresno State in the 2022 NFL Draft, Bland played exclusively on special teams for the first three games of the season until injuries began to open up snaps for him on defense. The 23-year-old cornerback seized his first opportunity by intercepting Carson Wentz in Week 4, and by the second half of the year he was a fixture in defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's secondary, grabbing four picks in a four-game stretch between Weeks 13 and 16. Bland also made an impact in the playoffs with 18 tackles in the Cowboys' two postseason contests. Trevon Diggs is locked into one starting spot on the outside for Dallas, but Bland figures to head into 2023 either lined up opposite Diggs in place of free agent Anthony Brown (Achilles) or replacing Jourdan Lewis (foot) in the slot.

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  • Cowboys' DaRon Bland: Moves past injury Thursday

    Bland (chest) was not listed on the Cowboys' injury report Thursday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

    Bland was forced out with a chest injury during Dallas' regular-season finale against the Commanders. However, the rookie cornerback appears to have quickly overcome this issue since then, so he should be ready to play in Monday's wild-card game against Tampa Bay.

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  • Cowboys' DaRon Bland: No concerns over availability

    Bland (chest) is expected to be fine for next Monday's playoff game against the Buccaneers, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports.

    Bland exited in the second half of Dallas' regular-season finale, but the rookie isn't expected to miss any additional time due to this injury. He will have some extra time to heal since Dallas plays in the final game on wild-card weekend, but it sounds like Bland would have been good to go regardless.

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  • Cowboys' DaRon Bland: Hurts chest Sunday

    Bland suffered a chest injury during Sunday's 26-6 loss at Washington, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Before he departed in the second half, Bland tallied two tackles. With a wild-card matchup in Tampa Bay on tap, his status will be one to monitor this week to get a sense of his availability, or lack thereof, for that contest.

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  • Cowboys' DaRon Bland: Nabs another interception

    Bland recorded six tackles (four solo) and two passes defended, including his fourth interception of the season, in Sunday's overtime loss to the Jaguars.

    The rookie fifth-round pick has proven to be an absolute steal in Dan Quinn's defense, and Bland's role in an injury-riddled secondary has grown as the season has worn on. Three of Bland's four INTs have come in the last three games, along with 20 of his 40 tackles on the year, and he could be a real IDP asset over the final few weeks.

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  • Cowboys' DaRon Bland: Six stops Sunday

    Bland recorded six tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 27-23 win versus the Texans.

    Bland continued to see an increased role in the Cowboys' secondary, which has been undermanned since veteran Jourdan Lewis went down with a season-ending Lisfranc injury Week 7. As a result, the rookie cornerback played 86 percent of defensive snaps for the third game in a row, and, while he didn't make as much of an impact in pass defense this time around, Bland still finished with his team's second-most tackles behind linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (12). Bland has now totaled 30 tackles, three passes defended and two interceptions over the last six games, and he should continue to slot into a starting role with Anthony Brown (Achilles) now out for the season as well.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 197 lbs
Birthplace: Modesto, CA
Age: 24
School: Fresno St.
Experience: 2