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Cowboys WR KaVontae Turpin Draws Deion Sanders Comparison

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KaVontae Turpin was the star of Saturday’s show dallas cowboys32-18 preseason win Los Angeles Chargers.

Newly built Cowboys receiver named MVP of USFLJust six weeks ago, he opened his first season with a 98-yard kickoff return and an 86-yard punt return, both of which scored touchdowns for the American team.

Mike McCarthy later called the returning specialist “very dynamic” regarding his role on special teams.

On Monday’s “Undisputed”, Shannon Sharp said Turpin’s chances of making a big impact on the Cowboys this season were “minimum” 8 in 10, equating the 26-year-old rising star with college football. Compared to Pro Football Hall. Farmer’s Deion Sanders.

“In 17 games, it’s hard to believe he won’t return at least a punt or kickoff for a touchdown, but for the sake of argument, let’s say he doesn’t,” Sharpe said. is trying to force someone to shank a punt…is to shank a kickoff.Now suddenly they’ll have…exceptional field position….he Dynamic. [player].

“It’s been a long time since the Cowboys had a comeback…he may be the best comeback since ‘Prime Time.'”

Cowboys’ Cabonte Turpin kicks off, punt returns TD to score against Chargers

Shannon Sharp explains why Turpin is the Cowboys’ “greatest returner since ‘Prime Time'”.

Sanders spent five seasons with the Cowboys from 1995-99. Sanders, who is now the head coach of Jackson State University, said he won the Super Bowl twice, once in San Francisco and once in Dallas, and has been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times. increase.

Similar to Turpin’s explosive performance on Saturday, Sanders’ stardom came in the first game when he made his NFL debut as a rookie with the Atlanta Falcons in 1989 when he came up with a staggering 68-yard punt return for a touchdown. It was clear from

Over his 14-season, 188-game career, Sanders had six touchdowns on punt returns, three touchdowns on kickoff returns, and nine interceptions for five different teams. In addition, he recorded his 53 career interceptions, the second-most retired in his return yards (1,331) in interceptions, and returned for a touchdown in a career (9) and a season (3). Most interceptions made put him in second place.

It’s dangerous to assume much from preseason shows, but it’s even more dangerous to compare young players to the legends of the game.

“He has easy speed, and it’s… sly, slippery speed,” added Skip Bayless.

“In the name of ‘Neon Dion’ Sanders, how this boy has played in five leagues in five years since he left.” TCU? ”

Turpin finished his college career as a first-team All-Big 12 kicker and punt returner in 2017, but was undrafted in 2019.

He started his professional career in 2020 with the Frisco Fighters of the Indoor Football League. He spent time with the FCF Glacier Boys (Fan Control Football), TSL Sea Lions (Spring League) and Panthers Wroclaw (Football’s Europa League) in 2021 before his breakout season in the USFL. new jersey generals.

With the Generals, Turpin had 540 receiving yards in 10 games, leading the USFL and leading the way with four receiving touchdowns. The Speedster also proved his prowess on the ground, carrying the ball 23 times for 129 yards and he scored one.

Turpin returned 12 punts to the Generals, averaging 15.3 yards per attempt and scoring another touchdown.

He signed with the Cowboys in early August.


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