Dallas Cowboys rookie cornerback Anthony Brown has made a bigger impact than most expected as a sixth-round pick out of Purdue.
And he delivered another pivotal play on Sunday night against the New York Giants, intercepting his first career pass early in the fourth quarter.
At the time, the Giants had a 10-7 lead and were driving into Cowboys territory. They had the ball on the Dallas 22 when New York quarterback Eli Manning tried to hit Victor Cruz on a route that Brown jumped perfectly.
Brown came down with the ball and the Cowboys took over on their own 15. But the offense gained only 10 yards on the ensuing series and punted.
In the end, the Cowboys couldn’t take advantage of the three takeaways produced by the defense in a 10-7 loss.
“It is good to get [my first interception], good to feel the ball, but we just didn’t get it done today,” Brown said. “The defense had a couple turnovers, but just one short I guess.”
Brown played all 67 defensive snaps on Sunday, the second consecutive game he’s done that. And he continues to make strides by coming through with his first career interception.
“It was just reading the quarterback’s eyes,” said Brown, who had four interceptions as a senior at Purdue last season. “I had my eyes on the quarterback the whole time and once I saw him making the throw, I just jumped the route. We needed a play at the time, so just trying to make a play for my team.”
Brown wasn’t sure what he’d do with the ball from his first signature play in the NFL, saying it may give it to his mom or dad.
“We’ll see,” Brown said.