Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis' late pick vs. Saints is 'testament' to defense's work ethic

Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis' late pick vs. Saints is 'testament' to defense's work ethic

Jourdan Lewis’ first career interception couldn’t have come at a better time for the Cowboys. 

Dallas was driving toward the end zone in the fourth quarter Thursday night, nursing a three-point lead against the Saints. But quarterback Dak Prescott fumbled on New Orleans’ 6-yard line as he was brought down by Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan. Jordan recovered the ball to set Drew Brees up for a potential game-winning drive.

That’s when Lewis stepped up. He’s only the third player to pick off Brees this season, and his late interception sealed the Cowboys’ 13-10 win. 

Now dubbed “The Closer” by defensive backs coach Kris Richard, Lewis credits that grab to the defense’s work ethic.

“It’s a testament to who I am and the guys around me,” Lewis said, via the Dallas Morning News. “They believe in me and they put me out there. I really appreciate the opportunity to go out there and execute, and I’m just glad I did.”

Lewis, who’s in his second year with the Cowboys, got more time on the field than usual. He had played in just 13.9 percent of the team’s snaps entering the contest, but that number spiked as he was part of a Dallas defense that deployed six defensive backs to try and stop the high-powered Saints offense.

His efforts impressed teammate and fellow DB Chidobe Awuzie.

“I was speaking in tongues or something I was so excited,” Awuzie said. “It’s a guy we know we can make those plays. To see him make it, especially on a night like this, means so much to the team, means so much to him. … He’s got to do it again now, I’m going to be expecting that more from J-Lew.”

Lewis finished with just one tackle, but it was the pick that will keep the Cowboys buzzing.