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DaRon Bland

#2 CB,

Cowboys

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ACTUAL 2022

116 FPTS

RANK: 203

2023 SEASON

- FPTS

RANK: -

AGE

23 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'0'' / 197 lbs

COLLEGE

Fresno State

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202217116203rd

Record-setting 2023 campaign

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-30

Bland recorded 69 tackles (53 solo) and added a league-high nine interceptions -- including an NFL record five pick-sixes -- on 15 passes defended over 17 regular-season games in 2023.

The Cowboys lost Trevon Diggs in Week 2 to ACL surgery, forcing Bland into the top coverage corner role on the defense, but the 2022 fifth-round pick thrived with the additional responsibilities. Diggs should be healthy to begin 2024, but the ball-hawking reputations of both CBs could be put to the test if defensive coordinator Dan Quinn leaves in the offseason, forcing Bland to learn a new scheme for the first time in his career.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

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Weekly Stats 2022

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Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

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Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

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Nabs league-leading ninth pick

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-08

Bland recorded three tackles (two solo) and intercepted his ninth pass of the season in Sunday's win over the Commanders.

The nine picks led the NFL, but Bland fell a little short in his quest to challenge the Cowboys' franchise record of 11, set by Everson Walls in 1981 and tied by Trevon Diggs (knee) in 2021. Diggs played only 98 snaps this season before needing surgery to repair a torn ACL, but he should be fully recovered to begin the 2024 campaign, giving Dallas two of the preeminent ballhawks in the league in its secondary.

Picks off another pass

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-01

Bland tallied six tackles (five solo) and one interception in Thursday's 41-35 Week 13 win over Seattle.

Bland had a few deep passes completed against him, but he also picked off Geno Smith in the third quarter on a pass intended for Tyler Lockett. The interception was Bland's league-leading eighth of the campaign, five of which he's returned for a touchdown. He's recorded exactly one pickoff in each of his past four contests.

Breaks pick-six record Week 12

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-24

Bland registered 10 tackles (seven solo) and returned an interception for a touchdown Thursday in a 45-10 victory versus Washington.

When Bland picked off Sam Howell and returned the ball 63 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, he became the single-season NFL record holder with five pick-sixes on the campaign. He also leads the league with seven total interceptions and has defensed six other passes for good measure. Considering his record-breaking campaign, Bland should receive some considering for DPOY at the end of the regular season.

Ties NFL record in Week 11 win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-20

Bland recorded five tackles an an interception that he returned for a 30-yard touchdown in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

The second-year cornerback was only a fifth-round pick in the 2022 Draft, but Bland has quickly emerged as the league's preeminent ballhawk. Sunday's pick-six was his fourth of the season, tying the NFL record last matched by the Eagles' Eric Allen in 1993, and he's also chipped in two other INTs this year that he didn't manage to take back to the house. Those four touchdowns stand in contrast to the one he's allowed in coverage on 42 pass attempts.

Nabs fifth pick of season

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-13

Bland recorded four tackles (three solo) and an interception in Sunday's 49-17 rout of the Giants.

The Cowboys dominated play to such an extent Sunday that Bland's four tackles actually tied for the team lead, as the defense was simply never on the field until the fourth quarter, when the backups got some extra run. The second-year cornerback had five INTs through nine games in 2023 -- one back of league leader Geno Stone -- and an incredible 10 in his first 26 NFL games, and quarterbacks have completed an eye-popping 35.0 percent of pass attempts with Bland in coverage. The Fresno State product, taken with the 167th overall pick, has emerged as one of the steals of the 2022 draft.

Scores third TD of season

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-30

Bland recorded a team-high seven tackles (six solo) and defended two passes, including one he intercepted and returned for a 30-yard touchdown in Sunday's win over the Rams.

The 2022 fifth-round pick is having an incredible season and has picked off four passes in seven games, returning three of them for TDs -- the NFL record for pick-sixes in a season is four, a mark most recently reached by the Eagles' Eric Allen in 1993. Bland's also been outstanding when he hasn't been ball-hawking, and QBs have a woeful 33.3 percent completion rate (9-for-27) when throwing into his coverage.

Gets into end zone again

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-02

Bland recorded four tackles (three solo) and three passes defended including two interceptions, one of which he returned for a 54-yard touchdown, in Sunday's 38-3 rout of the Patriots.

Amazingly, Bland's pick-six against Mac Jones just before halftime was the Cowboys' second defensive TD of the second quarter, and well as being the cornerback's second touchdown of the season. Bland is quickly proving his aptitude for ballhawking as a rookie was no fluke -- after grabbing five INTs in 17 games last season, he already has three in four games to begin 2023.

Returns INT to house in rout

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-11

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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