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March 17, 2021 10:00 AM
Bengals' Chidobe Awuzie: Joins Bengals on three-year deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie agreed to a three-year contract with the Bengals on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

The financial terms of the contract have yet to be disclosed, but Awuzie will add depth to Cincinnati's revamped secondary, which will also be adding former Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton. Awuzie had 38 tackles and five passes defensed with the Cowboys last season, needing just eight games to rack up those statistics.

January 18, 2021 03:00 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Battles through tough season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie recorded 38 tackles (29 solo) with five passes defended, an interception and a fumble recovery during eight games in 2020.

Lower-body issues and a brief stint on the COVID-19 list cost him half the year, but when he was on the field Awuzie delivered his usual rate of IDP production. The fourth-year corner is headed for free agency, and with the Cowboys bringing in a new defensive coordinator in Dan Quinn, it's not clear whether retaining the services of the 2017 second-round pick will be a priority this offseason.

December 16, 2020 02:24 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Returns from COVID list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Awuzie was placed on the list after being in close contact with an infected individual, but he has cleared the protocols necessary to return. Barring any setbacks in practice this week, the cornerback should be out there Sunday against San Francisco.

December 14, 2020 06:48 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Expected to play Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Awuzie will be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list soon, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Awuzie was a high-risk close contact to an infected person, and he's cleared the necessary protocols to return to the team facilities. He's expected to practice Wednesday. Barring a setback, Awuzie should start at cornerback in Sunday's game against the 49ers. Through five games this season, Awuzie has allowed 215 yards and two touchdowns in coverage.

December 11, 2020 03:52 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Shifts to COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cowboys placed Awuzie (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Todd Archer of reports.

Awuzie was placed on the list due to either testing positive for the virus or coming into close contact with someone who did. The Colorado product has been used in a starting role the past three games, racking up 20 tackles (15 solo) and a pass breakup over that span. If Awuzie is forced to miss Sunday's game against the Bengals, Deante Burton and C.J. Goodwin would be in line for an uptick in snaps.

November 10, 2020 03:16 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Moves to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cowboys activated Awuzie (hamstring) from injured reserve Tuesday, Rob Phillips of the team's official site reports.

Awuzie has recovered from a severe hamstring injury, and he'll make his return to the lineup in Week 11 against the Vikings, his first appearance since Week 2. The Cowboys' defense could use the boost, as it's allowed a league-high 32.2 points per game this season. Awuzie should return to a starting role after allowing just 45.1 receiving yards per game in 2019.

November 3, 2020 02:04 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: May make it back against Steelers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Mike McCarthy said that Awuzie (hamstring) "was not quite ready" to be activated for Sunday night's 23-9 loss to the Eagles, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Awuzie has been residing on injured reserve since Sept. 26, missing a total of six games for the Cowboys. Dallas' defense has been brutal this season, getting torched for 34 or more points in five outings already. The return of Awuzie would provide some relief for a Cowboys team that has lost five of its past six contests, and it seems that development is on the horizon with him being designated to return from IR on Oct. 22.

October 22, 2020 07:20 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Shifting off IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie was designated to return from injured reserve Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The banged-up Cowboys secondary has performed pitifully this season, allowing the fourth-most passing touchdowns per game (2.3) and the fourth-most completions of 40-plus yards (five). Awuzie's pending return has a chance to sure up Dallas' back end, as he has held opponents to a sub-60 percent completion rate each of the past two seasons. Though Awuzie surrendered two passing TDs over his first two appearances of 2020 during Weeks 1 and 2, he did at least record an interception and two pass deflections.

September 26, 2020 09:00 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie (hamstring) was put on IR on Saturday.

The 2020 IR rules dictate that Awuzie will need to sit a minimum of three weeks before returning, so the soonest he could return to the field will be in Week 6 against the Cardinals. Saivion Smith was signed from the practice squad to fill the roster spot vacated by Awuzie.

September 25, 2020 06:36 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Not suiting up Week 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie (hamstring) won't play Sunday in Seattle, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Awuzie suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys' Week 2 win against the Falcons while working on special teams. After failing to practice all week, he'll yield his 86-percent snap share to some combination of Jourdan Lewis and Daryl Worley for at least one game and perhaps more.

September 23, 2020 08:08 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Multi-week absence expected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie (hamstring) is expected to miss multiple weeks, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

It's never a good time to suffer an injury, but Awuzie's absence figures to be especially glaring with Russell Wilson and the high-flying Seahawks passing game on the schedule in Week 3. Given the multiweek timeline of his absence, the soonest Awuzie could realistically return to the field will be Week 5 against the Giants.

September 21, 2020 09:52 AM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Done for day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie (hamstring) is out for the remainder of Sunday's game against Atlanta, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

It's unclear how Awuize suffered the injury, but with the game seemingly out of reach, the team could elect to save the corner from further injury. As long as Awuize is sidelined, expect Jourdan Lewis to see an uptick in snaps.

September 14, 2020 10:56 AM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Snags pick in Sunday's loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie recorded two tackles and his first interception of the season in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

He intercepted exactly one pass in each of his first three seasons in the NFL, and Awuzie took care of extending that streak very quickly in 2020, snagging a Jared Goff pass intended for rookie Van Jefferson in the third quarter. With free agency looming, Awuzie should be very motivated to make an impact this season, and a more aggressive defensive philosophy under new coordinator Mike Nolan should give him more chances to ball hawk than he had under Rod Marinelli's system.

September 11, 2020 04:44 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Officially ready for Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie (leg) will play in Sunday's game versus the Rams, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Awuzie was expected to be available, but it's good news that it's official since Jourdan Lewis (ankle) has been ruled out. The 25-year-old cornerback may not be a starter Sunday with rookie Trevon Diggs on board, but Awuzie will likely still log a major workload after playing nearly every snap last season and recording 79 tackles, 14 pass breakups and an interception.

September 9, 2020 05:56 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Practices in full
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie (leg) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Awuzie suffered a leg injury late August, but he's already resumed practicing without restrictions. The 2017 second-round pick is on track to suit up Sunday night against the Rams. Coach Mike McCarthy alluded to the possibility of Awuzie taking snaps at both cornerback and safety earlier this offseason.

August 30, 2020 07:56 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Held out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie did not practice Sunday due to a leg injury, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The severity of Awuzie's injury remains unclear, but there's not yet any reason to worry about his regular-season availability. With Jourdan Lewis (ankle) still not practicing and in a walking boot, however, the Cowboys will be forced to practice with a depleted cornerback group as long as Awuzie remains sidelined.

April 27, 2020 11:04 AM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Could see snaps at safety
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Mike McCarthy said after the draft that he was comfortable with the Cowboys' flexibility in the secondary, and Awuzie would seem to be the most likely player to split time between corner and safety, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Dallas added two cornerbacks, including second-round pick Trevon Diggs, in the draft but didn't pick up a safety, but the team's new coach doesn't think lack of depth at the latter position will be an issue. "We may have some players that can not only play corner but can also slide over and play some safety," McCarthy said afterward. Awuzie was viewed as a possible corner/safety hybrid coming out of college, as he lined up all over the field in the Colorado defense, but so far he's played only cornerback in the pros. With Diggs, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, fourth-round pick Reggie Robinson and a number of other depth options available at CB, however, Awuzie's versatility could be put to the test in 2020.

January 4, 2020 12:32 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Another solid season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie finished the 2019 campaign with 79 tackles (48 solo), one interception on 14 passes defended and a fumble recovery.

The tackles and PDs were both career highs for the third-year corner, while his 87.2 QB rating allowed on 96 pass attempts sent his way was a slight improvement on his 2018 performance. Awuzie's efforts have made him a solid complement to Byron Jones in the Cowboys' secondary, but with Jones headed into free agency, Awuzie could find himself overmatched as the team's No. 1 cornerback in 2020 if Jones doesn't return or isn't replaced by another true shutdown CB.

November 29, 2019 08:24 PM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Has thigh contusion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie suffered a thigh contusion in Thursday's loss to the Bills, Brianna Dix of D210 Sports reports.

The team is optimistic Awuzie will be able to suit up Week 14 against the Bears. The 24-year-old has 60 tackles (36 solo), one interception and 10 pass breakups in 12 games this season.

October 2, 2019 12:04 AM
Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie: Notches first pick of 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Awuzie recorded six total tackles (five solo), a pass breakup and an interception over 70 defensive snaps in Sunday's prime-time loss to New Orleans.

Awuzie's lone interception Sunday already matches the career high he set in 2017 and matched in 2018. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a starting role in Dallas' secondary dating back to the beginning of the 2018 campaign and figures to continue operating in that role for the foreseeable future.

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