Losing Pro Bowl cornerback Trevon Diggs, whose 18 career interceptions since 2020 are tied for the second-most in the NFL, was a big blow for the Dallas Cowboys defense
Bland recorded his fourth pick-six of the season, tied for the most in a season in NFL history in Sunday's 33-10 blowout victory over the Panthers.
Actually ending up in the end zone, I didn't know what to do. I had no celebration at that point. It was good. I felt all my teammates bum rush me."
Bland is the fourth player in NFL history to have four in a season, but Bland still has seven games left after Sunday's contest.
Bland was never guaranteed playtime since he was a fifth-round pick out of Sacramento State, but his emergence now has Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones taking a victory lap on his selection during the middle of Bland's second season.
The 24-year-old began his career as a fill-in at nickel cornerback for an injured Jourdan Lewis last season, and he hauled in five interceptions as a rookie in 2022, tied for the fifth-most in the entire NFL.
He's not a big rah rah [guy] and doesn't even really talk much to be honest with you. He does it within his play on the field, does it in practice.