Cowboys' Turpin, fresh off USFL MVP, stars on special teams

Cowboys' Turpin, fresh off USFL MVP, stars on special teams

Aug 21, 2022

It's Turpin Time!

Newly minted Dallas Cowboys wide receiver KaVontae Turpin showed out in Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers — just six weeks after being crowned MVP of the USFL's inaugural season.

Midway through the first quarter, Turpin notched the Cowboys' first score of the night, returning a kickoff 98 yards to the house.

The fancy footwork gave Dallas a 7-3 lead.

The TCU product followed that up with a dazzling 86-yard punt return for a touchdown that brought Cowboys fans to their feet.

The big play put the Cowboys up 22-10, and they would lead 29-10 at the half.

Turpin signed with the Cowboys earlier this month after a successful season with the New Jersey Generals. His 540 receiving yards across 10 games led the USFL, and his four receiving touchdowns topped the roster. The speedster also showcased his talents on the ground, carrying the ball 23 times for 129 yards and one score. 

Turpin, 26, also returned 12 punts for the Generals, averaging 15.3 yards per attempt and scoring another touchdown. 

The Cowboys are a bit light on options for a punt returner this season, having lost one of their primary return men in Cedrick Wilson, and with CeeDee Lamb moving into the No. 1 receiver role that'll make him less likely to appear on special teams. 

That said, Turpin's ability as a returner could certainly prove to be a bright spot for the Cowboys this season.

Dallas also signed former New Orleans Breakers linebacker Christian Sam this summer.