KaVontae Turpin

KaVontae Turpin Vying For More Time At Receiver Next Season

Dallas Cowboys WR Kavontae Turpin made last year’s Pro Bowl as a rookie, but didn’t feature much in the offense.

The 26-year-old had only three carries and was targeted just twice in the passing game in 2022. KaVontae Turpin featured almost entirely on kick and punt returns.

KaVontae Turpin had 508 yards with a long of 63 and an average of 24.4 yards per return on 21 kick returns. He also had 303 total yards on 29 punt returns.

 

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Turpin’s goal for next season is to be a part of the offense in earnest.

“Me and (Mike McCarthy) talked about it during our exit forum [following the 2022 season], and he told me to get my rest because [this] year they’re gonna try to find plays and ways to get me some touches on offense,” Turpin said

“So that’s what I did. … I just have to stay patient. … I’m just trying to do my job and make sure [the coaches] see me as a playmaker.”

From next season, a rule change will allow teams to begin possession at the 25 yard line for fair catches. However, Turpin doesn’t see this impacting his game.

 

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“To be real, I don’t really care about the kickoff return rule because I’m not fair catching [anything] on kickoff return — just being real with you,” Turpin said.

“Punt return? Yeah, OK sure, but kickoff return? I’m not fair catching [anything], so that new rule? I don’t care about it. They had it in college and I didn’t fair catch.”

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