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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Damarious Randall

Damarious Randall

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Damarious Randall, CB, Packers (NFL) — The last time Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw a million interceptions against the Packers, back in the NFC Championship game following the 2014 season, he found a way to turn things around in time to lead an improbable comeback and put Seattle in its second straight Super Bowl.

This time, there was no comeback. Just a lot of interceptions.

Wilson threw five INTs against the Packers in Sunday’s 38-10 loss at Lambeau Field. Two of them were to Randall, the second-year corner who was still in college during that crazy Packers-Seahawks playoff game. Continue reading

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USC’s Jackson cleans up during NCAA award season

Adoree Jackson

Adoree Jackson

While one part-time defensive back will sit among the finalists for college football’s Heisman Trophy on Saturday and find out where he finishes in the voting, one full-time defensive back who does spot duty in other areas claimed what is usually the biggest prize available to DBs on the NCAA level.

USC junior cornerback Adoree Jackson won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back, at Thursday’s College Football Awards show.

Jackson beat out fellow finalists Tre’Davious White of LSU and Jourdan Lewis of Michigan, both senior cornerbacks. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Adoree Jackson

Adoree Jackson

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Adoree Jackson, CB, USC (NCAA) — Defense was actually the least impressive of Jackson’s multi-faceted feats in USC’s 45-27 win over Notre Dame on Saturday.

Jackson had two tackles and two pass breakups against the Irish. He also had a 52-yard touchdown catch while playing offense, a 55-yard punt return touchdown, and a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown.

The junior cornerback and track star will either be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, or he’ll be a preseason pick to contend for the 2017 Heisman Trophy. And don’t be surprised if he also competes in the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials as a long jumper. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Eric Berry

Eric Berry

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Eric Berry, SS, Chiefs (NFL) — After spending three quarters as supporting cast members on a Cam Newton highlight reel, Berry and the Chiefs defense stepped up in the fourth quarter on Sunday to pave the way for a stunning 20-17 comeback victory over the Panthers.

Kansas City was trailing 17-6 before Berry intercepted a Newton pass and took it back 42 yards for a touchdown. During the return, Berry broke three or four tackles and used two spin moves to get free.

That would turn out to be the Chiefs’ only touchdown of the game, sandwiched between four field goals. Berry finished with a team-high nine tackles, including one tackle for loss, and two pass breakups to go with the pick-six. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Darius Slay Jr.

Darius Slay Jr.

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Darius Slay Jr., CB, Lions (NFL): In 2015, Josh Norman went from being occasionally mentioned as one of the most underrated cornerbacks in the NFL to being regularly touted as perhaps the best corner in the league. And that transformation seemed to happen overnight.

In 2016, Slay is the best candidate to make a Norman-like leap into the elite. During the offseason there was a growing buzz around Slay, who had declared himself one of the league’s top corners and appeared to gather some co-signers around the same time the Lions inked him to a four-year, $50 million contract extension despite Slay having yet to make a Pro Bowl roster.

On Sunday against the undefeated Eagles, Slay took a big step toward getting the mainstream recognition he wants. Continue reading

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