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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Minkah Fitzpatrick

Minkah Fitzpatrick

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama (NCAA) — I have to wonder how many NCAA Division-1 teams the Crimson Tide could beat if their offenses didn’t score at all. Alabama’s defense and special teams are so potent, you could pair them with South Carolina’s offense (the worst in the SEC) and they’d probably still be playing for a national championship next month.

After surprisingly falling behind 7-0 to Florida in Saturday’s SEC title game, ‘Bama responded with a field goal, then took the lead on Fitzpatrick’s interception and 44-yard return for a touchdown. Soon after that, they extended the lead with a blocked punt return for another touchdown and cruised to a 54-16 victory. 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

Bradley Roby

Bradley Roby

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Bradley Roby, CB, Broncos (NFL): Starting in place of injured All-Pro CB Aqib Talib on Sunday, Roby came up with seven tackles and an interception, which he returned 49 yards for a touchdown in Denver’s 27-19 win over the Chargers.

With the Broncos trailing in the second quarter, Roby allowed Chargers WR Tyrell Williams to get a step on him on a drag route across the middle. But the ball popped out of Williams’ hands and Roby was in the right place to catch the deflection and take it to the house untouched. Continue reading

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Cardinals’ pair tops list of NFL’s most valuable DBs

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Ike Taylor should be well acquainted with the benefits and detriments of sharing a secondary with a teammate who is headed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Taylor’s 12-year career as a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers began and ended with him playing alongside strong safety Troy Polamalu, an eight-time Pro Bowler who will go down in history as one of the game’s greatest defensive backs. Taylor (fourth round) and Polamalu (first round) were both chosen by Pittsburgh in the 2003 NFL Draft, and both retired following the 2014 season.

Thanks in no small part to Polamalu, Taylor played in three Super Bowls and won two of them. And Taylor probably had a bit of an easier time guarding some receivers because not many relished the idea of going across the middle with Polamalu patrolling that part of the field. Continue reading

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Super Bowl 50: A look at the secondaries

Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib

Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib

Two story lines have dominated the buildup to Super Bowl 50: Peyton Manning‘s unforgiving oldness and Cam Newton‘s unforgivable Blackness.

It’s no surprise, since quarterbacks are almost always the stars of the pre-Super Bowl show. But in most years there are at least some other intriguing angles for the media and for the public to latch onto: a reclusive running back’s maddening silence, a legendary linebacker’s impending retirement, a curmudgeonly coach’s mysterious methods.

This year, however, it seems to be all about the QBs. Which of course means that the difference-maker who will decide the outcome of Sunday’s game will probably be a player who received little to no attention during these two hype-filled weeks. And that man will suddenly become the subject of a thousand “Who is this guy?” pieces about the “unknown” who was completely available for get-to-know-you interviews while everyone was busy chasing Cam and Peyton. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Sunday’s NFL conference title games were hyped and marketed as a pair of star-studded quarterback shootouts. In the AFC, it was future Hall of Fame legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning going head-to-head; and in the NFC, former Heisman Trophy winners and 2015 MVP front-runners Cam Newton and Carson Palmer going throw for throw. But while Newton did put together another sparkling stat line, it was the respective defenses of the two winning teams that ultimately proved to be the difference between Super Bowl and sitting at home.

Kurt Coleman, SS, Panthers (NFL): Josh Norman certainly deserves all the praise he’s receiving for pushing his way into the best-cornerback-in-football conversation this season, but Coleman has been an invaluable and overlooked playmaker in Carolina’s secondary. Coleman had two interceptions against the Cardinals in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, one of them in the end zone to prevent what could have been a momentum-swinging TD for Arizona. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Bradley Roby, CB, Broncos (NFL): While he did get beaten a few times by Pittsburgh’s Antonio-Brown-less receiving corps in Sunday’s AFC divisional-round playoff game, Roby stepped up and made the single biggest play of the game. The Broncos were trailing the Steelers in the fourth quarter when Roby dislodged the ball from RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, forcing a fumble that set up QB Peyton Manning to drive Denver down for the go-ahead score in their 23-16 victory.

Rashad Johnson, FS, Cardinals (NFL): The bad? Johnson and All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson were the ones who allowed Packers WR Jeff Janis to catch that impossible Hail Mary touchdown that forced overtime in Saturday’s NFC divisional-round playoff game. The good? The Cardinals were still able to get the W, and Johnson had Arizona’s only interception (that counted) against QB Aaron Rodgers as well as adding five tackles in Arizona’s 26-20 overtime victory. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets (NFL): He stole what was supposed to be Andrew Luck’s show on “Monday Night Football,” intercepting one pass and recovering two fumbles in the Jets’ defensively dominant 20-7 victory. Revis also had four tackles and turned Indy’s No. 1 receiver, T.Y. Hilton, into a non-factor (4 rec, 45 yds). With Revis at the helm, a Jets’ defense that last season threatened to break an NFL record for fewest forced turnovers has this season taken the ball away from its opponents a league-high 10 times through two games.

RJ Williamson, SS, Michigan State (NCAA): In Saturday’s 35-21 win over Air Force, Williamson had five tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery, which he took back 64 yards for a touchdown. The senior strong safety then put the finishing touch on the Spartans’ victory by recovering Air Force’s onside kick late in the fourth quarter. Continue reading

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