Posts Tagged With: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Super Bowl champs boast NFL’s top CB tandem

Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr.

Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr.

Apparently the offseason is ranking season in the NFL.

With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror, and training camps still a few weeks away, it seems every football media outlet is coming out with a variety of rankings and lists to pass the downtime.

NFL.com recently gave retired cornerback Ike Taylor, a 12-year vet who won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the task of putting together a list of the league’s top five cornerback tandems.

Even a casual football fan would not be surprised to find the Denver Broncos on top of Taylor’s list. 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:

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Team Irvin (NFL): In the summer before my freshman year of high school, I went to a football camp run by Eric Metcalf, a Seattle native and NFL running back who just happened to be my favorite football player ever. On the final day of camp, each age group played a scrimmage game that was either flag or two-hand touch — I can’t remember. I do vividly remember that I got two interceptions in that game and was awarded a trophy at the end for basically being the defensive MVP. Doesn’t sound like much now, but it was that camp and that scrimmage that erased any doubt I had going into high school about my ability to play defensive back at a level higher than Little League. So I’m not going to downplay Rodgers-Cromartie’s efforts as the most impactful defensive player in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, which was essentially a two-hand touch affair in the fourth quarter. DRC, who plays for the New York Giants in his day job, had two interceptions for Team Irvin in their 49-27 victory over Team Rice. Continue reading

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Richard Sherman first DB taken in Pro Bowl Draft

Richard Sherman

If you were to gather a group of NFL fans to talk about the Pro Bowl — difficult a task as that may be — you’ll find quite a few who believe the league should simply announce the rosters and scrap the idea of actually playing what has become the worst all-star game among the major American sports.

As football-mad as this country is, nobody seems to be going crazy over the Pro Bowl. And with good reason.

A salary bonus and recognition among peers are the biggest perks a player gets out of being voted to the Pro Bowl. As for the game itself, beyond the free trip to Hawaii, it means nothing. 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:

Eric Berry, FS, Chiefs (NFL): He had already beaten cancer, made it back to the NFL, and made it back into Kansas City’s starting lineup. In the Chiefs’ 23-13 win over the Steelers on Sunday, Berry reached another milestone when he grabbed his first interception since being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last December. The three-time Pro Bowler also had a team-high six tackles.

Lance Austin, DB, Georgia Tech (NCAA): Last week, it was Michigan State freshman DB Jalen Watts-Jackson whose unbelievable special-teams play — a 38-yard touchdown return of a botched punt as time expired to beat Michigan — seemed like a lock for college football’s play of the year. This week, it was Georgia Tech sophomore Austin who made another miracle happen. The Yellow Jackets were tied with Florida State with six seconds left as the favored Seminoles lined up for a 56-yard field goal. The kick was blocked, and Austin picked it up. Seventy-eight yards later, with no time on the clock, he crossed the goal line to give Tech a wild 22-16 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:

Mike Adams, SS, Colts (NFL) — In a league that places a premium on preparation, sometimes a defense is vulnerable when facing a backup or rookie quarterback, since there is little to no film to use to draw up a game plan. But the veteran Adams had no problem adapting to change in Indianapolis’ 41-17 win over the Titans on Sunday. He intercepted Tennessee backup Charlie Whitehurst (who was starting in place of injured Jake Locker) and got an INT off third-string rookie Zach Mettenberger.

Ishmael Adams, FS, UCLA (NCAA) — The junior safety left his footprints, and probably some scorched turf, all over the Bruins’ 62-27 win over Arizona State on Thursday. Adams returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown right before halftime, then returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score in the third quarter. He finished with 296 all-purpose yards and became the first FBS player since Pacman Jones in 2003 to score on an interception and a kickoff return on the road. 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:

Greg Toler, CB, Colts (NFL) — Jaguars rookie QB Blake Bortles’ NFL initiation on Sunday included a 44-17 blowout loss to Indianapolis and a pick-six thrown to Toler, who took it 47 yards to the house. Toler also had four tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and two pass breakups.

Darrius Sims, CB, Vanderbilt (NCAA) — He didn’t really do anything on defense during Vandy’s 48-34 loss to South Carolina on Saturday, but Sims still had a major impact with two kickoff return touchdowns. The sophomore corner took the opening kickoff back 91 yards, and in the third quarter he took one back 100 yards. On both returns, Sims simply spotted the hole in the Gamecocks’ kick coverage, got to that hole before anyone else, and outran everybody to the end zone untouched. Continue reading

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