A.J. Bouye, Jalen Ramsey
When free agent cornerback A.J. Bouye signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in March, penciled in to start opposite 2016 rookie sensation Jalen Ramsey, it gave the Jaguars arguably the NFL’s best pair of corners — on paper.
This week, that status was all but confirmed, as Bouye and Ramsey were selected as the starting cornerbacks for the AFC in the 2018 Pro Bowl. The NFL’s annual all-star game is scheduled for Jan. 28 in Orlando.
Bouye had six interceptions this season to go with 17 pass breakups and 49 tackles. Ramsey registered four interceptions, 17 pass breakups and 53 tackles. Continue reading
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Similar to Colin Kaepernick at the quarterback position, the most well-known defensive back in the 2017 NFL free-agency class is still unsigned as the preseason gets underway.
That DB would be Darrelle Revis, the future Hall of Fame cornerback whose swift drop-off from shutdown to sit-down last season compelled the New York Jets to release him following another failed attempt to make the playoffs. Although Revis is only 32 years old, the Super Bowl champion and seven-time Pro Bowler has reportedly received little interest on the free-agent market. And if he does find a team, he might be asked to move to safety to mask whatever loss of speed and cover skills he’s had. Continue reading
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Football’s fraternity of defensive backs lost a young member on March 18 when Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker, just 23 years old and coming off his rookie season in the NFL, died from injuries he suffered in a dirt bike accident in his native Florida.
Walker grew up in Miami and played football at Northwestern High School, a nationally-recognized powerhouse that has produced the likes of Buccaneers LB Lavonte David, retired NFL receiver Brett Perriman — father of Walker’s NFL teammate Breshad Perriman — and former Dolphins OL Vernon Carey.
Walker played defensive back, receiver and punter at Northwestern. His high school teammates included Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and Raiders WR Amari Cooper. Continue reading
Going into the 2015 season, the competition for the title of NFL’s Best Cornerback seemed like a clear two-man race between Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis. But midway through the schedule, Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers has surprisingly played his way into the discussion.
The hierarchy at safety was, and has been, less obvious and more inclusive. Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle, Harrison Smith, Kam Chancellor, Tyrann Mathieu and Devin McCourty were all realistic contenders for NFL’s Best Safety going into the season. And now, Reshad Jones has been added to the list. Continue reading
Honestly, I don’t know anyone who plays in a fantasy football league that still uses Individual Defensive Players (IDPs) as a category, but apparently it is still a thing.
In this year’s Sporting News NFL fantasy preview magazine, the top 30 IDPs in each position group are ranked — and the man at the top of the list of defensive backs is not a man who would typically be considered the best DB in the league by most standards. Really, the SN‘s entire list of top-30 fantasy DBs looks nothing like anybody’s list of top-30 DBs in general. Continue reading
The latest time-killing (albeit welcome) offseason project by FOX Sports NFL writer Alex Marvez was to put together a team of the league’s best players who are in their 30s — also known as “aging” in the chew-em-up, spit-em-out world of professional football.
Perusing the lineup, you can get a sense of how this sport takes its toll on the human body. Only one position player, 36-year-old Ravens receiver Steve Smith is on the other side of 35. (The oldest is 42-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri.) Almost everyone else on the team between 30 and 33 years old. Continue reading