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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Devin McCourty

Devin McCourty

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Devin McCourty, FS, Patriots (NFL) — Not one of New England’s defensive backs had a standout game statistically. Nobody made a very memorable big play or forced a takeaway. So, McCourty gets this spot under the Kawhi Leonard/Andre Iguodala NBA Finals MVP criteria: It’s not so much what he did, it’s more about what he prevented someone else from doing.

Just like Leonard and Iguodala were rewarded primarily for not allowing LeBron James to completely dominate the 2014 and 2015 Finals, respectively, McCourty’s biggest accomplishment in the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI is that he didn’t allow Atlanta WR Julio Jones to dominate the game. Continue reading

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4 sets of teammates among Pro Bowl defensive backs

Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith

Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith

After three seasons experimenting with a playground-style Pro Bowl where captains chose teams from a pool of the league’s top players, the NFL is returning to the traditional AFC-vs.-NFC format for its 2017 all-star game.

There are a couple of new wrinkles: The Pro Bowl will be held in Florida instead of Hawaii, and in the days leading up to the game there will be a “Pro Bowl Skills Showdown” that — hopefully — might be as cool as the old “NFL’s Fastest Man” and QB-challenge competitions I remember from when I was a kid.

Another Pro Bowl tradition is having a lot of players who are voted into the game being replaced by alternates. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Grant Haley

Grant Haley

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Grant Haley, CB, Penn State (NCAA): Grant Haley isn’t slow. According to his Penn State bio, he lettered in track and field in high school, and he’s already set football records as a kick returner for the Nittany Lions. His mom, Carla Neal-Haley, ran track for Penn State, so we know he doesn’t come from slow genes.

And yet I’ve never been so worried that a defensive back was going to get caught in a 60-yard sprint by a kicker and a punter as I was when Haley juuuuust beat Ohio State’s Tyler Durbin and Cameron Johnston to the end zone in Penn State’s 24-21 upset win over the 2nd-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday. 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:

Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma (NCAA) — The Sooners are competing for a spot in college football’s first-ever national championship playoffs. The Longhorns are just trying to rediscover what it’s like to be competitive as they undergo a rebuilding process. This year’s Red River Rivalry game wasn’t supposed to be close, and after Sanchez’s 43-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter gave OU a 17-3 lead on Saturday, it was looking like the blowout everybody predicted. Texas came back to make it a game in the fourth quarter, but Oklahoma was able to hang on for a 31-26 victory. Sanchez, a redshirt sophomore who added eight tackles and three pass breakups, now has one INT in each of Oklahoma’s five wins this season. In the one game in which he didn’t get a pick, the Sooners lost to TCU. Continue reading

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