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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Jamar Taylor

Jamar Taylor

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Jamar Taylor, CB, Browns (NFL) — I have an unofficial rule that you have to win to get on the Pick Six list, and so all season long I hadn’t even been able to consider putting a defensive back from my Cleveland Browns in this space. But then on Saturday, the Browns beat the Chargers 20-17, “improving” to 1-14 and avoiding the possibility of making history for all the wrong reasons.

Taylor, in his first season as a regular starter after three years as a backup with the Dolphins, has shined enough through all the losing that Cleveland signed him to a three-year contract extension earlier this month.

In Saturday’s emotional victory, Taylor had five tackles, including one tackle for a loss, two pass breakups and an interception. Continue reading

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NFL’s Top 100: DBs who just missed the cut

Vontae Davis

Vontae Davis

As expected, the two-hour TV special unveiling the top 10 players in the NFL Network’s ranking of the top 100 for 2016 didn’t feature any defensive backs. And at the same time, it kind of did.

After All-Pro and Pro Bowl and all-everything-else breakout star cornerback Josh Norman made the list at No. 11 in the previous episode, it was safe to assume there would be no DBs in the top 10. But this episode did include a segment on the next 10 who just missed the top-100 cut, otherwise known as Nos. 101 through 110. And that group included three defensive backs: 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:

Demetrious Cox, S, Michigan State (NCAA): Following its 39-38 loss to Nebraska on Nov. 7, the Michigan State defense allowed an average of 12.5 points in its last four games to secure a spot in college football’s national championship playoff. In Saturday’ 16-13 victory over previously-undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game, Cox made his defensive contribution with seven tackles and an interception in the end zone off a deflected pass that he literally snatched off a teammate’s back.

Rontez Miles, FS, Jets (NFL): So much was made about star CB Darrelle Revis having to miss Sunday’s Jets-Giants game and whether the Jets’ secondary could handle Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. They didn’t, as OBJ caught six balls for 149 yards and a touchdown, but did good enough against QB Eli Manning and the Giants’ other receivers to help the Jets to a 23-20 overtime victory. Miles’ interception on a fourth down in the fourth quarter in the red zone kept the Giants from scoring a potentially backbreaking TD and set up a key field goal for the Jets. Continue reading

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Norman headlines NFL midseason All-Pro secondary

Josh Norman

One vintage Richard Sherman performance on a national TV stage was apparently not enough to land the man widely considered the best cornerback in football a starting spot on NFL.com’s midseason All-Pro team.

Sherman attached himself to Dez Bryant last Sunday and held the Cowboys’ star wide receiver to just two catches for 12 yards, recording four pass breakups and helping Seattle to a much-needed 13-12 victory. But as good as Sherman was in that game against one of the best pass-catches in the league, he has not been one of the NFL’s two best cornerbacks this season — at least not according to writer Chris Wesseling. Continue reading

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