The NFL’s first Defensive Rookie of the Year award was given to a cornerback: Lem Barney of the Detroit Lions back in 1967. Since then, only seven other corners (and two safeties) have received the honor.
Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints joined the club at Saturday’s NFL Honors award show, winning a landslide vote over Buffalo Bills CB Tre’Davious White and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster.
Lattimore and Barney have another historical connection: With Saints running back Alvin Kamara winning the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, Lattimore and Kamara became the second set of teammates to sweep the league’s ROTY awards. The first were Barney and Lions RB Mel Farr in 1967, exactly 50 years prior. Continue reading
The NFL playoff field is set — an eclectic mix of high-powered offenses (the Rams score a league-best 29.9 points per game) and stingy defenses (the Vikings allow a league-low 15.8 points per game), hotshot rookies (league rushing leader Kareem Hunt) and Hall of Fame locks who have been playing forever (Tom Brady), postseason regulars (Steelers) and teams that haven’t been to the playoff party in a long time (Bills).
Since they say defense wins championships, that means there are some defensive backs whose play will mean a lot in determining how the road to the Super Bowl is paved. Continue reading
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Josh Shaw, DB, Bengals (NFL): The last time you probably heard Shaw’s name, it was in connection to the drama he created for himself at USC when he made up a story about jumping from a second-story balcony to save his drowning nephew, injuring both ankles in the process. (You could almost hear the “Baywatch” music in the background.)
Turns out, Shaw really hurt his ankle jumping from a balcony to avoid the cops. The injuries and accompanying suspension cost him all but three games of his senior season, but the Bengals still took Shaw with a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and have since utilized his talents as a versatile DB who can play corner and safety.
On Sunday, Shaw had his biggest game as a pro. Continue reading
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