Reshad Jones is building up a reputation as perhaps the most underrated player in the NFL.
Miami’s playmaking free safety racked up 135 tackles last season, fourth overall in the league and tops among defensive backs. Jones also had five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), two sacks and one fumble recovery. Some players and media — and a lot of Dolphins fans — believe Jones is the best safety in the NFL. But when the 2015 Pro Bowl selections were announced, Jones was not on the list.
Jones was later added to the roster as an alternate, and he ended up playing in the Pro Bowl due to some defensive backs who were originally voted in having to skip the game due to their teams being in the Super Bowl. But that initial snub was possibly the most glaring of any Pro Bowl snub from last season. 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
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Corey White, CB, Saints (NFL) — In a Sunday night primetime meeting that was hyped as a guaranteed shootout between the Saints and Packers, one team actually decided to play defense. With Green Bay going for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter, White tipped an Aaron Rodgers pass near the goal line that was intercepted by linebacker David Hawthorne. That set up a New Orleans touchdown, and they never trailed after that in a 44-23 victory. In the fourth quarter, White added an interception of his own. Continue reading
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Size doesn’t mean everything in football, but it does mean something. Especially in the passing game.
The final game of my senior season in high school was against our main crosstown rival. Their quarterback that year was Isaiah Stanback, who would go on to play at the University of Washington and in the NFL. Their starting receivers were Ed Roy, older brother of Brandon Roy (who would go on to play in the NBA), and Roydell Smiley, who would go on to play basketball at USC. Ed Roy was 6-foot-6. Smiley was 6-foot-4. And then there was me, standing 5-8, starting at one cornerback spot for my team. Continue reading
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Going into Week 3 of the NFL season, the Chiefs hadn’t looked like the same team that went 11-5 last year and nearly snatched the AFC West crown from the heavily-favored Broncos. In back-to-back losses to the Titans and the Broncos to open the 2014 campaign, Kansas City looked more like the team that went 2-14 two seasons ago and earned the No. 1 pick in the draft by virtue of having the worst record in the league.
But then the Chiefs found their rhythm in Week 3, and they did it at the expense of the Dolphins in a 34-15 road victory. Continue reading