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NFC defensive backs to watch in the NFL playoffs

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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

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Ronnie Harrison

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Ronnie Harrison, FS, Alabama (NCAA): I might as well reserve a spot on this list every week for one of Alabama’s defensive backs. The top-ranked Crimson Tide have made scoring defensive touchdowns a habit — they have 11 this season to lead the nation — and it seems all of their DBs have been getting in on the act.

Sophomore safety Harrison, senior safety Eddie Jackson, sophomore cornerback Marlon Humphrey and sophomore “Star” Minkah Fitzpatrick have all found the end zone this season. The only ‘Bama starter who hasn’t yet scored a touchdown from the secondary is junior CB Anthony Averett.

In the first quarter of Saturday’s 49-10 rout of 9th-ranked Tennessee, Harrison was lined up alongside the linebackers when he jumped the route on a screen pass, intercepted QB Joshua Dobbs and coasted 58 yards for a touchdown. Harrison finished the game with seven tackles and two pass breakups. Continue reading

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NFL’s Top 100: Dolphins FS Reshad Jones (#64)

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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

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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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Jones is keeping up with the NFL’s best safeties

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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

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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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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Jalen Watts-Jackson, S, Michigan State (NCAA): Surely you’ve seen the play by now, but you may not know anything about the player who finished it. Michigan was ahead 23-21 with 10 seconds left against cross-state rival MSU and was being forced to punt. The Wolverines’ punter couldn’t handle the snap and lost the ball, which landed in the hands of Watts-Jackson, who ran it back 38 yards for a touchdown as time expired. Unfortunately, Watts-Jackson dislocated his hip during the play and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher while the celebration went on around him. That injury will sideline him for the rest of the season. Watts-Jackson is a redshirt freshman safety who doesn’t start for the Spartans, and in Saturday’s 27-23 victory he didn’t record a tackle or any other stats before that fumble recovery and score. With one play, he became a legend in East Lansing and a likely ESPY nominee, plus he kept MSU’s undefeated record intact and kept them in the national championship playoff picture. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s weekend that was:

Morgan Burns, CB, Kansas State (NCAA) — After his defense allowed Oklahoma State to easily march down the field and score on the opening possession of Saturday’s game, Burns took matters into his own hands on special teams. His 86-yard kickoff return began a barrage of 45 unanswered points by the Wildcats in what would be a 48-14 victory. Burns, a junior cornerback, also had six tackles.

Arizona Cardinals (NFL) — So what if they did it against Brandon Weeden and not Tony Romo? The Cards’ secondary was the difference in Sunday’s 28-17 win over the Cowboys. Safety Tyrann Mathieu had a third-quarter interception in the red zone that prevented Dallas from getting a go-ahead score; cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s fourth-quarter INT set up the Arizona TD that essentially sealed the victory; and cornerback Patrick Peterson was the man primarily responsible for holding Cowboys star wideout Dez Bryan to just two catches for 15 yards. 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:

Leodis McKelvin, CB, Bills (NFL) — He is currently tied for the NFL lead in interceptions this season (four, already a career-high for the seventh-year pro) after getting two picks in Buffalo’s 17-16 win over the Vikings on Sunday. McKelvin added four tackles and two pass breakups.

Brandon Reddish, CB, Syracuse (NCAA) — The Orange snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday’s 30-7 triumph over Wake Forest, and its playmaking defense led the way. Reddish’s sack-and-strip of QB Tyler Cameron resulted in a 51-yard fumble return TD for ‘Cuse defensive end Micah Robinson, the team’s second defensive touchdown of the day. Reddish, a senior, finished with seven tackles to go with the sack and forced fumble. Continue reading

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