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Super Bowl champs boast NFL’s top CB tandem

Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr.

Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr.

Apparently the offseason is ranking season in the NFL.

With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror, and training camps still a few weeks away, it seems every football media outlet is coming out with a variety of rankings and lists to pass the downtime.

NFL.com recently gave retired cornerback Ike Taylor, a 12-year vet who won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the task of putting together a list of the league’s top five cornerback tandems.

Even a casual football fan would not be surprised to find the Denver Broncos on top of Taylor’s list. 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:

Patrick Watkins, CB, Edmonton (CFL): The former Florida State standout and five-year NFL veteran made six tackles and snatched one interception in Sunday’s 103rd edition of the Grey Cup, in which the Eskimos defeated the Ottawa Redblacks 26-20 for the championship of Canada. Watkins, one of the tallest DBs in football at 6-foot-5, helped keep the reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player, 40-year-old Ottawa QB Henry Burris, from engineering a touchdown drive over the game’s final three quarters. Watkins almost had a second INT in the second quarter, when he fought with an Ottawa receiver at the goal line for a ball that was ultimately ruled incomplete.

Will Hill, SS, Ravens (NFL): As a Cleveland Browns fan, I didn’t want to give Hill this spot. And knowing my team like I do, I could’ve justified my snub by arguing that Hill didn’t actually do anything in Monday night’s 33-27 Baltimore victory, he was just a recipient of good luck … or more like a beneficiary of the Browns’ cursed horrible luck. But that would just be me being bitter. With three seconds left and the score tied, Cleveland was going for a 51-yard field goal. For most teams, this is a win-or-overtime scenario. For the Browns, they had the kick blocked by Baltimore’s Brent Urban, then the ball found its way in the hands of Hill, who ran it back 64 yards for the improbable winning touchdown. We’ve seen at least three such insane game-winning special teams plays in college football this season, but this was easily the wildest NFL finish of the year. Continue reading

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