Jalen Ramsey, Trevon Diggs Among Underperforming Cornerbacks

Jalen Ramsey, Trevon Diggs Among Underperforming Cornerbacks
Playing cornerback isn’t easy. The rules favor wide receivers in an NFL that is increasingly focused on high-powered offenses. Still, it’s essential to look at which cornerbacks are underperforming since their role in stopping those same high-powered offenses is so crucial.  The 2022 NFL Draft featured two cornerbacks in the first four picks — Derek […]

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2022 Los Angeles Rams Team Preview

2022 Los Angeles Rams Team Preview
Sean McVay’s Rams were perennial contenders with Jared Goff under center. In their first year with Matthew Stafford, they became world champions. Will Los Angeles contend for another title? Or will the Rams take a step back in a tough NFC West? Let’s take a closer look at the defending champion Rams: Opening Win Total: […]

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Stephon Gilmore is the Closest Current DB to Darrelle Revis

Editor’s Note: The 33rd Team’s Greg Jennings discusses the toughest defensive back he ever played and what modern active players remind him the most of his toughest opponent. 

 

The toughest defensive back I have ever faced was Darrelle Revis because of his level of awareness, savviness, understanding and insight, along with his physicality. More than anything, it was his patience at the line of scrimmage. As a receiver, we all assess the corners across the line of scrimmage from us, and the first assessment is: Can I get him off with my first move?

If there is no concern that he can get his hands on me, I’m good. I don’t care who it is. But when you have a defensive back that is patient and physical like Revis, it becomes a tough chess match.

As far as modern comparisons to Revis, I would say Stephon Gilmore. He shows an extreme amount of patience at the line of scrimmage, awareness of route concepts, and he just knows what opposing receivers are trying to do. It’s hard to get open on guys like Gilmore with his patience and length.

There are a lot of great corners now. Obviously, Jalen Ramsey is the best in the game. Ramsey plays with such a high level of confidence and a disregard for if you beat him. If you beat him, he’s going to just line back up and run the next play.

I also love watching Xavien Howard. Howard shows physicality and length with ball skills and patience at the line of scrimmage. When you combine all of those traits together, you have a very dynamic cornerback.

I also appreciate guys like J.C. Jackson and Denzel Ward as well. There are a lot of talented corners right now in the NFL.

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Samari Rolle’s Top Ten Cornerbacks Heading Into 2022

When an All-Pro cornerback like Samari Rolle speaks, you listen.

The NFL is a full-fledged passing league, no doubt about it. When you are in a league that needs to stop that type of offense, having good corners is key. If you are lucky enough to have one of the top cornerbacks, then you have a leg up on other teams.

Listen in as Rolle breaks down who he sees as the top corners in the NFL today.

John Pagano’s Six Keys to Playing Nickel Cornerback in the NFL

John Pagano’s Six Keys to Playing Nickel Cornerback in the NFL
In our first Understanding An Undervalued Position article, we used former first round pick Kyle Wilson’s experience and the NFL’s evolving personnel tendencies and current contract data to explore the increasing value of nickel cornerbacks in today’s NFL. This article goes deeper; using Coach John Pagano’s keys to playing nickel cornerback: processing, physicality, and coverage, […]

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