Colts-Broncos Week 5 Scouting Report: Grades and Key Matchups

Colts-Broncos Week 5 Scouting Report: Grades and Key Matchups
The Scouting Report for Thursday night’s Colts-Broncos game is produced by The 33rd Team’s Scouting Department, which is led by former Eagles, Cardinals, and Ravens personnel executive T.J. McCreight and assisted by scouts Justin Casey, Kevin Cohn, and Evan Pritt. >> Tale of the Tape for Colts-Broncos TNF Matchup     Colts OL vs. Broncos […]

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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.

The 4 Most Risky Free Agency Buys

The 4 Most Risky Free Agency Buys
Tom Rudawky is a former NFL scout who has worked for the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants. He now writes for The 33rd Team among other publications. Find him on Twitter @TRudy831 With NFL free agency officially opening on March 16th, teams across the league will look for the best way to upgrade their […]

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Carolina Panthers Free Agency Outlook

Carolina Panthers Free Agency Outlook
The Carolina Panthers had another promising start to their season as they started the 2021 campaign with a 3-0 record, but it was not long until everything would start to go wrong for the Panthers. Star running back Christian McCaffrey was injured for the second consecutive year and the Panthers proceeded to only win two […]

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Tannenbaum on Jaylon Smith Cut, Stephon Gilmore Trade

Tannenbaum on Jaylon Smith Cut, Stephon Gilmore Trade
We’ve now seen two surprising moves in back-to-back days. Yesterday, the Cowboys cut Jaylon Smith, and today the Patriots traded 2019 Defensive Player of the Year, Stephon Gilmore, to the Panthers for a 2023 sixth-round pick. According to former Jets GM and Dolphins EVP Mike Tannenbaum, the process of releasing a player in-season starts by […]

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