The NFL has become a pass-happy league, making it just as important for teams to be able to have well-rounded players at every position. With quarterbacks getting stronger and wide receivers growing each day, the cornerback role has become one, if not the most important part of any defense. The small, quick-twitch corners are no longer the norm as larger players once considered safety prospects now are expected to play — and win — in single man coverage.
In recent years, the nickel cornerback role has grown into a huge part of defenses moving forward. With more teams running triple receiver formations, it’s just as important for teams to have man coverage each play with skilled players who can also play the run. Even though putting pressure on a quarterback is important, stopping quarterbacks from being able to throw the ball downfield might be the difference of a quick 3-and-out and teams burning down the clock.
The Houston Texans might have lost one of the top cornerbacks in free agency this past season, but do they fall short of still being the top ranked unit in the AFC South? With the arrival of Adoree Jackson and Logan Ryan, are the Titans the most complete unit in the division? Let’s swat these rumors out of the way and decide how each team’s cornerbacks rank heading into the 2017 regular season.
Let’s swat these rumors out of the way and decide how each team’s cornerbacks rank heading into the 2017 regular season.
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