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    Jets CBs don't feel the burn

    Jets CBs don't feel the burn
    January, 8, 2010 Jan 88:22PM ETComment Email Print Share By Tim Graham

    Darrelle Revis isn't the only reason the New York Jets finished the regular season with the NFL's top-rated pass defense.

    Revis, the lockdown left cornerback, gets most of the attention because he's one of the league's elite defenders, regardless of position.

    But statistical analysis shows Revis isn't the only Jet giving receivers fits.

    Lowest Burn Percentage

    Cornerbacks this season, Min. 50 targets

    Player/Team Percentage

    Darrelle Revis, Jets 37.0
    Jabari Greer, Saints 37.9
    Dwight Lowery, Jets 40.7
    Drayton Florence, Bills 45.3
    Leon Hall, Bengals 45.3
    Lito Sheppard, Jets 45.6


    Stats Inc. records what it calls "burns," the number of times a defender allows a reception to the man he's covering. Stats Inc. then divides that by the number of times the defender is targeted to compute a "burn percentage."

    Of cornerbacks who were targeted at least 50 times, three Jets cornerbacks ranked among the top six.

    Revis was best with 40 receptions allowed on 108 targets for a 37.0 burn percentage.

    Part-time starter Dwight Lowery, third on the list, allowed 25 catches on 54 targets for a 40.7 percentage. Usual right cornerback Lito Sheppard was sixth. Sheppard surrendered 26 catches on 57 targets for a 45.6 percentage.

    The Buffalo Bills had two among the top 11, another reason why they finished second in pass defense. Drayton Florence was fourth at 43.2 percent, and Reggie Corner was 11th at 47.3 percent. Former Bills cornerback Jabari Greer ranked second at 37.9 percent.

    Sean Smith was the Miami Dolphins' best in terms of burn percentage. He ranked 16th, allowing 35 receptions on 73 targets for a 47.9 percentage.

    His rookie partner, Vontae Davis, was 61st -- worst among all AFC East cornerbacks who faced at least 50 passes. He gave up 46 catches on 76 tries. That's a 60.5 percent success rate for the offense.

    The New England Patriots top cornerback was Leigh Bodden at 19th. He yielded 43 catches on 87 attempts, or 49.4 percent. Darius Burler was 43rd, with 37 receptions on 65 attempts for 56.9 percent. Jonathan Wilhite was 49th with 42 receptions on 72 attempts for 58.3 percent.

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    Looks like our boys our doing better than we thought

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    Not that I was ever a big fan of individdual defensive statistics but for the love of god people (who don't like Sheppard) wake up. I realize he gets a little more safety help because Revis is so good but, when healthy, Sheppard has been excellent as a #2 this season. EVERY CB in the NFL gets burnt from time to time and no CBs are asked to play man as much as the Jets CBs. JMO but he is the most underrated player on defense next to Thomas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HessStation View Post
    Not that I was ever a big fan of individdual defensive statistics but for the love of god people (who don't like Sheppard) wake up. I realize he gets a little more safety help because Revis is so good but, when healthy, Sheppard has been excellent as a #2 this season. EVERY CB in the NFL gets burnt from time to time and no CBs are asked to play man as much as the Jets CBs. JMO but he is the most underrated player on defense next to Thomas.
    +1. Sheppard has done an excellent job this season. His biggest issue was staying healthy but he played most of the second half of the year and was very good. Hopefully we can bring him back next year under a cheaper deal.

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    This should be pretty damning to the people who don't like Lowery and Sheppard.

    Our Secondary is awesome, and it's not just Revis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullblast View Post
    +1. Sheppard has done an excellent job this season. His biggest issue was staying healthy but he played most of the second half of the year and was very good. Hopefully we can bring him back next year under a cheaper deal.
    Right on full. I mean look, he's not a shutdown corner but neither is anyone else in the league maybe besides 2-3 players. He had a rough first game back against the Jags, was probably a bit rusty and could have still been nursing his quad Sorry edit Cotch had the hammy.
    Collie roughed him up a little but he still kept him under 100 yards and out of the end zone. I personally think people freaked out during his pre-season play and never fully trusted him once the season started.
    Last edited by HessStation; 01-09-2010 at 09:51 AM.

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    I suspect that one thing that this stat isn't really taking into effect is that our defense if bringing a lot of pressure. It's possible that the extra pressure and rushed QBs make our DBs look good.

    Of course, the flip side of the pressure is that the DBs are often out there by themselves, so maybe the stats aren't that unfair...

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