Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Aqib Talib has gained recognition for his play in New England around the league, but the writers and statisticians at “Pro Football Focus” have Talib rated as someone “who is not a shutdown corner.” When combining his time at Tampa Bay and the Patriots he allowed a touchdown or first down 8.75% of the time which is second worst in the NFL for this past season. These numbers are not in a vacuum however because he is the guy who covers every team’s best receiver so naturally if the competition is higher the result will be more targets for his counterpart, leading to more first downs and touchdowns; it’s common sense. In saying that I agree to an extent that Talib is not a shutdown corner, but is still the most talented one we have. What Talib lacks in natural ability he has made up for in his aggression and attitude. When he came in the Patriots felt comfortable sending blitzes more often and created blitz packages for Mayo. You saw a more confident group in the secondary and so...
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