(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer DeMarcus Van **** has come a long way from his rough introduction to life in the NFL.
Picked apart in the preseason and throughout training camp, the rookie Oakland Raiders cornerback is coming into his own after getting thrust into a starting role.
Despite being targeted regularly by teams that have tried to avoid throwing at the more-accomplished Stanford Routt, Van **** is holding his own.
He has allowed just 10 completions on 26 passes thrown his way so far this season, according to STATS LLC. That's the eighth best rate of any cornerback who has had at least 20 passes thrown his way.