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Joselio Hanson: Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback is NFL’s Worst Blitzing Defensive Back

According to a study conducted by the much-respected football site, Pro Football Focus, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson ranks as the worst blitzing defensive back in the National Football League. The study includes all defensive backs who have blitzed the quarterback at least 34 times since the beginning of the 2009 season, a three-year span.

Hanson has blitzed on 83 pass plays in the past three seasons, an average of 27.67 per year. He has put pressure on the opposing quarterback just twice, for a rate of just 2.40 percent of blitzes.

That’s easily the league’s worst mark, behind Danieal Manning of the Chicago Bears, who provided pressure on just three of 84 plays, which is 3.57 percent of his blitzes.

Thankfully, Hanson is not on the Eagles because of his pass rushing abilities. Not at all. He’s on the team because of his ability to cover opposing wide receivers.

Hanson is well-regarded as one of the NFL’s top backup cornerbacks. The Eagles like Hanson so much that they rewarded him with a five-year, $21 million contract before the 2009 season, despite the fact that Hanson’s main role consisted of playing the nickel back.

Hanson played well in 2009 and 2010, but he was surprisingly cut before the 2011 season when the Eagles elected to keep Brandon Hughes over Hanson. Hanson’s salary also probably impacted the Eagles’ decision.

The Eagles brought Hanson back just four days after he was released, signing the 30-year old to a two-year contract.

If Hanson makes the Eagles in 2012, which isn’t a guarantee by any means, it will be his seventh season as the nickel cornerback. That is, if he can keep the job from 2012 fourth round draft pick Brandon Boykin.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for Eagles Central and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.