New England Patriots: Kyle Arrington Must Step Up Tomorrow

Kyle Arrington

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He’s often the center of criticism (and most of the time rightfully so), but New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington could silence his critics with a good performance tomorrow. He will most likely have ample opportunity to do so.

Arrington’s play has been up-and-down this season. The ups include forcing two fumbles against the Buffalo Bills and intercepting a pass against the New Orleans Saints. The downs are pretty much every other game. There’s no two ways around it; Arrington is picked on the most of any Patriots cornerback that gets regular playing time.

The last two weeks have been tough on the often-torched cornerback. With Aqib Talib missing those games, Arrington has been forced to play on the outside. That is his major weakness. Arrington was moved to nickel cornerback last season because of his inconsistency on the outside. He’s fine on the inside, but is a nightmare on the outside.

Now we have the Patriots’ dilemma: Arrington will most likely find himself playing against Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown several times during the game. Brown has been on a tear so far this season, tallying 56 receptions for 630 yards and two touchdowns in just seven games. His 56 receptions are more than any Steelers wide receiver has ever tallied through the first seven games of the regular season.

Brown can line up anywhere, so offensive coordinator Todd Haley will probably match him up against Arrington quite a bit. That is a matchup that Arrington is bound to lose several times. Either way, it should certainly be his biggest test so far this season.

Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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