With so many injuries to key offensive players, it has been the New England Patriots‘ defense that has stepped up lately. While a lot of players are performing well, it is the cornerbacks that deserve the most praise. The combination of Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib, Logan Ryan and even Kyle Arrington have been absolutely deadly.
Dennard made his mark against the Indianapolis Colts, intercepting Andrew Luck on his first and last pass of the game. It was a remarkable performance by Dennard considering that he was essentially benched for the past few games.
Then there was Talib. He mostly shut down T.Y. Hilton for the night, despite allowing one big play. Opposing quarterbacks are hardly even throwing Talib’s way these days, which tells you that he is feared around the league.
Next up is Logan Ryan. He took over for Arrington late in the second quarter, and did not seem to give up any big receptions. It does not matter whether Ryan plays as an outside cornerback or slot cornerback, so long as he is on the field at all times. The rookie’s ball skills are simply amazing.
We cannot forget about Arrington either. He did allow the most opposing receptions of any cornerback in this game, but none of those receptions resulted in that big of a play. At this point, Patriots fans have to accept Arrington for what he is. As long as Arrington stays in the slot, he will be alright.
Most of the time, only three of these four cornerbacks will be on the field. However, any combination of the three have been successful for most of the season. They will have to continue to be successful, especially considering that the Denver Broncos are up next.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.