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Cromartie says Sherman’s the best corner in the NFL

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Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has played with cornerback Darrelle Revis, regarded by many as the best cornerback in the NFL.  But Cromartie gave the honor to someone else during an appearance on Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.

Cromartie picked Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

“I think what he does at the line,” Cromartie said while explaining what makes Sherman special.  “He’s lanky, he’s a long guy like myself.  He gets his hands on the receiver and he pays attention to the receiver.  He pays attention to what that receiver is doing down the field and he knows once that receiver gets 15 yards down the field he’s not coming back for the ball, the ball’s going to be down the field so he plays the leverage of what he has and he also uses the sideline to much of his advantage to try and get the receiver as much to the outside as he can.  Most quarterbacks you see that are throwing it to him, most of those passes are underthrown balls because of the pressure on the quarterback in the pocket also.”

Cromartie initially hesitated to declare unequivocally that Sherman is the best cornerback, qualifying it with “arguably.”  When pressed by Erik Kuselias, Cromartie embraced it.

“No arguably,” Cromartie said.  “He is the best.  There it is.”

And there it goes.  And we’ll have some more from Cromartie later on.

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23 Responses to “Cromartie says Sherman’s the best corner in the NFL”
  1. theesquireof212 says: Jan 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    Facts.

  2. wstover says: Jan 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    Yeah, he is the best… except when he gets beat by Jarius Wright for a TD. Twice.

  3. bleedinpurple says: Jan 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    He is.

  4. thelionsrgreat says: Jan 15, 2014 6:28 PM

    He is the best holding corner is what he meant to say. Couldn’t cover anyone if the refs threw the flags they should on this clown. Holds EVERY play he is involved in. Watch the film, you can’t deny it unless you refuse to see it.

  5. gohawks89 says: Jan 15, 2014 6:30 PM

    totally agree

  6. celriot1 says: Jan 15, 2014 6:37 PM

    Didnt Sherman give up the game winning touchdown bomb to Roddy White last season in the playoffs? That doesn’t happen to the Revis’s of the world.

    Sherman is a good player on a great defense, but hes not the best individual player. Hes probably not the best player on his own defense..

  7. raiders85 says: Jan 15, 2014 6:41 PM

    He’s right it was cute when rex talked about revis non stop and he did have one really good year but as far as top corners go revis is about 20 spots or so from the top and that is where Sherman is and it doesn’t matter how much he talks because everyone thought when rex made revis better than average it was cute only difference is Sherman is as good as he says

  8. tvjules says: Jan 15, 2014 6:46 PM

    Sherman should be defensive player of the year. Amazing talent.

  9. beastmode5150 says: Jan 15, 2014 6:51 PM

    Respect.

  10. frenzy95 says: Jan 15, 2014 6:59 PM

    Joe Haden is better.

  11. doubleogator says: Jan 15, 2014 7:08 PM

    Sherman is very good but Earl Thomas is a better safety than Sherman is a corner.

  12. gromgrimfist says: Jan 15, 2014 7:29 PM

    Right now hands down Sherman is the best outside corner in the game I know nickel corners get no love in this game but the two seasons Boykin up in Philly has had are straight impressive

  13. baldy55 says: Jan 15, 2014 7:45 PM

    He is until Revis is 100%.

  14. seahawksbmx says: Jan 15, 2014 7:52 PM

    I’ve seen Sherman make many picks on errant throws because he can play the ball like a WR, which of course he was at Stanford. Wish the ‘Hawks would throw him in on offense for a few plays a game.

  15. beastmode5150 says: Jan 15, 2014 8:04 PM

    Sherman targeted least of any CB in NFL and has most receptions. Look it up, case kinda closed at that point.

  16. kam187 says: Jan 15, 2014 8:07 PM

    Aqib Talib is hands down the BEST corner in the NFL. Thats why he is still in the playoffs shutting down teams #1 WR’s. Demariyus: Your next! It was fun watching him beating up Steve Smith on MNF. Smith would never fight Talib even up in a back alley. Smith is a tough guy with 52 other players standing close by.

  17. shayeezy says: Jan 15, 2014 8:15 PM

    he is the best – great combination of football IQ and ball skills/play-making ability – but he’s also still beatable like everyone else, as ty hilton and jarius wright showed, and he benefits from playing with the best free safety in the game.

    patrick peterson, joe haden, brandon flowers, aqib talib, revis, jimmy smith, and alterraun verner are right up there.

  18. johntonioholmes says: Jan 15, 2014 8:17 PM

    He gets away with holding on about every play, but so did Revis.

    I’d still say he was one of the best, if not the best corner in the NFL.

  19. pemory says: Jan 15, 2014 9:48 PM

    Sherman Island?

  20. bigdon76 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:01 PM

    Sherman is constantly getting beat off the line and seems he is always in the trailing position. Shutdown corners don’t grab and hold during the whole play. Sherman let go of the jersey already. It is pathetic that people actually think he is the best in the league.

  21. billbraskyisasonofabitch says: Jan 16, 2014 4:08 PM

    Sherman won’t play the other teams #1 WR like most elite CBs will. He only likes to play left side of the D, I have seen him say it in interviews before. I think he is great but not even in top 5 active.

  22. mediasloppy says: Jan 16, 2014 7:48 PM

    It’s very rare to get those 15 yard or more catches playing against him. The only way it happens is if your fast enough to get past him before he can wrap his arms around you.

    There is NO denying this, because he was on TV telling the entire viewing audience his style of play is the old school way. When a WR has to fight you for the ball, because he’s very hands on who he covers…

  23. itsfinn says: Jan 16, 2014 8:12 PM

    Sherman plays on the left side of the Defense. Anyone who has watched a Seattle game knows they do not switch players side to side or put specific players and anyone. It is hardly him avoiding anyone.

    Fewest targets and most interceptions tells the story.

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