Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterbacks have gone after the
seventh-year corner a 90 times this season, more than any other defender in the
NFL. Taylor has allowed a league-high 54 catches (60 percent) for 679 yards and
two touchdowns. He's broken-up 11 attempts.
Bryant McFadden, Arizona Cardinals: 87 passes have been thrown
McFadden's way, and he's allowed 45 completions (51.7 percent) for 648 yards and
a score. He's knocked away 13 throws.
Derek Cox, Jacksonville Jaguars: The rookie out of William & Mary
has been forced to defend 80 passes and has allowed 47 of them to be caught
(58.8 percent) for 644 yards and five touchdowns. Cox has broken-up seven
Worst Burned Rate: The Carolina Panthers' Chris Gamble has allowed
74.0 percent of the passes attempted against him to be completed. That's the
worst mark among all corners who have defended at least 33 passes this year (an
average of three per game). The Titans' Nick Harper is second (72.5 percent)
followed by the Seahawks' Josh Wilson (69 percent), the Colts' Tim Jennings
(67.3 percent) and Dolphins rookie Vontae Davis and Texans veteran Dunta Robinson at 64.7 percent each.
Michael Lewis, San Francisco 49ers: He's been burned on 60.4 percent
of the throws fired his way with 32 of 53 attempts completed for 382 yards. But
the good news is that he hasn't given up a touchdown yet this season.
Eagles safety Quintin Mikell
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Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia Eagles: The seventh-year pro has held up
fairly well while defending 48 pass attempts so far this year. With just 23
catches allowed (47.9 percent) for 230 yards and 11 passes defensed, his numbers
look strong--with the exception of the four touchdowns he's allowed.
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers and Reggie Nelson, Jacksonville
Jaguars: Both safeties have been forced to defend 45 throws. Goldson has
allowed 30 catches (66.7 percent) for 496 yards and three scores. Nelson has
allowed a slightly better catch rate of 71.1 percent (32 receptions), but kept
the damage down to just 391 yards and one touchdown.
Worst Burned Rate: Out of the league's safeties who have been targeted
at least 33 times, the Houston Texans' Bernard Pollard has been burned the most
(72.2 percent). The Jaguars' Reggie Nelson is next (71.1 percent), followed by
the Titans' Chris Hope (67.6 percent), the 49ers' Dashon Goldson (66.7 percent)
and the Titans' Michael Griffin (66.7 percent).
Thomas Howard, Oakland Raiders: Howard's been called on to defend more
passes (49) than most safeties in the league. He's allowed 29 catches (59.2
percent) for 399 yards, but none of them resulted in a touchdown.
Keith Bulluck, Tennessee Titans: The high-energy linebacker has been
challenged 46 times this year and has allowed 30 catches (65.2 percent) for 296
yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Lance Briggs, Chicago Bears: Briggs has defended against 44 attempts
and has allowed 29 of those balls to be caught (65.9 percent). But he's only
given up 221 yards and has yet to give up a touchdown.
Worst Burned Rate: Out of the linebackers who have been targeted at
least 33 times, the Lions' Larry Foote has struggled the most with an 80.6
percent burned rate. The Jaguars' Daryl Smith is second at 75.7 percent,
followed by the Bengals' Dhani Jones (74.7 percent), the Falcons' Curtis Lofton
(73.5 percent) and the Bills' Keith Ellison (71.4 percent).
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