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Where Does Revis and Browner Rank In NFL CB Duos?

A lot was made this off-season when Aqib Talib left the New England Patriots to sign with the Denver Broncos. Despite Talib being selected to the Pro Bowl last season, the Patriots secondary struggled as the team gave up an average of 239 passing yards per game, which ranked 18th in the NFL.

In a move to improve the secondary, the Patriots went out and signed arguably the best cornerback in the NFL, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, who’s considered one of the most physical cornerbacks in the league. So where does Revis and Browner rank among the best cornerback duos in the NFL?

The two former Pro Bowl cornerbacks joined the Patriots this offseason to create what is already being regarded as one of the best duos in the league. Revis will be entering his eighth season in the NFL, while Browner, 29, enters his fourth. Both Revis and Browner are proficient in man-to-man coverage, but each player bring something different to the table.

After tearing his ACL in 2012, Revis re-established himself as one of the cornerbacks in the league last season. Despite playing in a more passive zone scheme for first time in his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Revis was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl and won the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year. He started all 16 games in 2013 and finished with 50 tackles, two interceptions, 11 passes defended and two forced fumbles.

Revis is best at bumping receivers at the line of scrimmage while using his quickness to stay with players during their routes. With his zone-covering experience, this makes Revis a complete corner.

At 6-foot-4 and 221 pounds with 32 7/8-inch arms, Browner has the length and size to create matchup problems for wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.

Much like Revis, Browner is a physical corner that likes to bump receivers at the line of scrimmage and knock them off their route. Browner’s aggressiveness can sometimes get him into trouble as he had two illegal contact, five holding, and five pass-interference penalties last season. Browner is a gambler, but he can cover both receivers and tight ends, which is a great attribute to have.

Even though they will not be on the field together for the first four games of the 2014 season (Browner violated the league’s substance-abuse policy), Revis and Browner should be one of the top three best cornerback duos in the NFL. With Revis’ quickness and instincts and Browner’s size and versatility, there’s no reason the Patriots shouldn’t have a top 10 pass defense in 2014.

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