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March 23, 2011 @ 2:17 pm
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Biggers, Barber Rank Highly For 2010

Written by Charlie
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Charlie Campbell

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Bucs cornerbacks E.J. Biggers and Ronde Barber were two of the highest rated cornerbacks in the NFL according to Football Outsiders. Biggers faired well in success rate and Barber was tied for seventh in yards per pass.
Bucs cornerbacks E.J. Biggers and Ronde Barber were two of the highest rated cornerbacks in the NFL according to Football Outsiders. Biggers faired well in success rate and Barber was tied for seventh in yards per pass.

According to the calculations done at FootballOutsiders.com, Bucs cornerbacks E.J. Biggers and Ronde Barber were two of the top cornerbacks in the NFL in 2010. While they both were ranked highly by Football Outsiders, Barber and Biggers were polar opposites as far as NFL experience. Barber was playing in his 14th NFL season. The second-year pro Biggers was in his first season of playing time after spending his rookie year on injured reserve. 



Biggers was tied for sixth in the NFL for cornerback success rate. Football Outsiders evaluates that as a cornerback preventing their opponent from getting the yards needed on first, second, and third down. Biggers had a success rate of 63 percent. The cornerbacks ahead of Biggers were the Jets’ Darrelle Revis (70 percent), Vikings’ Antoine Winfield (67 percent), Raiders’ Stanford Routt (66 percent), Packers’ Tramon Williams (66 percent), and Rams’ Ron Bartell (65 percent). Biggers tied with the Dolphins’ Sean Smith for sixth.

Barber was tied for seventh in yards per pass among NFL cornerbacks. At 5.5 yards per pass Barber was tied with Tennessee’s Jason McCourty, and Green Bay’s Williams. The players ranked ahead of Barber were Winfield (4.2), the Eagles Joselio Hanson (4.4), Colts’ Justin Tryon (5.0), Falcons Ben Grimes (5.0), Bartell (5.2), and Chiefs’ Javier Arenas (5.4). 

A few of those cornerbacks, Arenas is one of them, were nickel corners that were typically covering slot receivers that run shorter pass patterns. Barber was every down player that covered outside receivers and also covered slot receivers in the nickel package.

The Buccaneers did not have a cornerback rank in the top 10 in yards allowed after catch. Tampa Bay starting cornerback Aqib Talib did not rank in the top 10 in any category.
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    Again, I'm giddy with the state of this football team. Absolutely giddy. The feeling is equal only to my frustration level at how so few outsiders realize how good this team is. Particularly with the national sports media, the guys that set the gambling spreads (although I don't bet on games) and the guys that do the player rankings in the Madden games. It feels like their biased but I don't know what it's based on. It's like, "What do they have against Tampa?"
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    Thats why I dont understand why people keep saying that we need a corner. We all know Ronde and Talib are high quality, Biggers really came on when we needed him , and I have no doubt that Lewis will be another great one. With the building talent, I dont believe that there is a team out there with a better "Group" of DBs.
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