Let's move to the defensive backfield, particulary to cornerback, today as we continue to name the 2012 Big Blue View Preseason All-NFC East Team. This one should be interesting.
Nnamdi Asomugha, Eagles -- Widely considered the second-best cornerback in football behind Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets, Asomugha did not play up to his standards during 2011, his first season in Philadelphia. Asomugha is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro. Last season, though, he scored -7.2 in the grading from Pro Football Focus -- worst of the four cornerbacks on his own team. Asomugha was targeted 47 times and quarterbacks had an 88.6 rating against him. Asomugha did have three interceptions, his highest total since grabbing eight in 2006.
Corey Webster, Giants -- Webster does not get press like a shutdown corner, and maybe he isn't one. He is, however, a very good player. He had a career-best six interceptions last season and 16 passes defensed. His PFF score was +4.9.
Terrell Thomas, Giants -- Coming back from his second major ACL injury. If he is as good when he returns as he was when he left the Giants corners could be among the best in the NFL.
Brandon Carr, Cowboys -- Carr signed a five-year, $50-million contract with the Cowboys as a free agent. Is he worth the money? Last season Carr had four interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Quarterbacks had only a 61.7 rating throwing in his direction.
DeAngelo Hall, Redskins -- Big reputation, maybe not such a big performance. He had three interceptions and 17 passes defensed. His PFF score was -3.9.
Prince Amukamara, Giants -- Doesn't have the numbers or the pedigree of the rest of these guys. He was, however, a first-round pick a season ago and needs to play well.