Whenever the topic of best cornerback units came up, the Redskins weren't top of mind, at least not in recent seasons That perception is most definitely changing and you know why.
Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 cornerback groups in the NFL. The Redskins came in third, behind the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals.
Washington was not even considered a top 14 secondary during the 2015 season according to PFF. Yes, there's a change happening in the Nation's Capital.
Adding free agent Josh Norman certainly tipped the scales for Washington. The Pro Bowler joins rising third-year standout Bashaud Breeland and the improving Quinton Dunbar.
"Even before the acquisition of Norman, this was a cornerback corps on the rise. Breeland had a breakout campaign in 2015, allowing 50 yards or more only three times after Washington’s Week 8 bye. Dunbar, an undrafted free agent and wide-receiver conversion, showed his potential in the wildcard defeat to Green Bay by breaking up two passes and allowing only 41 yards on seven receptions."
Some astonishing statistics from PFF include Norman allowing 50 yards in a game just once during the 2015 season. What he did during the month that includes Halloween, scary.
For those who fear that Norman was some kind of one-year wonder, he also rocked in 2014, the same season then Washington corner E.J. Biggers ranked as the worst.
As for the other NFC East teams, PFF ranked the Giants 9th, Cowboys, 27th, and Eagles, 29th.
Even though the Broncos have Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby, it's possible Washington shoots past Denver this season. The Cardinals have a formidable trio with Patrick Paterson, Justin Bethel, and Tyrann Mathieu, though Mathieu is coming off a season-ending injury. Norman is coming into Washington while the Redskins hope Breeland and Dunbar are coming into their own. PFF seems to think so.
Breaking Burgundy publisher Ben Standig contributed to this article.
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