KC Joyner praises Bennett

Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by 281, May 2, 2008.

  1. 281

    281 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,534
    Likes Received:
    47
    this is a snippet from an article off ESPN insider:

    As was the case with the receivers, this metric review measures medium (11-19 yards), deep (20-29 yards) and bomb (30-plus yards) pass attempts on a yards-per-attempt basis. Because cornerbacks tend to see fewer passes than wide receivers, I lowered the qualifying-attempt mark to 24. The yardage totals once again include "pass in the air" penalty attempts and yards (i.e., pass interference, defensive holding, illegal contact, etc.).

    Now that we have the rules out of the way, here are the top 10 vertical cornerbacks from 2007:

    Player Team Vert Att Vert Yds Vert YPA
    Fred Bennett Houston 24 67 2.8
    Quentin Jammer San Diego 35 159 4.5
    Deshea Townsend Pittsburgh 35 178 5.1
    Charles Tillman Chicago 34 199 5.9
    Fred Smoot Washington 32 197 6.2
    Terrence McGee Buffalo 44 271 6.2
    Eric Wright Cleveland 46 300 6.5
    Antonio Cromartie San Diego 29 202 7.0
    Sheldon Brown Philadelphia 40 279 7.0
    Will Allen Miami 30 211 7.0

    Fred Bennett might be the best young cornerback in the NFL. He not only posted a phenomenally low vertical YPA but also gave up only six completions in those 24 attempts, none of which were at the deep or bomb level. Bennett's overall YPA of 4.7 was third-best among cornerbacks last season, which is another reason I think he might be only one full season as a starter away from being a serious Pro Bowl candidate.

    ---

    interesting.
     
    ObsiWan likes this.
  2. Lucky

    Lucky Moderator

    Joined:
    May 1, 2004
    Messages:
    14,256
    Likes Received:
    1,455
    Pro Bowlers generally come from teams that win. Having said that, I think Bennett is a good young CB. Like the rest of the Texans secondary, he was mainly beaten on the underneath routes.

    I think the Texans have tried to address this problem on multiple levels this offseason (speed at LB, depth at CB). There's a lot of young talent on this defense, and I think we'll see them improve over the course of the year. Especially if Robinson returns healthy.
     
  3. Tailgate

    Tailgate Fall of Hame

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    Messages:
    3,178
    Likes Received:
    205
    Location:
    Houston, TX - Born and raised
    I let myself become skeptical of Fred I think simply due to where he was drafted. Considering that they love Diles who was drafted in the 7th, the way they drafted in 06... its obviously no longer an issue for me. Especially after the way he came around on the field so quickly and via threads such as these!

    In theory, if Molden comes around as anticipated...and Dunta can regain his form, our secondary has a bright future.

    Loving the way this team is shaping up!
     
  4. HOU-TEX

    HOU-TEX Ah, Football!

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2006
    Messages:
    16,105
    Likes Received:
    1,083
    Location:
    P-land
    Couple these stats with the fact that he ain't skeered to lay the wood to somebody and you have a larger version of Dunta.

    BTW, how did Faggins measure up?:worm:
     
  5. 281

    281 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,534
    Likes Received:
    47
    not sure... here's the bottom ten from the article:

    Player Team Vertical Att Vertical Yds Vertical YPA
    Ellis Hobbs New England 51 630 12.4
    Cedric Griffin Minnesota 43 532 12.4
    Ike Taylor Pittsburgh 56 710 12.7
    Eric Green Arizona 24 305 12.7
    Travis Daniels Miami 26 369 14.2
    Corey Ivy Baltimore 38 552 14.5
    Ron Bartell St. Louis 24 349 14.5
    Patrick Surtain Kansas City 30 439 14.6
    Drayton Florence San Diego 25 394 15.8
    Jason David New Orleans 37 707 19.1
     
  6. Lucky

    Lucky Moderator

    Joined:
    May 1, 2004
    Messages:
    14,256
    Likes Received:
    1,455
    How many $millions did the Jags pay this guy? :yes:
     
  7. TexansFanatic

    TexansFanatic Extremist

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    2,192
    Likes Received:
    188
    If the Texans have the same luck with Molden as they did with Bennett the Texans secondary will be stacked. And by luck I mean getting a Pro Bowl caliber young corner with a middle round pick.
     
  8. Silver Oak

    Silver Oak Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Messages:
    3,620
    Likes Received:
    304
    Location:
    The Woodlands

    too many, but the guy does know how to cheap shot a QB.
     
  9. Lucky

    Lucky Moderator

    Joined:
    May 1, 2004
    Messages:
    14,256
    Likes Received:
    1,455
    There are similarities between Molden & Bennett. Both are over 6' and just under 200 lbs. Their combine results were close, with Molden showing more straight line speed. But, Bennett was a 3 year starter in the SEC. So it may take longer for Molden to make a similar impact, if he does.
     
  10. TexansFanatic

    TexansFanatic Extremist

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    2,192
    Likes Received:
    188
    Hard to imagine how a 3 year starter in the SEC with that combination of size and speed lasts 'til the 4th round. Glad he did though.
     
  11. False Start

    False Start On # 69

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2005
    Messages:
    13,574
    Likes Received:
    1,058
    Location:
    Waiting For the Turning Point!
    When I heard he signed with the fags , it gave me just one more reason to hate them .
     
  12. alphajoker

    alphajoker Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2005
    Messages:
    1,563
    Likes Received:
    94
    I'm not surprised to see Jason David at the bottom...he got lit up quite often last year. More specifically on one by Andre Johson! :redtowel:
     
  13. 281

    281 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,534
    Likes Received:
    47
    the second i realized it was play action, i knew it was gonna be a TD for dre. i just knew it.
     
  14. ObsiWan

    ObsiWan Site Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    17,799
    Likes Received:
    1,051
    Location:
    League City, Tx
    Wonder where are trade acquisition, Reeves, falls..??

    and where's da link?

    ...never mind.

    link
     
  15. ObsiWan

    ObsiWan Site Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    17,799
    Likes Received:
    1,051
    Location:
    League City, Tx
    found that too in a Joyner article on F/A acquistions...
    link2...

    Antonio Cromartie, San Diego -- 29 -- 202 -- 7.0
    Sheldon Brown, Philadelphia---- 40 -- 279 -- 7.0
    Will Allen, Miami --------------- 30 -- 211 -- 7.0

    sounds like Reeves'll do as a #2 until Dunta comes back
     
  16. Giant Tiger

    Giant Tiger Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2007
    Messages:
    1,586
    Likes Received:
    144
    Location:
    Smiths Falls, Heart of the Rideau Canal-UNESCO Wor
    My thoughts exactly. I'm really looking forward to this season. :splits:
     
  17. SAMURAITEXAN

    SAMURAITEXAN Subscribed Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Messages:
    3,513
    Likes Received:
    114
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    Should Molden turn out to be a bigger version of Dunta, what a steal that would be in 3rd rd. I just love the way this year's draft shaped up for us.

    Excellent work FO!!

    GO TEXANS!!
     
  18. Leahmic223

    Leahmic223 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    Messages:
    1,076
    Likes Received:
    52
    Freddy as I like to call him is definitely a starter, and would start if Dunta was healthy. Had a great rookie season last year, our defense is really shaping up. Hopefully Adibi and Frank Okam can fill some holes. (I think Adibi is going to be awesome...but its better to wait and see, can't wait.)
     
  19. BigTimeTexanFan

    BigTimeTexanFan All Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2004
    Messages:
    587
    Likes Received:
    41
    Location:
    Houston
    Maybe our secondary will go from being a glaring weakness to the strength of the team like it did last year with our receiving corps! One can only wish.
     

Share This Page