Peterson and Sherman are two of the league’s top cornerbacks.
Per Arizona Sports, Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson stated that Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman is not a true shutdown corner.
He’s only covering space, he’s not really covering a guy… I’m not taking [his stats and playmaking ability] from him because he is a good corner. But as far as being a shutdown corner, man-to-man guy, in my eyes, I don’t believe that.
Peterson is an electric returner and has taken snaps at receiver in addition to his cornerback duties. Peterson travels with top-tier receivers and is a very fluid athlete.
Sherman, who typically drops into a deep-third Cover 3 zone, doesn’t follow opposing receivers. In fact, according to ESPN, Sherman was located on the right side of the field 98% of the time.
On the opposing side of the debate table sits Sherman, who recently inked a four-year, $56 Million extension. He tweeted out an NFL Network infographic backing up his play on the gridiron.
Lockdown everywhere but the field pic.twitter.com/5vUyyhNIvn
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 23, 2014
Sherman and co. thwarted the Denver Broncos’ high octane offense during their 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII victory. While Sherman’s doesn’t fit the standard lockdown corner mold, he undoubtedly ranks one of the top players at his position.