E.J. Biggers Puts Up Big Time StatsMarch 19th, 2011
Many Bucs fans mocked Joe for his insistence that pining for Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik to sign Nnamdi Asomugha is crazy talk. Not only do the Bucs have much, much, much bigger needs than throwing megacash on a cornerback, the Bucs secondary is the one area of the team where an upgrade is not needed.
It seems the numbers crunchers at FootballOutsiders.com agree with Joe. Aaron Schatz decided to put his Excel spreadsheet to work and found out that Bucs reserve cornerback E.J. Biggers was one of the top 10 cornerbacks in the NFL last year.
Per Schatz, Biggers was targeted 65 times by opposing quarterbacks and 63 percent of the time the passes were incomplete (for perspective, Darrelle Revis, the top-rated cornerback, had a success rate of 70 percent). Of the passes that were completed against Biggers, receivers only had an average of 2.9 yards after catch, or the all important, YAC, which is pretty impressive.
Yes, the Bucs secondary is in good hands and there is no need to run and get a high-priced free agent there when money could be spent elsewhere to bolster the Bucs roster.
Joe hopes this silliness of acquiring Asomugha would just fade away.