Alterraun Verner: No. 93May 13th, 2014
From now until the end of July, all sorts of NFL media will roll out filler material to pass the time until training camps open, in between news from various team minicamps and OTAs.
So, get ready for a whole bunch of episodes of Top-100s, America’s Game, A Football Life and the 8,653rd rerun of “Top 10″ on NFL Network, not to mention the dozens of daily assaults from that damned ice cream company and its friggin’ waffle cones. Joe is so absolutely sick of those commercials, you don’t know how badly he wants to drop a No. 2 in that woman’s waffle cone.
The spreadsheeters over at Pro Football Focus are busy counting down, too. Worn down from annoying Bill Belicheat and studying for the draft, the stat nerds have decided to take a page from NFL Network and have a Top-100 players list of their own. In its first installment, Khaled Elsayed has Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner ranked No. 93.
93. Alterraun Verner, CB, Tennessee Titans
Verner was on his way to a higher ranking with some excellent work in his first 10 games of the year that saw him earn just the one negative grade (and a -0.3 at that). But he fell off some as the season closed, unable to make the kind of plays that saw him catch the eye of everyone initially. Still, all told, it was a fine year for Verner who allowed just one reception for every 15 snaps in coverage (fifth-best in the league).
Yes, Joe knows Verner plays in Tampa now. The spreadsheeters seem to be too busy trying to fix their corrupted Excel programs to notice.
Verner may have been a steal for the Bucs and good evidence of the selling power of coach Lovie Smith. Joe has no issue with Verner in any way shape or form. But whenever Joe sees him or reads his name, he remembers Darrelle Revis.
No, Joe can’t get over Revis’ loss easily, sorry.