The New Orleans Saints take on the Seattle Seahawks Monday in what will be a display of some of the best cornerbacks the NFL has to offer.
Seattle’s Richard Sherman gets a lot of credit as the NFL’s best corner, and rightfully so. The man who doesn’t get enough credit? Keenan Lewis, who joined the Saints via free agency last offseason.
Since then, Lewis has been a major reason for the turnaround defensively. Even better, Lewis is quietly having a similar season to Sherman as ESPN’s Mike Triplett details:
Lewis has measured up pretty well statistically to Sherman this year. Sherman has four interceptions and eight pass defenses. Lewis has three picks, one forced fumble and eight pass defenses.
More importantly, though, is the numbers that aren’t being posted.
Opposing offenses have pretty much stayed away from both guys this year. Lewis has allowed only one touchdown, a total of 312 yards and an opponents’ quarterback rating of 55.2, according to Pro Football Focus (which ranks fifth best among all regular cornerbacks).
Lewis has been arguably the most important piece in New Orleans defensively, and was easily one of the top free agency signings. Lewis shadows No. 1 receivers and mostly does an excellent job of keeping them in check.
That’s hard to find in today’s NFL. Lewis may not get the national spotlight because he isn’t a loudmouth, but that’s just fine—he lets his play do the talking and fits in perfectly with the culture in New Orleans.
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