So far during the 2019 NFL season, the New England Patriots defense has been elite. They made history on defense in their first two games by only allowing three points combined against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins and it seems that every unit on that defense is an upper-echelon group.
That said, of the defense in general, it appears that corner is the strongest position group. Armed with plenty of quality options in All-Pro Stephon Gilmore, solid veteran Jason McCourty, the recently-extended Jonathan Jones, and former undrafted free agent J.C. Jackson, the Patriots can match up with just about any team's receiving weapons. And so far, that has been the case.
In fact, the Patriots' corners have been so good that they have barely allowed opposing players to get catches on them. This mind-blowing stat about the cornerback group via Jeff Howe of the Athletic proves just how dominant the unit has been.
The Patriots’ top four cornerbacks (Gilmore, McCourty, Jones, Jackson) have been targeted 39 times in two games. They’ve allowed 12 catches, broken up nine and intercepted one. They’re nearly as likely to get their hands on the pass as the receiver they’re covering.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 16, 2019
That's pretty incredible, and it translates to a combined completion percentage of about 30.1. Their stellar play at cornerback is a big part of the reason that the Patriots defense overall has yet to allow a touchdown and has allowed just 365 passing yards and four interceptions to opposing quarterbacks during their first two contests.
The Patriots' strength at cornerback is also part of the reason that they won't be likely to target Jalen Ramsey in a trade. The Jacksonville Jaguars' top corner has reportedly demanded a trade away from the club, but the Patriots' lack of need at cornerback coupled with the high cost of acquiring Ramsey would basically make any conversation surrounding the veteran a non-starter.
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