SPOTLIGHT ON THE SEAHAWKS
Richard Sherman, cornerback
The skinny: Sherman is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and he would gladly tell you about it if you ever tried to line up across from him. The brash former collegiate wideout backs it up by blanketing receivers, usually from his left cornerback spot, though the Seahawks have asked him to shadow some elite wide receivers this season. With long arms on his 6-foot-3 frame, Sherman gets his mitts on a lot of passes.
Last time around: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater mostly avoided Sherman, who was often on the defense’s left but occasionally lined up on the right side. Bridgewater threw into Sherman’s coverage area just three times, per Pro Football Focus. Only one pass was a completion, a 6-yard gain by tight end Kyle Rudolph with Sherman in off coverage.
Stat that stands out: 26 interceptions by Sherman since his 2011 rookie season, the most in the league. He had a career-low two interceptions in 2015, though.