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NFL Week 15 cornerback rankings: Jets' Sauce Gardner tops the list, Bears' Jaylon Johnson climbs to No. 3

2RXYK3A Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (38) in action against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Sauce Gardner is PFF's No. 1 cornerback: The Jets corner ranks third in PFF coverage grade but first in Successful Coverage Over Expected (SCOE), which is enough to take first place in our overall ranking.

L'Jarius Sneed stepped up in Week 14: Sneed’s 92.0 grade was fully earned, as he forced five incompletions on seven targets against the Bills on Sunday. He allowed just one catch for 1 yard and made two pass stops on top of the ridiculous stat line.

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If quarterback is the most important position on the football field, then limiting the effectiveness of that player is the most important thing a defense can do.

A team can do this in two ways: It can pressure the passer to disrupt his timing, rhythm and accuracy, or it can shut down the opposing receivers.

These rankings will combine PFF coverage grades with our Successful Coverage Over Expected (SCOE) data, which looks at how well each coverage defender performed on non-targeted coverage snaps, as we grade every coverage defender’s ability to prevent separation whether they are targeted on the play or not.

Here are the top 32 cornerbacks for the 2023 season through Week 14. For more grades and statistics on the league's best cornerbacks, check out PFF Premium Stats.


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