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Top five cornerbacks in yards allowed per cover snap

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CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 22: Aqib Talib #21 of the Denver Broncos breaks up a pass intended for Jeremy Langford #33 of the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on November 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Denver Broncos defeat the Chicago Bears 17 to 15. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Yards allowed per cover snap is a PFF Elite signature stat detailing how much yardage a cornerback surrenders on a per snap basis and typically, yards allowed per cover snap correlates very well to a player’s coverage grade whether good or bad.

top 5 ranked cornerbacks in yards allowed per cover snaps

1. Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Cleveland Browns

Overall grade: 85.3

Yards allowed per cover snap: 0.17

No surprise to see Boddy-Calhoun this high on the list based on his play this season. He has been sticky in coverage and has the 12th ranked coverage grade of 85.6 to show for it. Quarterbacks almost appear to be avoiding him, as he’s only been targeted on seven of his 144 cover snaps, two numbers that have helped him produce the fewest yards allowed per covers snap mark of 0.17.

2. Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos

Overall grade: 87.0

Yards allowed per cover snap: 0.36

Talib has been arguably the best corner in the league over the past couple seasons. As good as he was a year ago his 0.36 yards allowed per cover snap this season is less than half of his 0.74 mark last. Talib has only allowed 66 yards in coverage on the season.

3. Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals

Overall grade: 81.0

Yards allowed per cover snap: 0.37

Among players on this list no one has played more cover snaps than Peterson at 219. On those snaps he’s allowed just seven catches on 20 targets into his coverage. His 0.37 yards allowed per cover snap is due in large part to limiting yards after the catch, Peterson has surrendered just seven.

4. Jimmy Smith, Baltimore Ravens

Overall grade: 82.8

Yards allowed per cover snap: 0.43

Smith is having a very solid season and given his low yards allowed per cover snap of 0.43, it is no surprise he also leads cornerbacks in passer rating against at 30.5.

5. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

Overall grade: 75.8

Yards allowed per cover snap: 0.45

Due to earning himself a bunch of penalties early on, Sherman isn’t having his best season from a grade standpoint, however, don’t let that fool you, Sherman has still been incredibly sticky in coverage and has allowed just 0.45 yards per cover snap and also ranks near the top in most PFF Elite signature stats.

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