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Jets CBs don't feel the burn

1/11/2010

Darrelle Revis isn't the only reason the New York Jets finished the regular season with the NFL's top-rated pass defense.

Revis, the lockdown left cornerback, gets most of the attention because he's one of the league's elite defenders, regardless of position.

But statistical analysis shows Revis isn't the only Jet giving receivers fits.

Lowest Burn Percentage

Cornerbacks this season, Min. 50 targets

Stats Inc. records what it calls "burns," the number of times a defender allows a reception to the man he's covering. Stats Inc. then divides that by the number of times the defender is targeted to compute a "burn percentage."

Of cornerbacks who were targeted at least 50 times, three Jets cornerbacks ranked among the top six.

Revis was best with 40 receptions allowed on 108 targets for a 37.0 burn percentage.

Part-time starter Dwight Lowery, third on the list, allowed 22 catches on 54 targets for a 40.7 percentage. Usual right cornerback Lito Sheppard was sixth. Sheppard surrendered 26 catches on 57 targets for a 45.6 percentage.

The Buffalo Bills had two among the top 11, another reason why they finished second in pass defense. Drayton Florence was fourth at 43.2 percent, and Reggie Corner was 11th at 47.3 percent. Former Bills cornerback Jabari Greer ranked second at 37.9 percent.

Sean Smith was the Miami Dolphins' best in terms of burn percentage. He ranked 16th, allowing 35 receptions on 73 targets for a 47.9 percentage.

His rookie partner, Vontae Davis, was 61st -- worst among all AFC East cornerbacks who faced at least 50 passes. He gave up 46 catches on 76 tries. That's a 60.5 percent success rate for the offense.

The New England Patriots top cornerback was Leigh Bodden at 19th. He yielded 43 catches on 87 attempts, or 49.4 percent. Darius Burler was 43rd, with 37 receptions on 65 attempts for 56.9 percent. Jonathan Wilhite was 49th with 42 receptions on 72 attempts for 58.3 percent.