5) A.J. Terrell (CB)
There is absolutely no denying the effort of the undisputed top corner for the Atlanta Falcons.
Against the Eagles, Terrell had an underrated performance on defense and was one of the few players who played great in that game.
Week two was when he made the flashy plays that get corners their recognition.
On the first drive of the game, Tom Brady launched a pass into the endzone to Antonio Brown who was open. A.J. Terrell showed off his stellar physical attributes by jumping and stretching as far as possible to tip the pass incomplete.
While it did not end up affecting the result of the drive for the Buccaneers – as they still scored a touchdown – you cannot question that Terrell did not do everything in his power.
The second highlight by Terrell was almost a mirror image play and it also knocked him out of the game with a concussion.
On the play, the Falcons were playing a cover two zone play, with A.J. playing the flat zone to the left side. The safety was responsible for picking up Antonio Brown as he streaked down the field but the safety collapsed on another intermediate route.
A.J. Terrell basically bailed out the safety by making another stretched-out pass breakup. As previously mentioned, the play ended up giving him a concussion as he slammed into the ground.
A.J. was the Falcon’s top corner last year, and he will undoubtedly be in the same role for years down the road. He is a special player.