Falcons: A.J. Terrell skill is more sustainable than Trevon Diggs
A.J. Terrell has been straight-up special for the Atlanta Falcons this season, he should be considered the best player on the team, he has been that good.
On the flip side, he did not make the Pro Bowl even though he should have, but Trevon Diggs with the Cowboys did because of his league-leading 11 interceptions on the year.
Falcons star CB has a more sustainable ability than that of the Cowboy’s CB
The Falcons have been able to put A.J. Terrell on one side and trust that he will be able to shut down any wide receiver that lines up across from him, while the Cowboys have a talented player who is a boom or bust type player.
According to Pro Football Focus, Trevon Diggs has given up a total of 962 yards compared to A.J. Terrell giving up 158 yards. It shows how boom or bust Diggs is, while Terrell is able to not give up yards in his area.
Without the interceptions that Diggs has, he would be a no-name player. Interceptions are a weird stat because much of them are about luck and some ball skills. No question Diggs has tremendous ball skills, but he also is not a great cover guy.
So, which would you rather have for the long term, a guy who relies a lot on luck or a guy who relies on a much more sustainable ability? The answer should be the latter.
There has not been a player who has led the NFL in interceptions in back-to-back years since Everson Walls did it in 1981 and 1982.
This shows that players are not able to consistently intercept numerous passes every single year, Trevon Diggs is bound for a huge slump next season, while A.J. Terrell has an ability that you can sustain for years and years.
There should be no debate between A.J. Terrell not being better than Trevon Diggs, interceptions do not show who is better as it relies a lot on luck. Terrell will have a better overall career than Diggs.