CB Jabari Greer—Grade—B
The veteran Greer played more than fine early in the game. He was lost midway through the game with an apparent concussion.
CB Corey White—Grade—N/A
White was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, thus ending his season.
CB Johnny Patrick—Grade—C
Patrick saw a ton of snaps after Jabari Greer left the game with an apparent concussion. His play was more than solid in man-to-man efforts. He did give up a late touchdown but had tight coverage on that play.
CB Patrick Robinson—Grade—D+
Patrick Robinson played OK after halftime. Before then, he was clearly awful. He played off coverage against Dez Bryant—hoping to eliminate the big play. The problem was that Bryant ran his routes right at the gut of Robinson. Robinson allowed Bryant to do it, which caused him to become flat-footed and slow to turn and run or break on the throw in front of him.
Once he caught on to Bryant’s route-running style, he adjusted by getting into his backpedal quicker and kept his feet moving. The result was a clear improvement.
CB Elbert Mack—Grade—B
Mack continued his solid play as the nickel corner. He was beat on a few occasions but never so badly that the team suffered for it.
S Roman Harper—Grade—B-
Roman Harper was almost non-existent in this contest. It’s interesting to see the evolution of his game from an in-the-box safety to more of a deep coverage type. That is the role he played most often Sunday.
S Malcolm Jenkins—Grade—N/A
Malcolm Jenkins was placed on Injured Reserve last week.
S Isa Abdul-Quddus—Grade—B
Quddus did a really nice job executing his role as the traditional free safety. He flew to the football and made key tackles.
S Rafael Bush—Grade—B+
Bush was used in many of the sub-package nickel and dime defenses the Saints used late in the game. He was effective, though not nearly as flashy as he was in previous games.