Richard Sherman Praises Atlanta's Receiving Corp, and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterJanuary 10, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01:  Julio Jones #11 and Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrate Jones' touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on January 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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One could argue that the Seattle Seahawks have the best starting secondary in the NFL. Over the course of the last two years, they have sent Brandon Browner, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas to the Pro Bowl.

The only one to get snubbed—for two years in a row now—is second-year player Richard Sherman.

That is absurd considering that he is the best player out of the four aforementioned names. Regardless, the best secondary in the NFL will have a monumental task covering Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez come Sunday during their Divisional Round playoff matchup in Atlanta.

As cocky as Sherman is, he knows that this week's task will be Seattle's most difficult of the season. When asked specifically about White and Jones, here is what Sherman had to say:

They’re two of the best in the league. They’re two of the best out there right now as individuals. For a tandem they’re probably the top tandem out there.

He went on to praise each wide receiver individually:

I think Roddy is more crafty of a route-runner. He uses different tricks and things. You can see that he’s a veteran when he’s route-running. Julio runs hard routes and plays the game more physical. I think he’s stronger in his routes and uses his body more.

Aside from watching Sherman battle it out with White and Jones, be sure to watch Browner step up to the plate as well. Remember, he was awfully rusty last week during the first half of the Seahawks-Redskins game—not to mention that he was torched last year when he squared off against Jones one-on-one.

In that matchup, Jones caught eight of his 10 targets on Browner for 79 yards, with a reception long of 45 yards. These key matchups may go a long way in determining who will indeed be advancing to the NFC Championship game.



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