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Aqib Talib: A+
Talib's job was to shut down Jimmy Graham. After Graham—the leading receiver in the NFL coming into the game—finished the game with zero catches, I think you can say Talib accomplished that mission.
Talib left the game with a hip injury. If he is out for any length of time, the Patriots are going to have to rely on rookie Logan Ryan to play even more.
Alfonzo Dennard: A
As good as Talib has been this year, Dennard has nearly matched him step for step. Dennard held Marques Colston to a single catch and was a mere inch from breaking up the Kenny Stills touchdown catch that nearly won the game.
If Talib is out against the Jets next week, look for Dennard to step into the top cornerback role.
Devin McCourty: B+
McCourty was in charge of a masterful performance by the defensive backfield. He lined up at corner on Jimmy Graham for a few snaps after Talib's injury and was equally as effective.
Steve Gregory: B-
Gregory was late getting over to help Dennard on the 3rd-and-20 conversion, but he was a solid tackler against the run.
Kyle Arrington: B
Arrington was able to flash his ball skills again against New Orleans, coming down with an interception and breaking up a near-touchdown pass to Graham. He had a tough time covering Stills in the slot, but was effective overall.
Duron Harmon: C+
Harmon saw time again this week with Tavon Wilson out again this week. He played the high safety in Cover 1 at times and looked like a veteran.
Logan Ryan: C+
Ryan saw an uptick in his snap count with Talib on the sideline. He responded well, seemingly sound on all his assignments in pressure-packed situations.