How Has Richard Sherman Really Performed vs. Top NFL Receivers?

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How Has Richard Sherman Really Performed vs. Top NFL Receivers?
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Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks is the NFL's top cornerback.

Just ask the 25-year-old. He'll gladly tell you.

After making the play of the game in last Sunday's NFC Championship win, Sherman loudly proclaimed to Erin Andrews of Fox Sports, via The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like (San Francisco's Michael) Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me!"

This outburst, of course, has everyone talking even more about the outspoken Pro Bowler.

If Sherman truly is the best cornerback in the game, it's fair to expect that in addition to coming up huge in big games (such as last week's win) Sherman would also shine when placed opposite players "worthy" of being covered by him.

Let's put that expectation to the test by examining how Sherman fared against the NFL's top receivers over the past few years.


Target data courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

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