If you haven’t heard of Washington corner Jimmy Moreland yet, why not? Moreland was interviewed for Ninetynineyards by College Chap Oliver Hodgkinson shortly before he was drafted in the 7th round.
The underachieving Washington Football team are – would you believe – the number one team in the NFL in passing yards allowed (pre thanksgiving) and 6th in overall yards per game. This has a lot to do with an excellent defensive line full of first rounders, but they cannot do this alone.
On his return to the starting line up against the Bengals, the former James Madison corner registered two tackles, half a sack and two quarterback hurries, as the team conceded only 9 points.
Speaking before this season Moreland told local reporters that he didn’t trust himself as much in 2019, as he wasn’t totally comfortable with his role in the scheme, he said that he felt more comfortable going into 2020 but was still learning the “ins and outs”.
Playing in the slot this season Moreland has done much better than many expected, he ranks sixth compared to 35 other slot corners (min 100 snaps) conceding 176 yards (22 of 31) and no touchdowns which is just 0.97 yards per snap.
With a player the calibre of Landon Collins out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles, look for youngsters like Moreland to make a much bigger name for themselves on what is a surprisingly effective defence.