After seeing a play where Brandon Browner was left in single coverage against the speedy Ted Ginn Jr. during Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, a curiosity emerged over how the cornerback has performed against fast receivers this season.
The initial hunch is that Browner, who clocked in at 4.6 seconds at the 2005 combine, has surrendered higher numbers against speedier guys this season.
That hunch was confirmed after looking up the 40 time of every receiver who has caught a pass against him this season.
Against receivers who recorded 40 times of 4.3 seconds or faster, Browner has given up 139 yards on seven receptions (11 targets, 19.8 yards per reception).
It should be noted this method of looking things is far from perfect.
Players slow down over time and each route needs to be looked to get a true understanding of the disparity in statistics. Consider this more of a surface look.
Cutting things down the middle, there isn’t much of a difference in statistics.
Against receivers who clocked in at 4.4 seconds or faster at the combine or a pro day, Browner has allowed a completion percentage of 65 percent and given up 15 yards per reception.
Against receivers who clocked in at 4.5 seconds or slower, he’s allowed a completion percentage of 59 percent and 14 yards per reception.
But at the top, against guys with elite speed, Browner has been beaten a handful of times. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but the bigger question here might be why he’s matched up against these guys, and at times without help over top.
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