Great read on the oft-maligned Arrington. He could really shine with the best outside corners next to him that he’s ever had. He just might be the best slot corner in the NFL this season.
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Good stuff on an underrated member of the secondary. I was all for re-signing Arrington this offseason, though there were plenty out there ready to dub him the “worst corner in the NFL”. There’s no question he’s best inside, and hopefully the Pats can get healthy enough to put him there full time.
Arrington: Has arguably been the Patriots’ most consistent cornerback throughout camp, and could end up as one of the starting outside corners, especially if Alfonzo Dennard is suspended.
Haven’t made much mention of the divisive Arrington here, but I was all for his re-signing this offseason and was glad when they locked him up. You can’t put a price on his experience and versatility, despite how he’s definitely had some bad plays that have stuck out over the years. Fact is, he’s just entering his prime, and if he continues to progress he could grow into an excellent corner.
Kyle Arrington | New England Patriots Highlights | 2011-2012 | HD (by ThePatriotWayMixes)
Kyle Arrington Looks Ahead (by ESPN)
"The icing on the cake was he’s going to come over and babysit a few times," Arrington, who will now wear 25, said with a laugh.
Kyle Arrington has re-signed with the Patriots on a four-year deal. This is another move that I was in favor of. I know a lot of Patriots fans aren’t big Arrington fans, but cornerbacks like him, that stay healthy, can play inside or out, and have experience in the system are hard to come by. He should excel if he’s kept inside in the slot, though he actually did a good job in the AFC Championship after Aqib Talib got hurt.
Good take from James Ermilio on one of the most polarizing players in the Patriots secondary. I agree with what he lays out. It’s nearly impossible to find versatile corners who can stay healthy. Arrington isn’t a shutdown corner, but when used right he’s really solid.
It’s easy to pick on corners because when they make a mistake it likely ends up on the scoreboard. But I think Arrington is a safe investment and should give the Pats some good depth at multiple spots in their secondary.
Although the market for CBs is inflated in a passing league, Arrington might still be had relatively cheaply. At 26, a two-year deal that keeps his cap hit manageable (he had an $825,000 base in 2012) should be doable for both sides. As a fan? All I ask is that you look beyond Arrington’s talk-radio reputation and appreciate him for what he is: a good, versatile, hard-working corner with room to grow.