Verner, ranked #8 on the list of 15 players, totaled three takeaways against the Jets, including a career-high two interceptions and a fumble recovery, bringing his season total to six takeaways — four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The game marked Verner’s fourth consecutive game with at least one takeaway to begin the season. Verner, named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, now has 10 interceptions in his four-year career.
Writes SI.com NFL writer Chris Burke: “Verner is on season No. 4 in the Titans’ secondary, so he’s hardly a new face. But he has never performed at the level he’s been at through four weeks. Verner already has a career-high four interceptions, one of which he took back for a TD. He also currently sits atop Pro Football Focus’ cornerback rankings — QBs have a rating of 12.9 when throwing his direction, per PFF, nearly half of the next-closest cornerback, Aqib Talib (24.8).”
Not a bad start for Verner, who is playing the best football of his career and is one of the reasons why Tennessee’s defense has shown marked improvement from a year ago.
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