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Tweet of the Day: Asante on his own greatness

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:09 PM


Tweet of the Day: Asante on his own greatness

April 8, 2012, 5:05 pm

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In case anyone would like to argue otherwise, Asante Samuel spent Easter Sunday morning on Twitter, reminding his followers, with the help of a favorable blog post, just how good he is at playing cornerback.

BloggingtheBeast (via ProFootballTalk) has an article entitled "A quick reminder that Asante Samuel is still a great CB," that argues, well, you get the idea.

Borrowing from data on Football Outsiders, BloggingtheBeast writes: "Samuel was only thrown at 36 times the entire 2010 season. He had a “success rate” of 78%, which was by far and away the best in the NFL. For quick reference, [Football Outsiders] defines 'success rate' as 'the percentage of passes that don’t manage to get at least 45 percent of needed yards on first down, 60 percent of needed yards on second down, or 100 percent of needed yards on third down.'”

Even more impressive, they note that Samuel also led the league in yards allowed per pass (3.2) and "somehow intercepted seven passes" despite only having 36 balls thrown his way -- meaning he picked off 19.4 percent of the passes targeted in his direction.

As for 2011, though Outsiders has yet to release their full stat charts, Asante was fifth in success rate and third in yards allowed per attempt through week 13.

Obviously pleased someone took the time to acknowledge his achievements, Samuel tweeted the article's link to multiple members of the local media:

Samuel has been the subject of trade rumors ever since the Eagles' acquisition of both Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie last summer.

Samuel has two years remaining on the six-year, $57 million contract he signed in 2008. And apparently, even four years later, he's still pretty great at cornerback.

You know, just in case you had forgotten.

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