Defensive backs: B-
Logan Ryan and Adoree Jackson continue to be a really good tandem on the outside. When they were in they were constantly holding their receivers to either really contested catches or no catches at all.
Sims came in and gave up a TD to Alshon Jeffery which is hard to grade. Obviously is it bad, but it is such a hard thing to ask a 4th CB to come on the field and shut down one of the best QB/WR combinations in the NFL.
My big issue is with Malcolm Butler. I know he is a good player and he did make a splash play on a sack. He also does a great job keeping short passes in front of him and driving on the ball.
However, in the deep game he is the biggest liability on the field. Not because he doens’t have the athleticism to trail and make a play, but this week it was because he just stopped covering in the middle of a play for a second and when he realized what was happening it was already too late.
It is similar to what happened in the Houston game where it looked like he gave up a TD to Nuk Hopkins before the half because he either didn’t understand the safety help behind him or because someone was out of place.
Either way, Butler has been the victim on too many deep passes this season for it to be a fluke.
I don’t know if it is something they can fix in a week or what, but maybe it gets corrected during the bye week so he can start attacking balls in the air instead of getting caught in situations like he has been all season.