A lot of people are pointing to the fact that Johnson had only 3.5 sacks last year. But he did lead the league in another important stat. That’s batted passes. Johnson tied with Connor Barwin for the league lead with eight passes batted down.
Another nugget on Johnson: Since his rookie year (2009), the Bengals allowed a 42.8 Total QBR when Johnson was on the field and a 51.4 Total QBR when he wasn’t.
Now, let’s move over to Verner. He is one of 12 cornerbacks in the NFL to start every game in the last two seasons. He has never missed a game in four NFL seasons. Verner, who had five interceptions last season, tied for second in the league in pass breakups with 17, one behind league leader Lardarius Webb.