Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell was one of the few bright spots on the team last season that finished 7-10 and failed to make the playoffs.
Terrell should have made the Pro Bowl in 2021 based on his performance on a bad defense with very little pass rush. Pro Football Focus (PFF) graded Terrell as a the second-best cornerback in the NFL, who played at least 200 snaps, behind Jalen Ramsey of the LA Rams.
Bleacher Report (B/R) compiled a list of eight players who should make their first Pro Bowl in 2022, and they acknowledged Terrell should be going to his second in 2022, not just his first.
“According to NFL’s Next Gen Stats, Terrell was the league leader in completion percentage allowed (41.1 percent), yards allowed per target (4.1) and coverage success rate (68.5 percent),” wrote B/R’s Ian Wharton. “The latter is especially impressive since it’s defined as ‘the percentage of targets that result in a successful play for the defense.’
It’d be an impressive enough accomplishment if Terrell played on a great defense, but it’s even more so that he was consistently great despite playing on a defense that ranked last with 18 sacks. Terrell had little help and every excuse to have numbers that didn’t match the eye test.”
The Falcons have a tougher schedule and a salary cap problem that is leaving them with roughly 30% of their cap unavailable to them.
But young players like Terrell and tight end Kyle Pitts make for excellent building blocks when the Falcons have all of their resources available to them next season.
Terrell deserved the Pro Bowl last year.
He should make it this year.