Best Safety Tandems Coming Into the 2019 Season

htoutlaws2012
Maybe ''box safety'' isn't the right way to describe it, but when back end of the field it can be a tricky position to play seeing you gotta either be in support of the corner having trouble or you think you can beat off the receiver the choice is on the player themselves either way these tandems are a force to be reckoned with.

The Top Ten

1 Earl Thomas and Tony Jefferson - (Ravens)

''The former Seattle Seahawks safety got the long term contract he was looking for, signing a four-year deal worth $55 million with Baltimore this past offseason. Coming off a season-ending injury, a big contract could be a concern, but so far he has had no setbacks in minicamp. He can hopefully return to form. Jefferson does not need to be. As the primary box safety that makes plays against the run and around the line of scrimmage, he’s able to help shut down the run and shallow areas of the field. He only has 2 interceptions over the last two years but does have 8 pass deflections, 153 combined tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 2 forced fumbles as an enforcer for the defense. As a reliable starter that has not missed a game in his tenure as a Raven, Jefferson could make even more plays in a more defined role in 2019.’’ - htoutlaws2012

2 Derwin James and Adrian Phillips - (Chargers)

I think this year Derwin James will take a huge leap and this tandem will be the best in the league. - 2storm

''James Took the NFL by storm en route to becoming the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year runner-up. He’s the first rookie in franchise history to record 100-plus tackles while also logging 3.5 sacks and three interceptions.’’ Adrian Phillips, and maybe rotational safety in Nasir Adderly could really makes a strong case being the best tandem in football if only for that little back and forth opposite side to James. - htoutlaws2012

3 Eddie Jackson and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - (Bears)

Unfortunately for them, Bears fans think Ha Ha can play strong safety and tackle. I am generally concerned for this safety tandem. - PackFan2005

''Jackson’s video study that included regular nighttime film sessions at team headquarters heavily contributed to his elite-level play in 2018. That included six INTs, three turnovers returned for touchdowns, 15 pass break-ups and 51 tackles in 14 games.’’ - htoutlaws2012

4 Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer - (Bills)

Two studs that fits the Buffalo system well. Poyer a heavily underrated safety opposite side to Micah Hyde a former Packer now really thriving on his own that’s two Green Bay guys who have been able to be successfully elsewhere (the other being Casey Hayward). They will try to grab the ball in anyway they can to get their offense back in high gear in big moment in a game. - htoutlaws2012

5 Rashad Jones and Minkah Fitzpatrick - (Dolphins)

Miami might be a bad team overall, but you can’t really say anything remotely bad about its secondary being very good especially at safety they look like a safe blanket. Minkah may not have had that good of a rookie season, but could make it a big year two, and maybe enough to score the teams #1 pick fortunate down the road. Rashard Jones among the best of this mostly average group. - htoutlaws2012

6 Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris - (Vikings)

Listen I know Anthony is not the end of the world but Sendejo had a strong connection with Smith now that he is gone I’m worried things will break apart because last time I checked Smith is no mentor - RawIsgore

''Harrison Smith remained elite against the run with a 91.3 run-defense grade in 2018 the best mark among safeties. He was also one of the most reliable tacklers in the NFL with a 21.5 tackle efficiency rating. Harris came in for the injured Andrew Sendejo in Week 6 and immediately put forth one of the best single-game performances of the 2018 season. Keeping the starting job for the remainder of the campaign, Harris made his most significant impact in coverage, where he saw just 13 targeted passes. Still, he recorded three interceptions and two additional pass breakups and allowed a passer rating of only 24.0%.’’ What hasn’t been said is that Minnesota retains having a great safety tandem at the very least. - htoutlaws2012

7 Kevin Byard and Kenny Vaccaro - (Titans)

Kevin Bynard is a phenomenal Safety honestly two season ago he made a name for himself hauling in 3 picks against a than bad Browns team. You give this guy a hot streak your asking for trouble. Kenny Vaccaro when healthy a pretty strong safety to have around. I feel like Tennessee took a step back in that secondary in a strange turn of events, but they could have that secondary bounce back it may fall right on Kenny’s play production. - htoutlaws2012

8 Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod - (Eagles)

''The NFL’s snap leader among safeties (Malcolm Jenkins that is) in 2018 had another strong season despite the injuries that struck the Eagles’ secondary.’’ McLeod also shown great turnaround promise after the significant injury play at corner position really hurt this Philly team the most on defense. - htoutlaws2012

9 D.J. Swearinger and Budda Baker - (Cardinals)

D.J. Swearinger a swatting typhoon in the backfield of this defense. Meanwhile a rising star Budda Baker has made a decent impression on a pretty bad Cardinals team he can get better with the guidance of D.J. surely. - htoutlaws2012

10 Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye - (Jets)

''Adams exploded onto the scene as one of the league’s most versatile safeties a season ago. He played 137 snaps at edge defender, 172 snaps as a slot cornerback, 40 snaps as a wide cornerback, 489 snaps in the box and 281 snaps as a deep safety, and he earned grades north of 77.0 in all four facets of our defensive grading system. He produced a pressure rate of 28.2% as a pass-rusher. Maye only managed 393 snaps in 2018, but he sure made his time on the field count. Through six games, Maye earned an impressive 81.7 overall grade thanks to strong showings in all facets of the game.’’ Jamal Adams is one of the best safeties right now, while the big question mark is left with Marcus Maye knowing his health injury was a big problem last season, but if he can better handle it than Jets do have a good tandem based on those numbers put up. - htoutlaws2012

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