Commentary

V-factors for every NFL team

Finding the Michael Vick for every team or, in other words, the ones you can't plan for

Originally Published: September 1, 2011
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Antonio CromartieStew Milne/US PresswireAntonio Cromartie is a playmaker at the cornerback position for the New York Jets.

The Mag asked KC Joyner to pick the player most like Michael Vick for each of the NFL's 32 teams. Now, these aren't just guys who are game-breaking, home-run threats. They're also impossible to game-plan against: a safety who roams without tendencies or a tight end who lines up all over the field. Like Vick, V-Factors make an offensive or defensive coordinator's game week prep seem like one long nightmare.

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New England Patriots

Brandon Tate, WR
Want to know how Tom Brady tied for second in the NFL in yards per stretch vertical attempt (20-plus yards)? Look no further than Tate. His ability to break open on corner, post and go routes was key to the two-year pro catching six of 12 stretch vertical targets for 241 yards and two TDs last season.


New York Jets

Antonio Cromartie, CB
After five seasons of lockdown coverage, Cromartie might be the perfect defensive mirror to Vick himself. He plays tight in man-to-man (6.3 YPA, 17 passes defensed in 2010), has rapid reaction (18 career INTs) and, like Vick, knows what to do in the open field (302 INT return yards).