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Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward Are a Top Five Cornerback Tandem

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NFL.com’s Ike Taylor ranked his top five cornerback tandems heading into the 2017 season, and a certain Chargers duo found themselves on the list.

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback and now NFL media analyst Ike Taylor is back at it again, ranking the league’s corners in various ways. This time he has compiled his list of the top five cornerback tandems heading into the 2017 season.

It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Chargers have themselves a pair of superstar corners in Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward, and the bolts dynamic duo finds themselves slotted at number four on Taylor’s list. Here is what Taylor had to say about the Chargers two defensive backs:

I think every Chargers fan feels the same way, speaking of wanting to see number 22 healthy. In fact, the reason Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward sit at number four on this list is probably due to the fact that Verrett just can't seem to catch a break in the injury department. There’s an argument to be made that the bolts defenders could be ranked ahead of at least two of the three pairs in front of them.

The corners ranked above Verrett and Hayward on Ike Taylor's list are Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple of the New York Giants at three, the Denver Broncos combo of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. at two, and the Jacksonville Jaguars A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey who claim the top spot at number one.

There is a lot of talent there for sure. However, there is no reason to think with a full season from both Hayward and Verrett that they couldn't claim the top spot on Ike Taylor's list or any list anywhere for that matter. The Chargers two starting corners have all the potential in the world, but that potential doesn't mean a thing if they (Verrett) can’t stay on the field and out of the training room. The Los Angeles defense needs Jason Verrett to stay healthy, and if he does, look out. Opposing receivers will find working room hard to come by when they come to play against the Chargers.