The Bengals have gotten an infusion of youth in their secondary over the past two years, but the wily old veterans are still leading the way. Leon Hall (turning 30 in December) is coming off another torn Achilles tendons, while Terence Newman just turned 36 this month.
Needless to say, Cincinnati was smart to draft Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard in the first round of two of the past three NFL drafts. The duo are the future of the secondary, but the vets aren't giving up their jobs just yet.
To this point, Newman (157 snaps) and Hall (143) have rarely left the field, while Dennard (1) and Kirkpatrick (10) haven't been able to unseat the the two vets.
Hall and Newman were key in Sunday's win over Atlanta, shutting down the Falcons' dynamic duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White.
For their efforts, Hall was named to the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week, while Newman was an honorable mention.
Cornerbacks: Leon Hall, CIN (+4.1) and David Amerson, WAS (+3.2)
Allowing just 31 yards in coverage while picking off one pass and breaking up another saw Hall seal his place here. He was almost joined by a teammate but Amerson saw him off, allowing just 45 yards on six receptions.
Honorable Mentions: Terence Newman, CIN and Chris Harris Jr., DEN