Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end MarQueis Gray (47) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) pose for a photo following the game at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Sherels Impresses Against Browns

When Vikings fans think of Marcus Sherels, they usually think of his sure handed punt returns that sometimes result in many yards or even a touchdown.  Now, fans should think a little more about Marcus Sherels, the cornerback.

Last year, Sherels was statistically one of the worst cornerbacks in the league.  According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed the yards per snap than any other quarterback in the NFL, by a large margin.

Dec 4, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) returns a kickoff against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at the Metrodome. The Broncos win 35-32. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

However, this year, Sherels seems to have turned a new leaf.  Against the Browns, Sherels was targeted 18 times by quarterback Brian Hoyer and allowed only 50 yards through the air.  That is an impressive 2.8 yards per defense, which earned him the #1 spot on Pro Football Focus’ cornerback rankings for week 3. Sherels also lead the team in tackles despite not playing the entire game.

Has he turned a corner in his career, or is this just a fluke performance?  Time will only tell.  But with injuries to Chris Cook and A.J. Jefferson, the Vikings may not have the option of waiting to find out.  Sherels will be in action against the Steelers in London for the team’s week 4 game.

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