Patriots CB Leigh Bodden — he of the new, fat, four-year contract — has been named to the NFL All-Improved team put together by the good folks over at Pro Football Focus.
Here’s the blurb:
Not a fit for
the Lions in ’08, he got his career back on track with a very good ’09 season
in which he collected more INTs and PDs and gave up fewer yards and
How much better was Bodden is 2009 than he was in 2008? He ranked 14th among NFL corners, according to the PFF metrics, in ’09. He was 108th the year before, after finishing 33d in 2007.
As a sidenote: The Lions dealt for Bodden after ’07 (shipping Shaun Rogers to Cleveland), then cut him after the ’08 season, which probably has to some people there sick.
He was also ranked ahead of Nnamdi Asomugha (17th) and … Asante Samuel (36th). In case you’re wondering, Shawn Springs was 34th, Darius Butler was 66th and Jonathan Wilhite was 91st.