After his team was torched by Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson this past Sunday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if Deion Sanders could shut down Johnson.
“Yes, I do. That’s just it,” Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM vis ESPN.com. “Deion has such catch-up speed and he had real good center-field ability, and I mean that … in [a] football sense. He could really play the ball, and he had such ability to get into position to play the ball.
“Now, you’re talking about the greatest cover guy maybe that’s played this game. I’ve seen where he’s been declared the greatest cover guy. Hall of Famer. But I do think he could do a real good job on Johnson. Johnson’s going to get some probably, but I think he could do a great job. Deion’s a great player.”
You could argue that Sanders had an advantage back in the day since cornerbacks were able to be more physicial. But there’s no doubt in my mind that Sanders could lock down Johnson.