Miami Dolphins

After another monster game, Xavien Howard dares you to keep him out of the Pro Bowl

Dolphins corner Xavien Howard celebrates after interception Bills quarterback Josh Allen in the first half Sunday.
Dolphins corner Xavien Howard celebrates after interception Bills quarterback Josh Allen in the first half Sunday.

Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is on fire.

And he wants the world to know it.

After two more picks Sunday, emerging superstar Xavien Howard doesn’t just lead the Dolphins with seven interceptions.

He leads the entire league.

And yet, his name was nowhere to be seen when the NFL announced its first round of Pro Bowl voting.

If he doesn’t go to Orlando, it will be a travesty. He’s not only playing at a Pro Bowl level. He might be playing at an All-Pro level.

“I don’t feel like I get recognized enough,” Howard said in the moments after the Dolphins’ 21-17 victory over the Bills Sunday. “I’m going to let them know I’m the best corner in the game.”

Yes, you read that correctly. Howard doesn’t believe he’s among the best corners in football.

He thinks he’s the best — full stop.

“I’m the best corner in the league,” Howard repeated


“Look at my stats. There’s no doubt. Just watch the stats and watch my game.”

His game has been electric all season. And now he has the stats to go with it.

His interceptions have come in bunches.

Howard picked off Bills quarterback Josh Allen twice Sunday, and has back-to-back games with two interceptions.

It was his third game this year with two picks, making him the first player in team history with three multi-interception games in the season season.

“Four in two weeks? That’s a pretty big deal,” said rookie corner Minkah Fitzpatrick. “He’s playing really well. The whole year, he’s been playing well. Now you’re just seeing the picks roll in. That just comes from X doing his job day in and day out. He’s a great player, kind of an under the radar type guy. He’s one of the best in the league, no doubt about that. He’s going to keep doing what he’s doing.”

“He’s one of the best corners in the league,” Dolphins safety Reshad Jones added. “I say that all the time. He’s one of the best in the league. I don’t think he’s finished yet.”

Said Dolphins corner Bobby McCain: “The way he’s playing right now is unbelievable.”

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase comments on the game against the Buffalo Bills and the missed catch by Charles Clay to end the game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

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