Former Bills corner Ronald Darby, like many others, was surprised that he was traded to the Eagles for receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round draft pick.
“Everything was last minute, last second,” Darby told CSN Philly’s John Clark. “But it’s a blessing at the end of the day.”
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The Eagles scheme is a better fit for his man coverage ability. It will allow him to be more aggressive, which is something that Darby promised to bring to Philadelphia.
Darby wouldn’t say he likes defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s aggressive scheme better when he was asked about the fit.
“Buffalo had a great scheme fit,” Darby said. “At the end of the day, I’m just happy to be somewhere.”
The Eagles are certainly happy to welcome in more depth to the corner back position, especially since it has been a reoccurring issue over the past few years.
Darby had an impressive rookie campaign in 2015 racking up 61 tackles, 21 pass deflections, and two interceptions. He was recognized as the Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Focus after that season.
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He followed that year up with an average 2016 – 60 tackles, 12 pass deflections, and zero interceptions.
2016 is already in the rearview mirror for Darby as he’s ready to get to work in his new city.
“I’m going to be aggressive, play fast, and get to the ball,” Darby said about his style of play. “Go out there, work hard each day and learn from one another.”
Darby may be a man of few words but make no mistake, he is now the Eagles top corner back. This trade should prove to be pivotal for the team’s secondary.