Ronald Darby brings 'rare speed' to Eagles' cornerback group

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles were desperate for cornerback help. When you are desperate, leverage is not on your side.

Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman ended up paying a significant price to acquire some much-needed help, sending wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby.

"You look around the league, and it is a corner-deficient league," Roseman said Friday a short time after the deal went down. "It's hard to find those guys. It's hard to find guys who have been solid starters in this league and can play at a high level. And teams that have them are not really ready to move them.

"In this league, you are not going to be able to get anything unless you give something."

In Darby, they get a young talent with upside who likely was available in part because of the scheme shift under new Bills head coach Sean McDermott. The former second-round pick out of Florida State finished second in voting for defensive rookie of the year in 2015 before taking a bit of a step back last season. Asked what he liked about Darby, Roseman pointed to his "rare speed" -- he ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine -- as well as his "production on the ball." He only has two career interceptions but has racked up 33 pass breakups in 29 games.


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