Ronald Darby’s Arrival Highlight A Bright Future For Cornerback Position

The Eagles eased the uncertainty surrounding the cornerback position by welcoming Ronald Darby to Philadelphia.

Friday’s trade sent former wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the third-year cornerback. As chance would have it, not only does Darby strengthen a budding young core at the cornerback position, but he also reunites with a handful of players from his time in Buffalo and at Florida State.

“It’s like a comfortable feeling. Not even Nigel (Bradham) and Timmy (Tim Jernigan), but I also know Corey Graham, Ron Brooks. Those guys were with me at Buffalo so it’s good to be around people you know,” Darby said after Saturday’s practice.

Brooks and Darby share one of the closer connections on the team after the two spent the 2015 season – Darby’s rookie season – on the Bills. He tallied two interceptions, 61 solo tackles, and 21 passes defensed in an impressive first year.

“He’s definitely going to be a big contributor in this defense once he learns it and gets it down,” Brooks said. “He’s definitely going to be a good addition.”

Adding to Darby’s extensive list of former teammates, safety Terrence Brooks, who played with Darby for two seasons back at Florida State spoke highly of the Oxon Hill, Maryland native.

“If we’re fortunate enough to get on the field together that’ll be a great thing,” the safety said. “Darby and I had quite a bit of time with each other at Florida State and just to have him here is a blessing too. I mean the kid is a scrapper. He goes out there and he’s got tight coverage, he doesn’t shy away from contact, and that’s like me too. So we all bring that kind of Florida State feel to this defense.”

The Eagles’ receiving corps received a tremendous upgrade during the offseason by adding the likes of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, and draft picks Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson which allowed the team to make a deal that would build up its most…

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