On Wednesday, Preston Brown was named the AFC defensive player of the week by the NFL. One day later, it was another defender getting an award from the league. Ronald Darby, Buffalo's second round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, was named the defensive rookie of the month for September.
Darby currently leads the NFL in passed defensed (10) and is tied for the league lead in interceptions with two. According to Pro Football Focus, Darby has been targeted 29 times in three games, but has only allowed 13 of the passes to be completed. Only two cornerbacks have been targeted more than Darby this season, Stephon Gilmore (33 targets) and Marcus Peters (31 targets).
Darby spoke to BuffaloBills.com about winning the defensive rookie of the month award:
“It’s a blessing,” said Darby. “Each day I just come out and I work. I’ve got great receivers I can work against every day. I learn something new every day from the veterans and the coaches. So I come out every day ready to compete.”
He later added that the veterans are keeping him humble.
“It’s still early. It’s only three games, but they’re keeping me level-headed,” Darby said. “But I’m real humble to begin with.”