Ronald Darby is starting to open some eyes in the national media. The Buffalo Bills rookie cornerback is coming off of a game in which he was targeted five times by the New York Jets and only allowed one catch. The reception, caught by Brandon Marshall, resulted in a two yard loss.
On Monday, Darby’s performance was recognized by Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback. King named Darby as one of his two defensive players of the week. Here is what King said about Darby:
Ronald Darby, cornerback, Buffalo. Through nine games, this strong contender for defensive rookie of the year already has the Bills’ rookie record for passes defensed (18) after a stellar game in the Meadowlands on Thursday night. The 50th pick of the 2015 draft is so feisty, so competitive, so unafraid, that it’s surprising so many corner-hungry teams passed on him last spring. Darby deflected three Ryan Fitzpatrick passes and played physically on Jets receivers all night in Buffalo’s 22-17 win.
King makes a great point in noting that it was surprising that Darby lasted until pick 50. Buffalo, without a first round pick, certainly made the most of their selection. Darby’s high level of play on defense is one of the reasons that Buffalo is in the driver’s seat when it comes to ending their playoff drought.