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Buffalo Bills CB Ronald Darby finished second in the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year race to Marcus Peters

Ronald Darby, PFF's DROY, lost the defensive rookie of the year award at NFL Honors to Marcus Peters

Marcus Peters of the Chiefs was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award on Saturday night.


According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the voting results weren't exactly close.


Buffalo Bills CB Ronald Darby finished second in voting with four votes out of 50. Peters likely won the award due to his interception total (8) and 26 passes defensed. These were two categories where Peters outperformed Darby. However, you could argue that their overall play favors the Bills cornerback. 

Pro Football Focus graded Darby as being far superior to Peters in 2015. Darby finished as the site's No. 4 cornerback while Peters finished 48th overall. Buffalo's rookie CB only allowed 660 yards receiving on the season and four touchdowns during the season. He didn't allow any team's receiving corps to go over 100 yards in a game. For these reasons, PFF named Darby as their Defensive Rookie of the Year.

As for Peters, the Chiefs defensive back allowed 939 yards receiving on the year, the third highest total among all cornerbacks in the NFL, and eight touchdowns (second most in the league).

Despite not winning the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award, the future is bright for Darby.


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