Eagles’ Ronald Darby opens up about proving his worth
New Washington Redskins cornerback Ronald Darby had a difficult go of it in the last two years, having to sign a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019 after suffering an ACL tear and then several injuries this past season preventing him from cashing out this offseason.
Darby, 26, signed another one-year contract as a free agent in March 2020, this time agreeing with the Eagles’ NFC East division rival Redskins. The former second-round pick from the 2015 NFL Draft of the Buffalo Bills out of Florida State explained his tough mindset throughout his professional journey.
“As the corner I know I am, I’m a great corner,” Darby said. “I had to battle obstacles and stuff like that, and at the end of the day, whether you’re hurt or good, you still got to go out there and perform. You can’t always have excuses. I know that I can be the person that I am, that I’ve shown.”
Given the extreme athleticism and bursts of speed and agility today’s wide receivers, the health of the team’s secondaries is crucial, and Darby seeing limited time during the 2019 regular season is not indicative of any future performance he can bring to a franchise. Signing for less money on another single-year deal this offseason, Darby has to stay on the gridiron longer than the last two years (20 regular-season games combined) in order to secure a long-term deal with any club.
Darby also combined for three interceptions in the last years along with 63 solo tackles.