Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin remembers studying Ronald Darby a couple years ago when the cornerback
was coming out of Florida State. He remembers he liked him.
Since then, though, Darby was drafted by the Bills in the second round of 2015 and Undlin hadn't really thought
about Darby very much.
Until last Friday.
Undlin said normally coaches don't really study other NFL players until those players are going to be free
they study them like college prospects to see if they'll fit their scheme. Darby wasn't set to
become a free agent for two more years.
There wasn't really any reason for Undlin to follow Darby's career.
"I had no idea,womens Malik Hooker Jersey," Undlin said. "I knew he was a good player. I knew he had a great rookie year, didn't really
look at him or follow him much last year."
Since the trade went through, Undlin gave himself a little crash course, watching some of Darby's NFL tape.
What did he come away with?
" he said. "It was good.","It was good
Two days after the trade, he
, Darby partook in his first practice with the Eagles. Six days after the trade
played in his first game.
Darby played 14 snaps against the Bills on Thursday night and had a pretty good debut. He picked off one pass
and should have had another. He showed off his cover ability and his break to the football.
Of course,womens Kevin King Jersey, his coach was quick to point out that it wasn't a perfect debut. Darby missed a tackle against LeSean
McCoy on the very first play of the game. There were some technique issues that need to be sorted out. And
Undlin said Darby's conditioning isn't where it needs to be yet — he said Darby got "gassed" in his 14 plays.
And then there was the missed interception.
said. "He should have made that one. You don't get many of those opportunities so I would have loved to see him
make that play right in front of their bench. That would have been nice."
before the game,womens Quincy Wilson Jersey, Darby had a damn good debut. Undlin knows that and he can already see how talented his new
We know Darby will definitely be a starter and based on the first preseason game and practices, it looks like
But during this training camp in Buffalo, the Bills worked him on the right side and the Eagles will use him on
That leaves the possibility that he might travel to line up against other teams' best receivers in 2017.
"That'll come down the road when we play somebody where we feel like we have to do that," Undlin said. "Right
now, we're not ready to make that decision. Too early for that."
Undlin is still learning about his new top cornerback. We're not even two weeks removed from the trade.