It’s already been established that newly-acquired cornerback Ronald Darby has increased the competition in the Eagles secondary. He’s also challenged Philadelphia’s receivers in practice.
Now, with the start of joint practices with the Dolphins, Darby is proving to be stiff competition for Miami’s receivers as well.
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Dolphins wideout Jarvis Landry has faced Darby multiple times in the past. He had plenty of praise for Darby after joint practices on Monday.
“That’s a guy we saw twice a year, him being in Buffalo,” Landry said of Darby. “He’s definitely a scrappy corner that makes plays. I think he had an interception there at the end. So he’s a great corner.”
Darby has good technique, though it’s difficult for any cornerback to keep up with the smooth route running of Landry. As the saying goes, iron sharpens iron. Both players likely benefited from the practice battle on Monday.
“It’s always good to finally get some different competition. Different competition and all the things you kind of work on against your defense.” Landry said of the joint practices with Philadelphia. “Speaking from an offensive perspective, all the things you work on, they kind of figure it out after about the fourth or fifth day; so it is good to run some of the things that we’re going to try to work on this season out here against these guys.”
Though the cornerback position once seemed like an impassable obstacle for the Eagles on the road to the playoffs, the trade for Darby has made the situation much more manageable for Philadelphia.
Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz can dial-up more creative play calls with a legitimate No. 1 cornerback. Younger corners, like Rasul Douglas, will no longer be directly thrown into the fire.
All Eagles cornerbacks have benefited from the increased competition Darby has brought to the team. Philadelphia’s wideouts have been inspired to step it up against a corner of Darby’s level. Even opposing receivers, like Landry, appreciate the opportunity to work on their game against a skilled corner like Darby.
Source: The Eagles Wire | David Hennessy | 8/22/17