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Darby tops Kiper’s All-Rookie Top 25

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2015 – 2:24 pm

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has a Top 25 NFL rookie big board and Buffalo’s top pick from the 2015 draft is at the top of the list.

Second-round pick Ronald Darby sits at the top of Kiper’s list. Here’s what he wrote.

1 – Ronald Darby, CB, Buffalo Bills

He actually got beat for touchdowns a couple times on Sunday, but one of those times was over the middle on a TD throw to Travis Kelce where even the best cornerback in the league might be toast. The point isn’t that he’s sliding, it’s that when he gets beat at all, you’re actually surprised. He’s been that good, and deserves this spot.


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Darby gets Def. POW nod from MMQB

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 10:08 am

In Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback Column a Bills cornerback is one of the two winners for Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10 action.

Rookie CB Ronald Darby was named one of King’s defensive players of the week. Here’s what he wrote on Buffalo’s second-round pick.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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 also referenced Darby in his ’10 Things I Think’ as he clearly came away impressed after watching Darby, and Stephon Gilmore for that matter, capably defend the Jets big wideouts last Thursday night. Here was his synopsis.

8. I think Ronald Darby is one of the most pro-ready defensive players I’ve seen come into the NFL in years. He’s physical, he’s a clinging defender, and he’s really competitive. What a great pick by Buffalo GM Doug Whaley, nabbing Darby with the 50th pick last spring. How were seven corners picked before Darby?


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Darby earns NFL.com rookie Pro Bowl nod

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2015 – 6:03 pm

NFL.com senior correspondent Gil Brandt put together his list of NFL rookies who he thinks have the best shot at making the Pro Bowl. One of Buffalo’s rookies ranked pretty high.

Brandt had Bills CB Ronald Darby ranked third on his rookie Pro Bowl list with only Oakland’s Amari Cooper and St. Louis’ Todd Gurley ranked higher. Here’s what Brandt had on why he had Darby ranked third in the top 10.

3) Ronald Darby, CB, Buffalo Bills

The second-round pick has 15 pass breakups and has been burned on just 48.4 percent of the balls thrown his way — anything under 50 percent is very good. He’s also chipped in two picks and 44 tackles. He’s physical, can play press coverage, makes flash plays and has good speed. Right now, he’s playing as well as any corner in the league.

Darby is one of just four non-first round picks to make the list.


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Darby a nominee for ESPN Midseason ROY

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2015 – 12:00 pm

Ronald Darby is among the league leaders in pass breakups this season. He’s been a solid contributor as a rookie starter on Buffalo’s defense. His consistent play is why he’s a nominee for ESPN’s NFL Live Midseason award special this afternoon.

Set to air at 3:30 pm ET, Darby is among the nominees for Midseason Defensive Rookie of the Year on the network’s NFL Live program. Here are the nominees in his category.

Who is the midseason Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Leonard Williams, New York Jets
Eric Kendricks, Minnesota Vikings
Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs
Ronald Darby, Buffalo Bills

 


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Dareus & Darby earn top player nod from PFF

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2015 – 2:40 pm

Each week the stat crunchers and film reviewers at Pro Football Focus list the top performers at each position on offense and defense for that particular week. In Week two Bills defenders earned such recognition.

Marcell Dareus earned the top performance of the week at nose tackle, while Ronald Darby nailed down one of the top spots on the corner. Here was PFF’s assessment of their performances.

Defensive interior – nose: Marcell Dareus, Bills (+4.4)

Not the biggest week for those lined up opposite the center, but Dareus was one Bills’ defender to emerge with credit. He created a sack with his penetration, and was his usual disruptive self against the run.

Cornerbacks: Janoris Jenkins, Rams (+3.1) and Ronald Darby, Bills (+3.1)

Darby is going to keep his stranglehold on our race for Rookie of the Year with another excellent effort that saw him break up three passes. Over in St. Louis, Jenkins edged out LaMarcus Joyner, allowing just three receptions and deflecting two of his own.


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Strong CB play will give Bills ‘D’ options

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2015 – 11:08 am

As we covered on Buffalobills.com this week both Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore have been at the top of their game the last few games making them one of the best cover tandems so far in 2015. Bills head coach Rex Ryan admits that their lock-tight coverage outside gives he and defensive coordinator more options with play calls defensively.

In his weekly appearance on Coffee with the Coach presented by Tim Hortons, Ryan explained some of the things their coverage ability provides.

“It really helps. Obviously you can do so much more man coverage,” he said. “Usually you isolate those guys and maybe double the inside guys. So there’s a lot of different things that it allows you to do. It’s not easy to find corners who can play that well. But those two have been exceptional.”


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Great CB play by Darby & Gilmore lost in defeat

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2015 – 8:25 am

There are a lot of things that are often forgotten in a loss. Unfortunately on Sunday the cornerback play of Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore against a strong receiver tandem of Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle went for naught.

Gilmore and Darby were largely responsible for holding the Bayou Brothers to a combined eight catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. The two Giants receivers were targeted 18 times in the game by Eli Manning.

Darby and Gilmore were first and second in pass breakups with three and two respectively to lead the team. Gilmore also had his first interception of the season in the fourth quarter.

“I had to be aggressive and they were dinking and dunking us so I said, I have to be aggressive and jump some routes and try to get the ball back to our offense,” said Gilmore of his INT intended for Randle.

Beckham had just five catches for 38 yards. It was Beckham’s lowest output since his third career game almost a year ago against Dallas.


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Fan Friday 10-2

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2015 – 11:23 am

The Bills look to stack two wins in a row Sunday against the Giants. Here’s your latest edition of questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

With guys like (Alshon) Jeffery and (Victor) Cruz missing multiple games with calf injuries, is there any concern Watkins might also?

Josh_McCarty28

CB: First, I’m not a doctor, but I have learned through our athletic training staff that not every calf injury is the same, and every player heals differently. Some heal faster than others, some have a higher pain tolerance than others. All that being said a calf injury is a critical problem for a wide receiver. They need it to drive off the line, accelerate, cut, etc.

Cruz’s calf injury from most reports is from overcompensating coming off a knee injury that kept him out most of last year and required surgery. I don’t know that Watkins’ injury is related in any way to overcompensating for his hip that required surgery in the offseason. I think we just all hope that Watkins is back in the lineup sooner rather than later.

 

2 – Chris,

First off, I’d like to give a shout out to Buffalo Bros. on University Ave in Fort Worth, TX.  It’s great to watch Bills games on Sundays surrounded by other Buffalo fans.

Here’s my question: With LeSean McCoy unlikely to suit up against the NY Giants this week, is it likely that Buffalo considers resigning Bryce Brown?  I believe that we have an available roster spot after the Cassel trade.  He would be a good compliment to Karlos Williams, whereas Boobie Dixon seems like he’s more of a goal line back and special teams contributor.

-Brendan in Fort Worth, TX

CB: The roster spot was actually filled by promoting Jonathan Meeks from the practice squad last week, not that it would keep them from making another move to address their running back position should LeSean McCoy be unable to play Sunday.

The most logical move however, would be calling Cierre Wood up from the practice squad. He’s been with the team since the last half of training camp and showed some flashes in the preseason. Wood has more of a shifty skill set and good hands for catching out of the backfield.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will this be the week that the #ColdFront starts racking up some sacks?

PatrickMac69

CB: The pass rush always has an edge when playing at home knowing the opposing offense has the added challenge of crowd noise. Manning however, has not been sacked much so far this season, just three times in three games. Ben McAdoo’s offense is designed to get the ball out fast to protect Manning.

A heavy dose of press coverage could aid in forcing Manning to pump and double clutch the ball to buy the pass rush an extra half second to get home. Some exotic looks could also cross up Manning’s diagnosis of the defensive coverage and delay his delivery of the ball.

 

4 – Chris,

In the long run, the Bills afford to play Thigpen. I believe they are other returners the Bills have on the roster. The Bills have specialists already in Gay/Sanborn who play minimal. Thigpen has yet to take an offesnive snap. I’d rather see Goodwin active than Thigpen. I would exepct Goodwin to get looks on offense and can return kicks.

Josh P.

CB: Once Marquise Goodwin is healthy I do anticipate he’ll be active. He’s still recovering from a rib injury. Goodwin however, is a kick returner, while Thipen is primarily a punt returner. The kick return job is Percy Harvin’s as of right now. I do believe if Sammy Watkins is unable to play that Goodwin would fill his spot among the receiving corps provided he himself is healthy enough to play.

As for Thigpen I think he was fortunate to make the roster as the team’s seventh WR. I believe the main reason he did is because primary punt returner Leodis McKelvin is on Reserve/NFI until Week 7 when he would be able to practice again if medically cleared. When McKelvin returns there will need to be a roster move.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Who would you have cover Odell B, Darby or Gilmore? Or should they stay on separate sides of the field?

4evrbills

CB: I think Darby has shown well for the most part this season. To this point the Bills have played most passing attacks straight up leaving Gilmore and Darby on their respective sides. Beckham is a unique talent. If the defensive staff decides to have one cornerback follow him the whole game Gilmore is your guy. Beckham’s hands are so strong that you want a corner that can be physical with him not only on routes, but through to the attempt to catch. Darby can do that too, but Gilmore would be the better play if they decide to go that way.


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Darby keeping a level head

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2015 – 2:03 pm

It’s been a pretty good start to his rookie season. So good that CB Ronald Darby earned NFL Rookie of the Month honors Thursday.

“It’s a blessing,” said Darby of the award recognition. “Each day I just come out and I work. I’ve got great receivers I can work against every day. I learn something new every day from the veterans and the coaches. So I come out every day ready to compete.”

Darby said the vets in the DB room have been good about keeping him focused, but they haven’t had to do much to keep him from getting a big head.

“It’s still early. It’s only three games, but they’re keeping me level-headed,” Darby said. “But I’m real humble to begin with.”


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Fan Friday 9-18

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2015 – 11:26 am

The Bills are 1-0 with a pretty important early season matchup with the Patriots up next. Be loud Bills fans! Here is this week’s edition of your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hey Chris thanks for all the hard work you put in!

Are the Bills keeping three QB’s because of the chance a running QB (Taylor) is likely to be injured?

Danny in Scottsdale, AZ

CB: I think the Bills intended to keep three quarterbacks from the very beginning. The performance of all three in the preseason I believe cemented their spots on the 53-man squad. Cassel’s value is in his experience and Manuel’s play in the preseason convinced the offensive staff that he’s on the right track with his progress as a young signal caller. Taylor obviously won the job.

 

2 – How will the contract extension for Marcell play into our ability to re-sign some of the other Bills on contract years? Including the usage of a franchise tag do you see the Bills being able to retain Glenn, Bradham, and Gilmore as a big three? Do you think that leaves enough for McKelvin( is he on a final year?) and Harvin?

Thanks!

-Michael

CB: The Bills bought themselves some time with Stephon Gilmore by picking up his fifth-year option, so he’s not up until after the 2016 season. Nigel Bradham and Cordy Glenn are the other big names that are coming due after the 2015 campaign.

The good thing that the Bills did was spread out Dareus’ guaranteed money over the first two years with singing and option bonuses in addition to his guaranteed base salary. The deal is relatively cap friendly until the last two years when his base salary balloons to more than $12M.

Bradham and Glenn are the two that figure to be addressed. The linebacker would be much easier to sign than the left tackle, knowing the market rate for left tackles is far higher than at LB. Knowing how thin the Bills are depth-wise at both positions it’s going to be interesting to see how the decision making plays out with those two players.

The good news is the salary cap continues to go up and up and up, and with the revenues projected where they are for NFL clubs this year the cap is expected to take another sizable jump this offseason. That makes re-signing players like Bradham, Gilmore and Glenn more realistic.

Leodis McKelvin signed a four-year extension that runs through 2016.

3 – Hey Chris,
With the extension of Dareus, Could you give bills fans an update on how long we will have our d line for?
Thanks!!!

Danny in Scottsdale

CB: The contracts of Kyle and Mario Williams are the ones set to expire first following the 2017 season. Jerry Hughes’ deal runs out in 2020 and Dareus is after the 2021 season. Now we all know circumstances crop up at other positions that can necessitate some difficult decisions at defensive line, so to assume that the line will be together for another four seasons might be foolhardy. I do think it’s safe to say we’ll see the group together through at least 2016.

 

4 – Hello Chris,

As always, thank you for providing the fans this opportunity. With our limited exposure to Ronald Darby, we don’t really get to see his progression. I understand the need for him to struggle and that the preseason is a good place to throw him to the wolves. I am curious how much he has progressed since he came in? Does he learn quickly from his mistakes? Any information would be helpful.

Thank you!

Cory

CB: I will let defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, a former NFL cornerback himself, handle this one. Here’s what he said this week about Darby’s progress.

“He continues to work on his craft, he’s a very talented young man. We believe the sky is the limit for him, we expect him to play well,” said Thurman. “If he’s out there we’re expecting him to play well. We don’t look for him to play like a rookie. We know at times that he may get himself in trouble but if he’s focused on what his assignments are we feel like he’s talented enough to get the job done.”
5 – Chris,

Why do the Bills make comments about the Pats? All that does is fuel the fire. Every time they talk smack they get beat down.

Sam

CB: I think we all know that Rex Ryan has a track record of not being afraid to say what he believes. Coach-speak doesn’t really exist for Ryan and that filters down to his players, who he encourages to speak their mind and say what they believe. I don’t think there has been anything this week other than players speaking confidently and believing that they can beat New England. That’s a healthy and necessary mindset to have going into a game against an opponent of this caliber.


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Vote for Darby for Rookie of the Week

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2015 – 1:13 pm

Bills fans it’s time to get out the vote! Buffalo CB Ronald Darby is up for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors and he’s got some tough competition this week.

Darby, who had six tackles, an interception and a couple of pass breakups in the win over the Colts, is one of four nominees for Rookie of the Week honors. He’s going up against Kansas City CB Marcus Peters, San Diego LB Kyle Emanuel, Detroit RB Ameer Abdullah and Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota, who threw four TDs and had a perfect passer rating last  week.

Fans can vote for one of these five players on www.nfl.com/rookies through Friday at 3 pm to determine the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. The winner will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.


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Darby has right mindset for 1st start

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2015 – 9:10 am

Bills rookie CB Ronald Darby may have had a few ups and downs in the preseason, but he’s got the right mindset facing the number one passing offense in the NFL from 2014 today.

Darby is fully aware that he’ll be tested early and often as a rookie, but he sees that as an opportunity.

“It gives me a lot more chances to make plays and make a name for myself,” said Darby. “Each play I feel like the ball is going to come my way and even when I don’t think it’s coming my way I feel like it is so you got to play like that as a corner. I’ve been studying film, technique, being in the right positions, like things like that. It’s helped me a lot.”

Darby has also looked for advice from Stephon Gilmore, who once was a rookie starter at cornerback himself.

“I keep telling him to keep playing and to stay positive,” said Gilmore. “They may catch the ball here or there. Just keep playing and if they do catch something just put it behind you and make the next play.”


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Fan Friday 9-11

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2015 – 2:06 pm

As excited as we are for real football on Sunday, we do need to pause to think about the nearly 3,000 Americans who perished in the 9-11 attacks. Never forget. Here is this week’s edition of your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – What is the process with keeping someone on the Practice Squad….can another team sign anyone from a Practice Squad? Are there any ways to protect someone on the Practice Squad?

Joe Roberts
Orlando, FL
CB: Practice squads consist of a maximum of 10 players typically who have accrued two or fewer NFL seasons as a pro. Each team is allowed a couple of exceptions in which a third-year player can be on the practice squad. To answer your question yes, any team in the league can sign a player off another team’s practice squad. Essentially you should think of them as a free agent with a job in the league.

 

2 – Chris,

I’m excited for the Bills 2015 season.  I really want to see what Greg Roman does with Buffalo’s offense.  Bills are deep at WR position.  I disagree with some of the posts I’ve read on depth chart.

Sammy is the #1 WR, in my opinion Robert Woods  is clearly #2 ahead of Harvin.  Woods was a great draft pick – Robert Woods consistently gets open on routes and has great hands!  Plus I think he is much more durable than Harvin.  Keep Percy Harvin in the slot as the #3 and kick returns.

What are your thoughts at WR, how many do the Bills keep and how do you see the depth chart.

Randy C,

from Buffalo, currently in D.C.

CB: What is interesting on Buffalo’s depth chart is Percy Harvin and Robert Woods are listed as co-starters opposite Sammy Watkins. So as the coaching staff sees it they’re 2A and 2B on their depth chart. Then it’s Chris Hogan and Marquise Goodwin followed by special teamers Marcus Easley and Marcus Thigpen.

Keeping seven did surprise me. I thought six was a more realistic number. I think the team saw Thigpen as worthy of a roster spot because with Leodis McKelvin to miss the first six weeks of the season they didn’t have a proven punt returner. So Thigpen will handle those duties.

I agree with your thoughts on Woods. I believe with all the attention that’s going to be on Watkins and Harvin and even Charles Clay, Woods will have a lot of favorable matchups this season and make a lot of plays.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do u think Gilmore will cover Johnson this weekend since it seems that Darby has more trouble w/ taller receivers?

Snowbird_Killer

CB: The Bills have a ton of respect for Andre Johnson, but I don’t think he’s as big a deep threat concern as he used to be. T.Y. Hilton is the more dangerous receiver, but he’s not going to physically overmatch Ronald Darby. I think Rex Ryan was truthful when he said he would mix it up against Andrew Luck and the Colts offense.

So I don’t anticipate there being a lot of Gilmore following Johnson or Hilton for the whole game. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were certain areas of the field where they put Gilmore on Johnson to match up better physically like the red zone, but beyond that I think the chances are greater they play the receivers straight up and the Bills roll more safety help to Darby’s side.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills are we wearing retro jerseys on Sunday to go with the helmets?#RockTheRalph

joshgel25

CB: Yes, there will be a full retro uniform to go with the throwback helmets. Here’s a look.

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@ChrisBrownBills

How does the HB depth chart looks like? And what is expected out of Karlos Williams? Can he be better than what Fred was?

killerbeekevin

CB: The way the depth chart is listed at running backs is McCoy, Dixon, Karlos, Brown. Personally I think Karlos Williams is going to get just as much time in the offensive backfield as Dixon, if not a bit more. Maybe not right away this season, but sooner rather than later. His running style is aggressive and downhill and he’s got more straight line speed than Dixon.

Blitz pickup will be where I will be looking most carefully to see who can handle that role that Fred filled so well on third downs. It very well could be McCoy, who is pretty good at it in his own right, but that’s something that will bear watching.


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Rex on Darby: We threw him to the wolves

Posted by Chris Brown on August 15, 2015 – 8:20 am

The Carolina Panthers targeted him early and often in Friday’s preseason game. Welcome to the NFL Ronald Darby. The Bills top pick, who has been playing some quality football in training camp was matched up a good deal of the night with the likes of 6-5, 245-pound WR Kelvin Benjamin and 6-4, 225-pound Devin Funchess. It was a difficult welcome to the NFL and his head coach knew it.

At the same time Rex Ryan and his defensive staff put Darby on an island an awful lot in an effort to get him accustomed to playing the big-bodied receivers.

“What we did was we fed him to the wolves,” said Ryan. “We flat played… if anything we put coverage away from him. So we put him out there by himself and let him learn. That’s why (Darby) played into the third quarter. We’ve got to get him ready.”

With the real prospect of not having Leodis McKelvin ready for the season opener and the league’s best passing attack from 2014 coming to town in the form of the Colts, Ryan and his defensive staff know they have to expose Darby to as much adversity as possible knowing he’s likely to get picked on and tested early in his career.

“You know it’s going to happen,” said Ryan. “I was hoping he’d respond. He had decent coverage, some of these guys, when you’re going against a big receiver, a lot of times you don’t put him in those situations, but tonight we did.”He never played as well as I was hoping. I think he’ll learn from it.”

 


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Bills rooks anxious, but not nervous

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2015 – 10:58 am

Buffalo’s top three rookies have all made an impact at Bills training camp. Top pick Ronald Darby and Karlos Williams have taken advantage of opportunities created due to injury, while John Miller has stepped right into a starting role showing no signs of being a rookie. That exposure to playing time against Buffalo’s starting offense and defense in camp has helped to calm any nerves any of these three rookies might have heading into their first preseason game Friday against Carolina.

“Starting off, I was a little nervous and things like that but coming out here each day and going against the receivers we have and the speed they have, I’m not as nervous at all,” said Darby.

“I’m feeling anxious, man, just to get out there,” said Miller. “My first preseason game, go out there and compete against somebody different, really see where I’m at and kind of gauge myself because I hold myself to higher expectations so it’d be good to get some, go against some other guys and get to hit on them a little bit.”

“The more reps a back can get, especially a young back the better feel you have for the game,” Williams said. “Especially with the backs I’m with here with Shady and Boobie and Bryce and Fred. The experience in the backfield, the locker room and the meeting room is definitely going to help, but the more reps I get against live action the better it’s going to be.”

 

 

 


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McKelvin status not a concern yet

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2015 – 9:37 am

Leodis McKelvin remains on the Active/Non-Football Injury list as the team closes in on completing their first week of training camp. Bills GM Doug Whaley in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 provided an update on McKelvin’s status.

“From what we’re seeing it’s hard to tell right now because it’s one of those things where we have to take it day by day,” said Whaley. “For us we’re not worried because we know what Leodis can do and it gives us an added opportunity to see Ronald Darby against the ones. We’re glad it happened early in camp so he can go against the ones throughout camp, rather than having him go against the twos throughout camp and then Week 1 he has to start. So the silver lining is in when (McKelvin’s injury) happened.”

Whaley did not provide a timetable for McKelvin’s return saying it’s too premature.


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Darby has tutors in Bills vets

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2015 – 4:19 pm

The team concept has been preached from the get-go by Rex Ryan’s coaching staff and the veterans on Buffalo’s roster are holding fast to it. Evidence of it is found in the willingness of veteran players to help the rookies get up to speed on the offensive or defensive scheme depending which side of the ball they’re on.

Bills top pick Ronald Darby has been one of the beneficiaries. When he’s had a question about how to play a call a certain way some of the veteran defensive backs have given him some of the best answers.

“The coaches also help,” Darby told Buffalobills.com. “But all of the vets are great. (Corey) Graham helped me a lot. (Nickell) Robey, (Stephon) Gilmore, (Baccari) Rambo, a lot of them. All of them really, Ron Brooks. Any question I have I can go to any one of them and they’ll give me the right answer.”

The influence of the vets has helped to shorten Darby’s learning curve giving him a better chance of contributing this season as a rookie.


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Darby meets his match-at One Bills Drive

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 2, 2015 – 2:15 pm

Bills first draft pick Ronald Darby spent some time Saturday at One Bills Drive, fulfilling media obligations, meeting his coaching staff, and taking a look around the complex.

After visiting the locker room in the Ad Pro Sports Fieldhouse, Darby took a look inside the field house itself, and saw Bills WR Marquise Goodwin working out on his own.

Goodwin stopped his workout to come over and shake hands with Buffalo’s 2nd round draft pick and talk about their shared sports–football, and track.

Darby was an elite track performer in high school and was part of the USA medley relay gold medal winning team at the World Youth Championships four years ago. Goodwin, of course, was a two-time NCAA Long Jump Champion and finished 10th in the long jump at the Olympics in London.

“He’s a player I truly respect for his speed and being the player he is,” Darby said of Goodwin, after the two talked in the field house. ” When I get here I’m going to train with him when it comes to speed things. He can teach me a lot, help me get faster.”

It’s hard to imagine Darby getting much faster. He was clocked at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

“There’s always things you can do, more flexibility, the stuff he(Goodwin)  was doing, bounding, help with the jumping, help with the stride length, the frequencies, there’s a lot of things you can do,” Darby said.

What about the prospect of a race, a 100-yard dash competition between Darby and Goodwin?

“I don’t duck any races.  But I think he’ll get me.  That’s an Olympian. I know my place.”


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#28 is special for Ronald Darby

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 2, 2015 – 1:42 pm


Bills 2nd round draft pick Ronald Darby was whisked into Buffalo this morning to meet the coaching staff, talk to  the media, and get a look at his new surroundings.

He also got a chance to look over his new Bills jersey–with the number 28.

It’s a number that means a lot to Darby. He grew up on the outskirts of Washington in Oxon Hill, Maryland, and he grew up a Redskins fan. His favorite player growing up? Redskins Hall of Famer CB Darrell Green.

Green played 20-seasons for Washington, from 1983 to 2002.  He was 11-years into his career when Darby was born. But Ronald Darby remembers Green from his earliest days as a pro football fan.

’”I’m not too young,” Darby said today at One Bills Drive. “You always know greatness.  I was a Redskin fan growing up.  Just to get 28, it must be a calling with me looking up at Darrell Green.  And I usually don’t wear even numbers, but I was like I’m going to take a shot with number 28.”

Darby and Green share more than just the same jersey number.  They were both track stars growing up, and Green was long regarded as the fastest man in the NFL during his career.

Darby identifies with that, and with the 20-year career Green built in the league.

“He could run,” Darby says, “and he could run for a long, long time, too.”


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Darby has blazing speed

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 10:05 pm

At the combine, Bills 2nd round draft pick Ronald Darby was clocked at 4.38 in the forty yard dash.  But according to him, that’s nothing.

Moments after being selected by the Bills, Darby was a guest on The John Murphy Show Friday night. He says the 4.38 clocking in Indy was good enough for him and he chose not to run at his pro day in Tallahassee.

Darby was part of the gold-medal winning USA medley relay team at the 2011 World Youth Championship track meet in France four years ago, while he was still in high school.

“I was all world in track in high school,” he told host John Murphy. “My time was  4.31, unofficial 4.32. So I chose not to run the 40-at my pro day.”

Darby was asked what he brings to the Bills at the cornerback spot.

“Just my coverage skills and of course my speed,” he said. “You gotta be blessed with that, and then you can really play.  That’s what I bring. I go out there and cover, go out there and make sure my receiver doesn’t catch any balls and make plays.”

 


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