Jim Schwartz: It’s exciting to have Ronald Darby

AP

Earlier this month, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said he was looking for cornerbacks “who can survive the slings and arrows of training camp” when discussing a position that many thought was a weak spot for the team heading into the 2017 season.

The team saw their initial group face slings and arrows for a couple of weeks before deciding to trade wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick to the Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby on Friday. Schwartz said Sunday that the team is working to get Darby up to speed with their system before figuring out exactly how he fits, but left little doubt that he thinks the third-year player is a boost to the secondary.

“I definitely agree with that. I think it does elevate the level of competition,” Schwartz said in comments distributed by the team. “I think that obviously it adds talent to the defense. But how it all works out, it’s going to be our job over the next three weeks. Just like today, it’s not a finished product. Obviously, it’s his first day, but he’s got some catching up to do in our scheme. But it’s exciting to have him.”

Darby started 29 games in his first two years and it will be a great surprise if he’s healthy but not making No. 30 when the Eagles travel to Washington in Week One.

7 responses to “Jim Schwartz: It’s exciting to have Ronald Darby

  1. I’m hoping he’s worth the trade.

    I’ve advocated trading Jordan Matthews for a long time but was Darby worth Matthews + a 3rd?… that’s MY question. That is asked not to slight Darby but I see it as a gauge of how truly desperate the Eagles are in the Secondary.

  2. @ cobrala2 says:

    I’m hoping he’s worth the trade. I’ve advocated trading Jordan Matthews for a long time but was Darby worth Matthews + a 3rd?… that’s MY question. That is asked not to slight Darby but I see it as a gauge of how truly desperate the Eagles are in the Secondary.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Every trade has risks. Who knows…maybe they asked for a 2nd round pick. Matthews is in the final year of his deal while Darby not only has 2 years remaining on his but he’s played pretty well. What’s the alternative…draft another corner next year? Remember, John Ross should be back too. Eagles have other pieces to trade to get back that #3. I think it’s a gamble worth taking. I agree with you that I hope it works. I can say I was there when Matthews caught the OT winning pass in Dallas. I seated in the Cowboys family section too!

  3. cobrala2 ,

    If he performs as he did his first 2 years in Buffalo, yes. You always take young proven talent over crap shoot picks any day unless it’s a first rounder. You might find a Pro Bowler in those rounds, but more than likely you won’t. It would have been different if he was older or at the end of his contract, but none of this was true.

  4. Darby is a great young player and he should do well for the Eagles. Bottom line is that the entire Defense regressed under Rex after being a top 5 unit under Schwartz. Peters won DROY but Darby actually had the better all around year. Peters just got lucky with some easy and fluke picks to give him the boost in flashy stats but if you dig into the stats it was Darby who had the better overall year. I’m sure he’ll bounce back and do well with the Eagles.

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