PFF: Ronald Darby is NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year

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Pro Football Focus has been kind to plenty of Buffalo Bills’ over the past couple seasons. From Tyrod Taylor’s recent top-ten quarterback ranking to Richie Incognito’s stellar grades, the website that publishes some of American football’s most thorough analysis still has more accolades coming.

Rookie cornerback and second-round pick Ronald Darby was just named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year by contributor Gordon McGuinness. Here’s what he had to say about one half of the two-dreaded monster:

“In all honesty, we didn’t see a better performance by a rookie all year, though. Darby stepped right in and started from day one, instantly becoming Buffalo’s best cover corner.”

“He allowed just four touchdowns all season, all of which came in a two-game span against the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. Darby allowed just 660 receiving yards throughout the year, he was tied for fifth amongst cornerbacks with 13 pass breakups, and finished the year with the ninth-highest coverage grade for corners.”


With Donnie Henderson, who seemingly did a solid job of coaching a banged-up unit in 2015, reportedly not returning to his post of defensive backs coach for next season, it will be interesting to see how Buffalo’s secondary responds. The recent addition of future Hall of Fame Safety Ed Reed to the Bills defensive coaching staff could be an interesting wrinkle in that development.