Doug Pederson on Ronald Darby, “Not only a good teammate but a good person”
In his press conference today, Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson had a chance to open up about yesterdays blockbuster trade.
Doug Pederson’s comments
After practice today Doug Pederson faced a bombardment of questions concerning Philadelphia’s newest cornerback. Right from the start, Pederson stated:
“We are getting a tremendous athlete… A two year starter [For the Bills]”
In regards to integrating Ronald Darby into the Eagles scheme, Pederson had this to say:
“We gotta take it day by day. Get him with Corey [Undlin] and Jim [Schwartz] and get him familiar with the scheme… We’ll give him a couple days and we’ll see where he’s at. But we’re gonna take it slow with him, don’t wanna put him out there where he doesn’t know anything, we want to make sure he’s comfortable.”
Pederson also mentioned regarding the timeline until we see Darby on the field that:
“With him playing two years and understanding the defense, it should be RELATIVELY fast. I think a couple of days.”
Pederson in no rush
One thing we all have learned this training camp is Doug Pederson is in no hurry to rush any player on the field. Whether it is due to injury or a learning curve, Pederson likes to air on the side of caution before sending guys out onto the field.
Don’t expect to see Darby next week against the Bills. Pederson will give him all the time he needs to learn the playbook and get acclimated to Philadelphia’s defense. It is likely Darby will be slowly supplemented into position drills with other members of the secondary. After a few days, he may be thrown into 11 vs. 11 drills against the 1st team offense to get his feet wet.
Ronald Darby will give a boost to a position group that the Philadelphia Eagles so desperately needed. There is no reason to rush him into anything during the preseason.
Here is what Eagles fans have to look forward too from Darby.