When the Denver Broncos added Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie earlier this year some considered it a risky move. The former first-round pick (2009) for the Arizona Cardinals had not looked the same during his two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Early on this offseason it was clear something had changed with Rodgers-Cromartie. I thought he was a standout player during minicamp and anxiously waited to see if he could carry that momentum over to training camp.
During the rigors of camp, DRC was a standout player most every day. He was going up against Demaryius Thomas most days, and it was one of the most fun battles to watch. Thomas is one of the best wide receivers in the game today, but DRC was able to hang with him and fight for incoming passes.
Now, entering the fourth week of the season it’s plain to see that Rodgers-Cromartie has his groove back.
|Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (52) celebrate after forcing a turnover on downs during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High Monday. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)|
Confidence is a big point of contention for football players. It seems odd given that most football players are incredibly cocky and arrogant. That’s not the case with every player. Rodgers-Cromartie is playing with much better confidence than he did with the Eagles, and that’s paying off on the football field.
Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has certainly taken notice. On Thursday he commented on the veteran cornerback.
“I would just say we’re happy that we have him. I think he’s a really good football player. Like all of us, we can continue to improve, as he can. As we go through the season we want to play better football week-to-week and play our best football at the end of the year. So we’re working towards that,” Del Rio said.
“I think he’s super talented; he’s got great feet and great length. He’s been a really good teammate and a good member of the Denver Broncos.”
Broncos fans are happy to have Rodgers-Cromartie as well. With Champ Bailey missing time due to a foot injury, we’ve seen DRC step in and not miss a beat.