Why acquiring Ronald Darby made sense:
As for acquiring cornerback Ronald Darby, it was very clear the Eagles needed help in the secondary. The Eagles haven’t had two reliable corners since the days of Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown. Darby is only coming into his third season and has two more years left on his current contract.
Here’s what Geary had to say:
"What the Eagles can expect from Ronald Darby is an undersized corner who’s physical at the line of scrimmage but has never really been a ball hawk. Year one, he overachieved and had a natural regression in year two. I think you can expect a player somewhere in the middle of his rookie and sophomore season. He’s most comfortable playing in man-to-man situations, which I think is why he was expendable in McDermott’s zone heavy scheme."
Geary points to ball skills as an area for imporvment for Darby in order to survive in a loaded NFC East when it comes to wide receiver talent.
"My biggest issues with him has been his ball skills. If he can overcome some of those shortcomings he can be a good (second option at cornerback) in this league. He’s going up against some seriously good wide receivers in the NFC East so he’ll be tested often."