Here’s a story about Ronald Darby that got shelved as most were focused on other things. Both he and Jim Schwartz had a nice homecoming in Buffalo.
With 53 men on an active roster, 29 men on the coaching staff, and 16 games on the regular-season schedule, there’s always something to talk about with the Philadelphia Eagles and the mighty NFL. Every game unfolds like a story, and every story is loaded with subplots. Here’s one that got pushed to the side while most were focused on former players who were chirping, games that had to be won, and a trade deadline that was approaching. Did anyone notice Jim Schwartz and Ronald Darby had successful homecomings in their return to Buffalo?
Darby was a former second-round selection by the Buffalo Bills in 2015. He spent two seasons there before being traded to ‘The Birds’ on August 11th of 2017 for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft choice.
He came in like a conquering hero, a man who was supposed to help stabilize the Eagles secondary (yes, this was an issue even then), and in his first-ever appearance in Eagles green (or, in that case, an all-white jersey), he picked off his former team to the adulation of the home-town fans at Lincoln Financial Field.
Injuries have forced us to ask what might have been and whether or not he’ll ever reach the potential that made the Bills use a second-round selection on him in the first place. You also have to ask if he can complete a full 16-game schedule, but for a guy who’s truly given all that he can give to his team when he’s physically able to do so, you have to acknowledge Darby and his defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who served as the Bills defensive coordinator in 2014, for going back to a place that helped them carve their nitch and winning.
That had to feel good for them, especially Darby, who broke up a pass on a fourth-down attempt late in the game. It definitely felt good for the fan base.