4 Denver Broncos players who are unsung heroes in 2022

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Denver Broncos, Ronald Darby
Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Ronald Darby (21) breaks up a pass intended for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) during the second half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Who could be another unsung hero for the Denver Broncos defense?

Ronald Darby signed a three-year deal worth $30 million during the 2021 offseason.

Looking for a veteran corner who would keep the Denver Broncos away from the nightmare that was the ending of the 2020 season, Darby answered the call.

While Ronald Darby has failed to intercept a pass since 2019 with the Philadelphia Eagles, he has still had busy hands. Dating back to his rookie season in 2015, Darby has had 87 pass breakups in 84 games.

Darby did miss five games last season and that has been a concern, but when on the field, Ronald Darby is an excellent cornerback. Being in the same secondary as Patrick Surtain II and Justin Simmons, Darby does get overlooked at times. His lack of interceptions also plays into that.

One thing that does get overlooked with Ronald Darby is his speed. He is able to match up with faster receivers which complements well with what the AFCWest offers. His style of play fits well in a zone scheme too.

Playing in a zone scheme allows your defenders to play with a bit more space and gives them the ability to keep things in front of them. Darby does well with his breaks on the football and getting his hands involved at the catch point.

That isn’t to say he can’t press, because he certainly can. He has the speed to even recover if he slips or takes a misstep.

If needed, Ronald Darby could be a team’s CB1. Patrick Surtain II is clearly cemented in that role, but having someone on the opposite side who can be just as good gives Ejiro Evero plenty of flexibility with his secondary.