When your Houston Texans signed free agent cornerback Bradley Roby to a one-year deal and away from the Denver Broncos, the news was met with a cacophony of yawns, eye-rolls and fervent indifference. With all the other things going on in what’s been labeled as the worst offseason in Texans history, Roby might be thankful that he slid in under the radar.
That precedent has carried through to Week Four of the 2019 season. Roby’s clips aren’t splashed all over SportsCenter. He isn’t gracing the cover of GQ, or waving around diamonds and dollars in some Deion Sanders-esque photo-shoot.
No. Not Roby. He’s just busy doing his job, bringing his lunch pail to work, and being the best teammate he can be. Sounds like a Bill O’Brien guy if ever there was one.
He’s had a good year. He’s a patient player, he can play outside, he can play inside. Obviously, like you said, he’s been playing a little be more inside the last couple of weeks. He plays the game in a very calm way, he’s a smart player, he’s a good tackler. So, I think the more he gets comfortable with our scheme, and I think he’s getting more and more comfortable, I think the better he’ll play and he’s playing pretty well right now.
We talked to [Bradley Roby] at the beginning of the week and told him that we needed him to play inside for us and he was more than willing. He put in the extra time so he could be up on calls and responsibilities. He represented us well.
It’s more involvement, more communicating and understanding what side you’re on. It happens faster, reading run and pass. It’s difficult, definitely an undervalued position.
While the press and the majority of NFL fans aren’t paying Roby much attention, he’s ensuring opposing quarterbacks, receivers and offensive coordinators take notice of his efforts. With a significant combination of speed, burst, quickness and an eye for the ball, it’s only a matter of time before Roby’s drawing more and more attention from the media.
Bradley Roby against the Chargers— Tony Pisano (@NFL_TonyP) September 23, 2019
55 coverage snaps
38 yards allowed
Another dominant performance against elite competition for @BradRoby_1
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