Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby is certainly making his case to be a starter going forward. When it comes to incompletion percentages when thrown at, he’s been the second-best cornerback in the entire NFL this season.
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— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 12, 2017
That’s certainly impressive, especially ranking higher than Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman blew out his right Achilles and hasn’t played since early November, but he was at the top of his game when healthy. With even more games in the books, Roby has still surpassed him.
Rob has been impressive despite the Broncos’ defense having a down year. This once highly-respected defense has really fallen off in 2017, and the offense has been non-existent. While some of that changed against the New York Jets on Sunday with a shutout win, it takes more than one win against the Jets to erase the memory of that eight-game losing streak.
Even as the team has struggled, though, Roby has kept up his own high level of play.
Since there was a fifth-year option on his contract, the Broncos have him locked down through 2018. After that, though, they’re going to have to decide if it’s time to give the former first-round pick a big contract and finally let him start, or if they’re going to let him chase that big deal in free agency.
If they give him a new contract, that could spell the end for Aqib Talib in Denver. Talib will turn 32 in February and will be nearly 33 after the 2018 season.