Still D.R.C.: The Best is Yet to Come for Philadelphia Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

By Joe Doris
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The overwhelming talent of CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC) has been eerily apparent ever since he was drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Rodgers-Cromartie’s unique skill set was so attractive to NFL teams that he was snatched up with the 16th overall pick, even though he attended Tennessee State University, an FCS (previously 1-AA) football program.

Well, it’s safe to say that the Philadelphia Eagles knew exactly what they were doing when the squad shipped QB Kevin Kolb off to the Cardinals in exchange for Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick. At this point, the Eagles look like geniuses considering Kolb has done nothing but perform terribly and sustain injury during his limited time in the desert.

While Rodgers-Cromartie has defended receivers relatively well during his two seasons in Philly, his play has certainly diminished along with the entire Eagles’ defensive unit.

During his first three NFL seasons with the Cardinals, Rodgers-Cromartie tallied a total of 13 interceptions, while returning four of them for touchdowns. Ever since his glory days at TSU, the elite coverage specialist has shown just how dangerous he can also be once he has the ball in his hands.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, while DRC did pick off three passes this year, he was not able to hang onto a single interception during his first season with the team. Rodgers-Cromartie has also failed to make any end-zone trips while sporting an Eagles’ uniform.

In my eyes, there is no reason to fret at all about DRC’s sudden drop in production because the youngster just had to get used to a new defensive system with the Eagles. And now that the Eagles’ former scrub of a defensive coordinator Juan Castillo is out the door, Rodgers-Cromartie should be able to get back to his old ways.

I also think that once the Eagles start winning football games again, Rodgers-Cromartie will start playing at a truly elite level. It can be difficult for young players to live up to their potential while on a downtrodden unit.

But with his previous triumphs as an indicator, I look for DRC to reemerge as an outstanding cornerback en route to a Hall of Fame caliber career.


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