When he visited Denver as a free agent, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was struck by the Broncos’ honesty.
“The one thing that stood out when talking to everybody, they didn’t really just talk about what I can do as a player, they pointed out my flaws and told me how they can help me get better,” he said after signing.
At the time, Rodgers-Cromartie said his consistency was a big point of emphasis.
Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, Head Coach John Fox echoed that sentiment.
“If you turn on a 60-play game, 30 of those plays he does stuff you can’t coach. On 30 of those plays you’re maybe not so happy,” Fox said. “But at the end of the day he’s got the skill set. We really liked him. We were very, very up-front with him. He understands. We’ll see where it takes us — him and us.”
Rodgers-Cromartie, 27, has already made one Pro Bowl five seasons into his NFL career. However, he grabbed three interceptions in the past two seasons in Philadelphia after picking off 13 in his first three years in Arizona.
Originally a first-round pick by the Cardinals in the 2008 NFL Draft, the cornerback trails only Asante Samuel, Tramon Williams and DeAngelo Hall in interceptions — including the postseason — by cornerbacks since he was drafted. He has returned four of his picks for touchdowns.
In his career, he has also accumulated 208 tackles, 84 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, a sack and two blocked field goals.
“There’s no question that ‘DRC’ has great ability,” Fox said. “It’s our job to get the most of it out of him, just like anybody that had him before. We’ll see how that goes, how hard he’s willing to work and adapt to what we’re teaching him.”