The Houston Texans will be bolstering their secondary with a young former first-round pick.
Per our very own Patrick Storm, the Houston Texans will add former Denver Broncos first-round cornerback Bradley Roby to the mix. The move is a boost over last years starting cornerbacks including Shareece Wright, and cornerback turned safety turned cornerback again Kareem Jackson.
At only 26-years-old, Roby was one of the top young cornerbacks in free agency. A Texas native (Fort Worth), Roby will certainly be viewed as a boundary cornerback for the Houston Texans adjacent to Johnathan Joseph. According to James Palmer of NFL Network, it will be a one year deal worth up to $10 million.
After the Denver Broncos traded Aqib Talib during the 2018 off-season, Roby was viewed as his natural successor. However, that didn’t quite work out in Denver as Roby struggled in 2018.
In 15 games played, Roby accumulated 50 tackles, 12 pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and an interception. While those are solid numbers, Pro Football Focus graded Roby poorly as he had just a 59.8 grade, good for 97th amongst NFL eligible cornerbacks. But, hope is not lost in Roby.
In previous years, Roby was one of the best up and coming cornerbacks in the league and was an integral part to the Broncos Super Bowl winning ‘No Fly Zone’ defense. Roby is one of the youngest cornerbacks on the market and has flashed potential as one of the better ball-hawking cornerbacks in the NFL.
In five NFL seasons, Roby has tallied an outstanding 60 pass deflections and seven interceptions. Although it remains to be seen of how Roby fits into the Texans defense, the general perspective is that the 2018 season was viewed as just an inconvenient down year for the 5-11 cornerback.
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