The Washington Football Team has made some significant changes to their cornerback room this offseason.
First, they lost Ronald Darby to the Denver Broncos in free agency. They followed that up by signing William Jackson III from the Cincinnati Bengals to serve as the team’s true No. 1 starter. Then, they lost Fabian Moreau, who they had tried to re-sign, to the Atlanta Falcons.
Now, they have a new cornerback that has replaced him as a top backup.
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According to the team’s official website, they have signed Darryl Roberts from the Detroit Lions to add depth to the cornerback room. Roberts was a seventh-round pick by the New England Patriots in the 2015 NFL Draft and has spent six years in the NFL playing for the New York Jets and Detroit Lions.
How Darryl Roberts fits with the Washington Football Team
Throughout his career, Roberts has been a steady backup. He does get burned on occasion, as all cornerbacks do, but as a backup, you could certainly do worse. Last year, Roberts played in 11 games for the Lions and made five starts. He managed 39 tackles, an interception, and six pass defenses. He allowed 35 receptions on 49 targets.
Roberts, 30, will provide some needed experience to Washington’s cornerback room. They are rather young and inexperienced at the position behind the starters, so Roberts will add a veteran that can be started in a pinch if necessary and can also serve as a mentor and locker room presence.
Signing Roberts is one of those under-the-radar moves that could help Washington moving forward. He’s a good depth piece and if he suddenly regresses after reaching the 30-year mark, the team can part with him with minimal consequences, as they likely didn’t spend a lot to acquire his services.
Along with the signing of Adam Humphries, this is a good depth signing. You can never have too much experience on your roster, and both Humphries and Roberts should have a chance to play key depth roles this season.