DRC Coming Out Of His Shell

Not that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a wallflower. The green mohawk and hot pink and blue car don’t exactly scream introvert. But, aside from a random scream about-what-I’m-not-sure to no one in particular in the locker room, DRC has not been all that vocal since arriving from Arizona via trade last offseason.

As such, it caught some of his teammates off guard when he spoke up at Wednesday’s players-only meeting.

“Yeah, because I don’t really say much. I’m not into the talking game,” said Rodgers-Cromartie on Friday. “I just believe in going out and playing ball, regardless of what goes on. Not a lot to be said.”

So why choose to talk at the meeting?

“It was a team thing. I’m part of a team. So I felt like if I speak, guys would listen. I didn’t speak on much; I just said, ‘Let’s just play ball and see where that gets us.’”

It’s not just Wednesday’s meeting. The 26-year-old spoke up in defense of Juan Castillo when almost no one else would. He fields questions at his locker following every game, win or lose. His voice is more present, even if he picks his spots.

Is he turning into a leader?

“Same role. I’m not this team’s leader,” said Rodgers-Cromartie. “That’s DeMeco Ryans. That’s the guy that’s going to get you out there, get you fired up, talk. I’m just the guy that’s going to play ball. No matter the circumstances, whether we’re doing good or doing bad I’m just going to keep lining up and playing.”

Ryans and Rodgers-Cromartie have arguably been the two best players on defense for the Eagles through seven games. DRC has been targeted 37 times and yielded  just 17 receptions (46 percent), per Pro Football Focus. Opposing quarterbacks have a rating of just 41.8 when throwing in his direction. He might be on track for his second Pro-Bowl bid, and it comes in a contract year.

“That’s going to come when it comes,” said Rodgers-Cromartie of a new contract. “I’m not worried about money.

“I’m just going to line up and keep playing, try to get better every week.”

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  • Wilbert M.

    Tim – I think I’m watching a different DRC than you are. I thought he had a terrible game against the Falcons and I keep seeing him dog it instead of chasing after plays go by him. He tackles like Asante. I know the statistics look great and he’s talking a good game, but I don’t see any heart in his game.

    • http://boyga.com/ joolyen

      You don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Wilbert M.

        Good point.

  • Zachary Kahn

    I mean, at least hes showing up. I can point out numerous players who aren’t husting and playing with heart, but those players are also not doing shit in the boxscore. Hes easily been one of our best players this season, one bad game against the falcons aside (where basically everyone looked bad).

    • JohnGiam

      lets not forget about fletcher cox. he is playing lights out ball this year, just not at a position that shows up on the stat sheets. he has been active all year, and has done a remarkable job as a rookie fir a player that has been double teamed on every single snap. believe it or not Brandon graham has had a great season. His snaps have been limited, but he has been our most productive Dend!

      • Zachary Kahn

        agreed

  • ItsJustDoug

    There is a lot about this team I don’t like, but it seems this guy can play and I enjoy watching him when he’s firing on all cylinders…

  • saunhi

    These guys are vulnerable because the pass rush has been neutralized.

    • DesertEagle

      But he still holds his own. Every CB will get burned for a big play, but he hasnt been burned for a TD yet so its safe to say he playin and not talkin

  • Charlie

    I think DRC and Ryans are absolutely doing the best on the defense along with Kendricks at times but that’s about all. Let’s not forget how clutch those INT’s were in the Browns and Giants game.

  • Ryan

    And despite the criticism from the moronic media, Nnamdi is having a solid year too. Right now our CB’s and MLB are playing strong. The safeties and line not so much.