Roby recorded seven tackles, two passes defensed and a pick-six in Sunday's win over San Diego. With Aqib Talib nursing a sore back, Roby was pushed into a starting role. He more than held up. Roby's receiver was targeted nine times on Sunday, according to Pro Football Focus, and the 2014 first-rounder allowed just two catches for 34 yards. The highlight was a 49-yard pick-six in the second quarter off of a pass Roby tipped to himself. The score lit a spark for a Denver team that was struggling to move the ball on offense.
The Broncos could be changing course on how they want to use 2014 first-round pick Bradley Roby on defense. Drafted as a cornerback out of Ohio State, the Broncos are considering moving Roby to free safety, general manager John Elway said, via The Denver Post. "He can tackle he's tough and that safety has to be a cover guy there," Elway said. "There are a lot of different combinations you need to play because the game is changing. Instead of having a strong safety, you want both of them to play center field." Roby had 65 tackles and two interceptions as a rookie in 2014.
Broncos rookie cornerback Bradley Roby has declared himself more comfortable as an NFL player these days despite a strong start to the season in which he was nominated for Rookie of the Week honors in his debut. Roby is coming off a performance Sunday against the Jets in which he registered three tackles and a sack of Geno Smith. He believes he has found the groove. "I'm kind of in a rhythm on how to prepare each week, how to prepare for different receivers and things like that," he told the team website. "I think I'm a lot better. I think I have a ways to go. ... From the first game ... I'm way ahead of where I was." Roby has recorded six passes defensed and 23 tackles in five games, none of which he started.
The Broncos revamped their defense after ranking 22nd in points allowed (22.9) and 19th in total yards (356.0). They added defensive end DeMarcus Ware, safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Aqib Talib. They drafted corner Bradley Roby in the first round. And they'll benefit from Von Miller being in better shape. Last year's No. 13 Fantasy DST should finish as a Top-10 unit this year. But the group might not mesh right away. And Sunday night's game against the Colts, with a whopping over/under of 55, is going to be a shootout. Indy gave up the 11th-fewest Fantasy points to DSTs last year (7.56 per game). Sit the Broncos DST in Week 1, if you can, then start the unit Week 2 in a much more attractive matchup against Kansas City.
The Broncos on Tuesday signed rookie cornerback Bradley Roby, who was selected by the club in the first round of the NFL Draft at No. 31 overall. Roby started all 37 games played during his career at Ohio State, totaling eight interceptions and 44 passes defensed. He was named a first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2013 after recording 69 tackles (54 solo), three interceptions and 16 passes defensed for the Buckeyes. Roby is expected to compete for a starting spot for the Broncos this season.