When the Denver Broncos identified their shortcomings after last season's playoff upset at the hands of the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, depth at the secondary position was high on their list.
Among the players John Elway brought in to Denver for courting was a former Arizona Cardinal and Philadelphia Eagle cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. It's rare in this day and age that a player will cite specifics as to what sways them towards one team or another, but recently, the newly-minted Bronco did just that.
Rodgers-Cromartie recently told the Bradenton Herald that “They told me about my flaws. Nobody had done that, and it impressed me.” He goes on to admit that the Broncos were upfront about what they believed he needed work on stating “They told me what I needed to work and how they would get me better instead of telling me about what I could do.” Rodgers-Cromartie believes that working against future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning will improve his game dramatically. “Practice is a lot of fun because every day you are going against the best and getting thrown at by someone of Manning’s caliber, and he interacts with everybody and doesn’t think he is bigger or better than anybody. But he is the hardest working man on the field.”
Another new teammate of Rodgers-Cromartie that knows the ins and outs of his game better than anyone is fellow corner Champ Bailey. Rodgers-Cromartie, feels he can hold his own against the legendary Bailey, and will start at the opposite corner. Whether he had taken Denver's critique to heart, and shows the improvement that made him a previous first-round draft selection remains to be seen.