According to Denver Posts Mike Klis, second-year cornerback Bradley Roby is open with the idea of potentially moving to safety this season.
Broncos (@PostBroncos) April 22, 2015
Last month Denver Broncos General Manager dropped a bombshell during an interview when he revealed that they might consider moving Bradley Roby to safety this season.
"He can tackle he's tough and that safety has to be a cover guy there," Elway said of the team's first-round draft pick who had a fine rookie season in 2014. "There area 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."
The Broncos have continued with that idea during the Broncos offseason program. Most players might balk at this idea, but Roby is showing that he is selfless and open to doing whatever he needs to help out the Broncos.
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"I consider myself a cornerback. I don't see myself as a safety. But I am open to it," Roby said. "They have talked about putting me in certain packages to get me on the field rather than having one of their better players watching from the sidelines. I understand what they are thinking."
Roby flashed big time potential last season for the Broncos. He showed last season that he's a willing tackler. He totaled 65 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions last season for the Broncos defense. He has the speed and range to play center field. If the Broncos do decide to go through with this, I believe Roby has the necessary skill set to make the transition.
According to Klis, Roby has added muscle without losing any speed this offseason and is near 195lbs. This is only a few pounds shy of what last season's starting free safety Rahim Moore weighed last season. Roby is bulking up so he can stay on the field more in 2015 since he is one of the Broncos better defensive backs.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak explains their decision about potentially moving Roby to safety at times in 2015.
"It's just us saying, 'Hey, he needs to be out there.' If that's how we get him out there full time, then that's something we're going to address. I don't want to do too much to him where we take something away from him," Kubiak said, "but at the same time he needs to be a guy playing 70 to 100 percent someway, somehow."
It will be interesting to see if they decide to go through with this. The Broncos did sign free agent safety Darian Stewart to a contract this winter and is "penciled in" as the starter at free safety. Also, it will be interesting to see what the Broncos do in next week's NFL draft. If they decide to draft a free safety in the early rounds of the draft they may scrap this idea all together.