Cardinals CB Rodgers-Cromartie Proving His Worth

When the Cardinals essentially gambled in the 1st round of 2008's draft, they were selecting a 22 year old cornerback out of a small school(Tennessee State). It was said that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a "high learning curve", and that it would likely take time for him to develop into a quality starting defensive back. Midway through last year, he replaced Eric Green on the depth chart and that learning curve was put to the test. He had 4 interceptions through the final seven games of the season, and added 2 more in the playoffs.

This year, Rodgers-Cromartie has learned just how quickly things can change in one season, as he's been one of the highest targeted cornerbacks in the league. The 2nd year defensive back has adjusted however, and boasts a NFC-leading 23 passes defensed. He's also done a tremendous job limiting the big play that daunted him most of last season.

On Sunday, DRC recorded 2 interceptions, putting his season total at 5. That puts his career total at 9 in just 21 starts, giving him a 42% interception rate. Against the Lions, both of his interceptions would eventually prove to be pivotal as the Cardinals only won by a score. Already having a good game, DRC also did an exceptional job blanketing Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson, holding him to 3 catches for 35 yards

On another note, Rodgers-Cromartie was noticeably stiff returning both interceptions, running out of bounds each times. It seems he's been suffering from turf-toe, which is even more impressive given the position he plays.

"No, no, no," he said. "I got a bad toe; I got to get out of bounds. I couldn't run like I wanted to."

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