However, that doesn’t mean he’ll be gone for good. Darby is a strong candidate to get re-signed to Atlanta’s practice squad.
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Darby Had a “Way Better” Camp Than Last Year
The wide receiver position was easily the hardest battle to be in at training camp this offseason and Darby was overshadowed by the older guys.
While he may have gone overlooked, Darby felt like his overall performance at camp was a lot better than his rookie year.
“I felt like this, this camp was one of my best camps, way better than last year,” Darby said following the Falcons’ first regular season practice on Monday, August 29. “I felt like this camp made me push myself, especially the room that was created since me and Oz [Olamide Zacchaeus] were the only ones that came back from last year.”
The Falcons brought in a handful of veterans this summer including, KhaDarel Hodge, Geronimo Allison, Damiere Byrd, Auden Tate, and Bryan Edwards. These guys came to town with a lot more experience under their belts which ultimately helped Darby.
“Bringing in guys like Hodge, Edwards, Tate, Geronimo, Byrd… that pushed me to another limit because a lot of them guys, vets, and they knew a lot. So, I had to push myself to learn the playbook, better learn my assignment, learn my details and wherever they put me at, you know, I had to do that at a high level. And I feel like I did really well at that.”
Darby ended preseason on a high note, where he hauled in a 35-yard pass from rookie QB Desmond Ridder during the Falcons’ preseason finale win over the Jaguars.
But his one big play wasn’t enough to keep him on the 53-man roster.
As a rookie Darby didn’t see much action, playing in three games and recording one catch for 14 yards.
Cordarrelle Patterson Praises Darby via Twitter
Everyone should know by now that Falcons’ running back Cordarrelle Patterson is an open guy on Twitter and made it clear last week that he wants Darby on his team.
Darby brings plenty of energy to the locker room and the 10-year veteran loves that about him.
“The teammate every team needs!!!”- Patterson wrote in a tweet responding to Darby’s mic’d up preseason segment against the Jets.
The two have become very close since both joined the team last year.
“Me and C.P, we’ve gotten close ever since last year,” Darby said. “He loves music. I love music. When he’s walking around in the facility playing music, I’m always robbing out with him and since we’ve met, we just connected. He sees my energy. I see that over there. He likes to smile.
“So, the relationship is different. I feel like we’ve got a relationship that’s gonna last for a long time, either from here or somewhere else.”
Darby was aware that he was on the roster bubble ahead of cuts but made it clear that no matter where the future takes him, he plans to keep his energy high.
“I can’t change, I can’t change for nobody,” Darby said. “I gotta always be myself at the end of the day. I know people were wondering if my energy was gonna turn down or something if things don’t go the right way here, but nah, I will keep going. I’m always gonna bring energy because that’s how I got here.”