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Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was used to coaches telling him about his talents, but in Denver they point out his flaws.
It's a refreshing statement from a player who is considered extremely talented, but has underachieved in his career.
Rodgers-Cromartie was drafted by the Cardinals in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
He spent three seasons in Arizona and then Rodgers-Cromartie was traded, along with a second round pick, to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb in 2011.
Rodgers-Cromartie had two sub par years in Philly and as a free agent in 2013 he signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Broncos.
He wants to reach the potential so many have told he has and has finally found a home where the coaches aren't in awe of his abilities allowing him to get better.
"They told me about my flaws. Nobody had done that, and it impressed me," Rodgers-Cromartie said, via Alan Dell of the Bradenton Herald.
"They told me what I needed to work and how they would get me better instead of telling me about what I could do."
"The Denver defense is a lot of man to man, and that is my strongest suit," the 6-foot-2, 182-pound DRC said. "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. 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."
"I still just feel blessed that I am able to play this game and every chance I go out there I want to do the best that I can," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "This is a great organization that accepted me the first day I got there. John Elway (Denver vice president of football operations) knows every player by first name and has come up to me and asked how I am doing. The main thing is that they are allowing me to do what I do best."
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