Roby relishes role with Broncos

BEREA, Ohio -- Former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby has begun to settle into his new home in the NFL with the Denver Broncos.

From seeking, and getting, advice from veteran defensive backs and lining up against future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, Roby has embraced everything that comes with joining the Broncos.

"It's been pretty good," Roby said. "Right now, we just got done with OTAs and minicamp. I think I did very (well). I think there's a lot that I can work on, but I think I did (well) as a rookie coming in and getting those reps with the ones. I'm just trying to keep getting better every day.

"Every day, I want to attack it and be my best."

According to Roby, the veterans have taken notice of his work ethic and that is why they are trying to help him become a better player.

"All of the older guys, T.J. (Ward), Aqib (Talib), Chris Harris, Rahim (Moore), they're just helping me out," Roby said. "They know that I'm a young guy, that I was brought in to help the team, so they're just helping me. I appreciate that, and that's what they're supposed to do as veterans, so I look to them to guide me through my first year."

Roby has applied those lessons and put those tips to good use, as it helped him intercept Manning at a recent practice during organized team activities.

"I'm not going to act like I never got an interception before in my life, but it was just great," Roby said. "Everybody wants a Peyton Manning pick. My first one as a rookie in OTAs is not real, but I was just happy to just make a play. I love making plays, and if I can make it against a legendary guy like that, that's even better.

"It's crazy. Every day that I see him, I'm like, 'Wow, that's Peyton Manning. I grew up watching this dude. Now, he's my teammate.' I get to go against him every day, and I actually got my first pick against him. I don't want to put it on Front Street, but I was very happy about that. He's a living legend, and I know he's going to make me better."

It is that ability to get better on the field that gave the Broncos confidence when they selected Roby in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After getting passed up by 30 other teams, Roby plans on rewarding the Broncos, who made it all the way to the Super Bowl before being decimated by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8, in the NFL's championship game back in February.

"I really felt like I was one of the top guys," Roby said. "For certain reasons, other teams didn't think so, but the Broncos did, and I appreciate them taking that leap of faith. I feel like it's great. I feel like I'm in the best position. I really think that I'm in the best position possible, so I'm going to make the best of it.

"I know it comes with a lot of responsibility. I'm ready to do that. I feel like I'm in a perfect position. This year, they're going to have to come at me. I'm a rookie on a great defense. They're going to try to expose whatever weakness they think the defense has. That's just going to be even better for me. That's going to put me out there, but I love that pressure. I thrive, and am the best when I have the most pressure."


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