After receiving the biggest signing bonus for an undrafted rookie free-agent ($8,000), CB Darryl Morris has been living up to the high expectations. A small-school kid from Texas State, Morris has been lighting up OTA’s with his combination of agility and cover skills. The WAC product with blazing 4.3 (40-yard) speed, has done an admirable job thus far in camp, especially in one-on-one drills.
According to Grant Cohn of the Press Democrat, Morris excelled in one-on-one drills as he intercepted a pass on one play and stayed stride for stride with fourth-round pick WR Quinton Patton on another. Aside from winning his battles one-on-one, Morris has rarely been beaten deep, a sign of a cornerback with fluid hips to stay stride for stride with receivers. In fact, the quarterback tried picking on Morris deep three times, but all failed.
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At 5-foot-10 (188 pounds), Morris will be looking to lock down the sixth cornerback spot behind CB Carlos Rogers, CB Tarrell Brown, CB Chris Culliver, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, and CB Tramaine Brock. And although Brock recently signed another one-year tender, do not be surprised if Morris surpasses him on the depth chart when August rolls around. I am not high on Brock and feel he is a huge liability in pass coverage. However, Brock does provide exceptional value on special-teams evident by tying the team lead in special-teams tackles (15), so his versatility may win out here.
With training camp continuing over the next couple of months, it will be interesting to see if Morris can continue his impressive performances day in and day out.