The news today from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie that he’ll be out three to four months — and hopefully be back for OTAs — is great news for both the Cards and DRC. Not only does it sooth any lingering fears after his injury in the Cards’ final game — quieting the idea the knee injury will sap him of his No. 1 gift, speed – it means his education in the NFL will continue to happen before 2010 officially starts.
DRC is a Pro Bowler, and I believe deserved. But there is little question (and DRC will acknowledge this himself) he needs to get better in many aspects of the game. He probably needs to be willing to be a little more physical (that may be tougher in the short-term after suffering two injuries in the final three games trying to tackle) and he needs to continue in improving the mental aspect of the game, both in film study and his concentration during games (the latter was an admitted issue).
Having him available for some on-field work and meetings in the summer is crucial to DRC’s continued rise. That should happen assuming he works on his rehab, which he has already started. Heck, if DRC is already a Pro Bowler, it’s amazing to think of what he can still become.
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