Feature story on Calvin Roberts

HA Note: “A Cowboy scout contacted the coaches at the College of San Mateo, where Roberts played before transferring to UH, seeking extensive information. The scout told the San Mateo coaches that, at the least, Roberts would be a player the Cowboys would be interested in bringing in for a private workout before the draft.”

About how it is a good thing that a CB like Calvin Roberts has not been noticed much this season, DB coach Rich Miano said:
“It’s either going to be you do your job and nobody notices you, or you don’t do your job and you’re on ESPN. It’s one of those deals where he’s been like George Ariyoshi, quiet but effective.” (HSB)

About how he takes pride in his consistency, Roberts said:
“Just staying consistent is really what the game is about. I pride myself on that, showing up every day for work. All year long that was my mind-set, lock the receiver down and if they throw my way, try to make a play on the ball.” (HSB)

Praising Roberts, Ryan Mouton said:
“He may not make one of the biggest plays, but he consistently plays very well. That’s all you can ask for, especially as a cornerback. If a team knows that you’re a technician and they know you’re disciplined, they’re going to stay away from you.” (HSB)

About how he enjoys being 1-on-1 with a WR, Roberts said:
“I’ve been playing football since I was 7 and it’s always been competitive. Every day is a challenge. I take it personal, that that’s my job on the field and I have to go get it.” (HSB)

About how he works against Roberts in practice, Greg Salas said:
“He knows his assignments and likes to disguise his coverages and play with you a little bit. It’s hard to get a read on him. He’s physical, he’s quick, and he does his job.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Roberts’ fellow DBs do give him some ribbing over some of the noise he generates on the field (“He makes these grunting noises,” Mouton said.) But he isn’t the type to mouth off at opponents during a game. But Miano notes Roberts has “that swagger” so often evident in cornerbacks, who play a position where confidence is a key.”

About how Roberts doesn’t talk much during games, Mouton said:
“Nah, he doesn’t talk trash. I’ll do some trash-talking for the rest of us.” (HSB)

About being away from his family in the Bay Area, including his 3-year-old daughter Layla, Roberts said:
“It’s been hard. But I just have to stay focused and keep ballin’ out and going to school.” (HSB)

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