Notable comments from around the league over the first eight weeks of the season about Derwin James.
“We wanted to take Derwin James. Everybody wanted Derwin James. ... Having been in the AFC West before, he just has that Rodney Harrison playing style that I love. He’s an intimidating player, he is a physical presence. I think he’s got range to play deep, he’s got coverage ability. He can run through you, he can run around you, he can run right over you. He is a dynamite young player, and he’ll be one of the building blocks in L.A. for a long time for the Chargers.” – Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden
“I think he’s a do-it-all safety and that’s what the buzz was about him before the draft. He’s just making all that come true now. He’s doing everything on the field. He can blitz (and) he can get back there in coverage, it’s impressive to see a rookie be able to do that for a defense.” – Browns QB Baker Mayfield
“He looks exactly like what we expected. He looks like the guy at Florida State who was doing great in the passing game, doing great in the running game, going and sacking quarterbacks as a pass rusher if he had to. I thought he was one of the better players in the draft and he’s showing it already in these first three games and I think we were shocked that he was able to fall so far in the draft. You guys got a hell of a player there.” – 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan
“A really, really good football player. I mean, a tremendous player. There’s nothing that he can’t do. He can cover, he can blitz. He’s a threat to an offensive football team. You have to know where he is at all times. … This young man, he has all the skill set to be mentioned as one of the best to play.” – Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson
“He’s a rookie, he’s a new player, but he’s a good player. He doesn’t play like a rookie. Obviously, he has a few plays here and there that anybody would want back, but that’s anybody. He doesn’t look like a rookie. He’s a really good player. I think he’s going to be there for a long time.” – Raiders QB Derek Carr
“I see a good football player who plays hard. He’s hungry, he’s playing fast and he’s a very, very good football player. There’s a reason why he was drafted as high as he was and like I said, they’ve got a good football team.” – Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy
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