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DENVER (CBS4) - Broncos rookie corner Bradley Roby said he’s making quick adjustments to an NFL game that’s very different from the college competition.

“I think I had my struggles early on in camp, but I learned from those things,” Roby told CBS4 on Sunday. “I had a lot of people help me — coaches, the veterans on the team. It’s a process. Any time I make a mistake I try to learn from it, see what I did wrong and fix it. If you do that enough, you’ll pick it up.”

So far this preseason, Roby’s collected 11 solo tackles and three passes defended.

He nearly intercepted a pass in Saturday’s game against Houston.

“I definitely should have picked that off,” he said. “I made a play, but in those scenarios, you definitely want to get the interception. The balls aren’t always going to be close like that. And every time it does, you want to capitalize on that.”

Roby, whom the Broncos drafted at No. 31 overall, is second on the team’s depth chart at left corner behind Aqib Talib. He started all 37 games he played in at Ohio State.

He said the transition to the pros is a lot more difficult than it looks. Practicing against Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ star receivers helps shorten the learning curve.

“When you go against those guys every day, it makes it a lot easier when the game comes around,” Roby said. “Early on, I was struggling against those guys, but it’s an adjustment period. You have to get used to going against guys like that. There’s nobody in college that’s walking around looking like those guys.”

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