|08-18-2005, 09:31 AM||#1|
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Darrent Williams has never lacked in the self-confidence department. The Denver Broncos cornerback isn't arrogant, just self-assured.
"You've got to be in this league," Williams said. "If you don't have any confidence as a corner in this league, you're going to be out as fast as you got in."
The Broncos are certainly placing a lot of confidence in the rookie out of Oklahoma State. If the season were to begin today, Williams, who was selected in the second round, would be Denver's starting nickel back.
Williams knows that. He also knows his grasp on the job is tenuous at best.
"I've got to show every day in practice that I deserve it," Williams said.
Last Saturday in Houston, the Texans found Williams early and tested him often. He did OK. Earlier in the week, in practices against the Texans, Williams got to test his skills against one of the best young receivers in the game -- Houston's Andre Johnson. The rookie held his own.
"If you can stay close to Andre, you can pretty much stay close to anyone in this league," Williams said. "He's a good receiver."
Going up against veteran receivers like Rod Smith and Jerry Rice every day in practice has prepared Williams for what he'll face this preseason and further down the road. They'll point out flaws in his game.
"If they catch a pass on me, they tell me what I did wrong," said Williams, who is generously listed at 5-foot-8 and 188 pounds. "It's very helpful. I'm just a rookie right now, and I'm not where I need to be. But I'm learning."
So far, the Broncos love what they see.
"He's very competitive and a very natural player," defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. "Is he all-NFL? No. But is he competitive, fast and tough? Yes, sir. This kid is a natural."
Williams was primarily brought in to shore up the Broncos' special teams. Denver was 12th in the league in punt returns (9.3 yards per return average) and 18th in kickoff returns (21.2). During his final year at Oklahoma State, Williams averaged 27.7 yards on punt returns, which would've easily led the league.
Although his first four punt returns against Houston were for a paltry average of 2.5 yards, Williams is confident he can elevate Denver's return game. He wants to be Denver's version of Chiefs returner Dante Hall.
"I feel like I (can be) one of the top guys," Williams said. "I've got to go out there and do what I do."
Denver cornerback Lenny Walls thinks highly of Williams the cornerback.
"He's got a lot of talent," Walls said.
But Walls thinks even more highly of Williams the return specialist. In fact, he's sweetened the pot a bit. For every touchdown he scores, Walls will give Williams $1,000 out of his own bank account. Williams had three touchdowns for Okie State in college.
"I know he has the capability," Walls said. "That why they brought him here. I told him, 'One thousand dollars every time you take one to the house.' Hopefully he can give me four or five of them this year. It's generous, but anything to help us win and I'm with it."
The same goes for Williams. He doesn't care how much he plays; he just wants to contribute.
And the rookie is quite confident he can.
|08-18-2005, 10:09 AM||#2|
King of the Ants
Join Date: Aug 2003
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ok willliams time to return that punt or kickoff for a TD or get that int if not you are just another brick in the wall.
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