Lost amidst all the fuss about the trade for Dré Bly last month was the status of the incumbent cornerback opposite Champ Bailey — third-year player Domonique Foxworth, who started nine games (including playoffs) as a rookie and then drew notice for his admirable work as an emergency fill-in at safety last December.
But don’t expect Foxworth to take public grievance with the move. Even though he’s only two years removed from his undergraduate days at Maryland, he’s far too savvy to play that game.
“All I can do is what I’ve been doing,” Foxworth said. “I fully expect to find a way to get on the field and make plays like I’ve done the first two years. I don’t think much was expected of me as a rookie and I still found a way to perform, and last year the same thing, I still found a way.
“(Bly is) a great addition to our team — which I’m excited about. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another obstacle that I have to get past to find a way to get on the team or find a way to get on the field and contribute to the success of this season.
“I’ve been around long enough to know that all that is — no offense, it’s media jazz,” Foxworth added. “They need something sensational to write about. I mean, what better to write about than ‘Champ and Dré, the best corners in the league’ and that tandem is pretty good, but I think there’s another corner on this team, and we can be the best three in the league. But that’s not as fun to write about. Like I said, it’s not up to me. I’ll just step out and do my part and whenever it’s called upon — like I said, in my rookie year, I think I was the sixth corner on the depth chart, but by Week 4, I was starting, so crazy things happen. But I’ll be ready when my opportunity comes.”
Hmm. “Media jazz.” I’ll have to make a note of that turn of phrase; I might need to cite it someday. Anyhow, bonsoir after a crammed day here in Denver.