Notes: Competition Amongst Friends

Posted May 24, 2006

Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth have forged a friendship off the field. On it, though, they are among the corners grappling for the first-team slot opposite All-Pro Champ Bailey.


Paul Tagliabue
NFL Domonique Foxworth and Darrent Williams each started nine games during the Broncos' 18-game 2005 campaign. PHOTO: TREVOR BROWN, JR. / RICH CLARKSON AND ASSOCIATES

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Both Domonique Foxworth's and Darrent Williams' names will be forever linked in Broncos lore. Both were drafted in 2005 and both started several games as rookies.

In 2006 the competion for the corner spot opposite Champ Bailey will be up for grabs and these two friends know that they'll be fighting for the slot after starting nine games apiece last year.

"We (he and Williams) have talked about it," Foxworth said. "We are best of friends and we root for each other. It's easy to lose focus on the team's main goal if you are focusing on your own personal.

"Obviously I want to be the starter and he wants to be the starter. But is important that we keep our focus on the main goal, which is to win a Super Bowl."

Added Williams: "We just both go out there and handle our business and do what we are supposed to do ... I don't get too caught up in it. We are still good friends, when he makes a good play I am the first one to congratulate him. When I make a good play he is right there.

"I feel like last year when we came in we were just pushing each other. It is the same situation. To me, it is always a competition thing, but I really don't look at it as I am trying to go out there everyday to beat him out of a position."

Competition aside, both know that they are in a good situation.

"I (with) think Darrent and I it's been a tremendous situation," Foxworth said. "I don't think there are very many players in the league who can be fortunate enough to be behind Champ Bailey, who is the best in the league, and have somebody who is very close in your talent level competing right next to you.

"I don't think that there is any better situation to become a great player that the one that I am in and the one Darrent is in."

So what makes the other one good?

"His reaction and his quickness," Foxworth said of Willams. "I think that is one thing that Champ had commented on throughout the off-season. I don't know if there is anyone quicker than Darrent on the entire team."

"He is good at not letting the deep ball get to him," Williams said about Foxworth. "He makes pretty good plays on deep balls and keeps a lot of stuff in front of him."

WELCOME BACK: Fresh off his European adventure, the Broncos welcomed back tight end Wesley Duke to the practice field.

The former Hamburg Sea Devil took part in all the quarterback camp drills and even lead the team in a breakdown prior to stretch. But following practice he admitted to some exhaustion as a result of jet lag.

"I am pretty tired," Duke said. "I tried to work through it. I tried to get to bed kind of early, but I woke at three in the morning and just couldn't go back to sleep, I was just tossing and turing and couldn't get back to sleep. I am here and I got through the first day. So I need to sleep today and get ready for (Wednesday)."

A LEGION OF SUPPORTERS: Monday it was Bailey who gave a ringing endorsement for rookie wide receiver (Brandon) Marshall, today it was Williams who has liked what he has seen from the former University of Central Florida standout.

"I like the Marshall kid," Williams said. "He is a big kid, about 6-4, 235 (lbs). He looks really good, he runs good, he runs pretty good routes. He is physical; he doesn't back down from anyone.

"When I line up against him he does the same things, when Champ lines up on him he does the same things, same with Domonique. We see that in him, he has that competitive edge. I think he is going to be a good player for us this year.