Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams might be a target the rest of the season, starting this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he's fine with that.
Williams had a tough game against Colts receiver Reggie Wayne last week. Wayne had 10 catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns. Not all of the damage was against Williams -- Denver had some busted coverages because of miscommunications, including on two of Wayne's touchdowns -- but Williams took plenty of heat.
Less than 24 hours later, Williams seemed to be back to normal. He blew off the media after the game, but he was at his locker joking around and explaining what happened the next day.
"There's nothing you can do to take it back," Williams said. "It's time to move on. I'm going to make my presence felt in every other game."
As the cornerback opposite Champ Bailey, Williams expects to get a lot of attention. He was a second-round pick last year and started as a rookie, and handled himself with a lot of confidence from his first days as a Bronco.
He seemed to bounce back quickly from the worst game of his pro career.
"It's nothing, man," Williams said. "I hold whoever I want to hold. I don't back down from nobody."
Williams' day reminded many of Roc Alexander. Alexander was a rookie two seasons ago, and in a wild-card playoff game the Colts manipulated matchups to get Wayne on Alexander most of the game. Wayne had 10 catches for 221 yards in a blowout victory. The Broncos said the two situations were not similar.
"It's night and day from that year," Bailey said. "It is not the same. Darrent played well. He played great. It's just one of those things. You play a guy like Peyton Manning, if he's going to put it on the money, what can you do, really?"
Wayne said after the game that he saw Williams make plenty of plays on film in the week leading up to the game, and the Colts didn't set out to pick on him.
Williams watched the video of the Colts game and was upbeat afterwards. He said even though he made some mistakes and wasn't aggressive enough, he didn't think he played that bad. Denver didn't get much of a pass rush, and Manning had plenty of time to wait for Wayne to get open. And when Wayne had a little bit of separation, Manning didn't misfire.
"He was doing double and triple moves, and I was right there," Williams said. "It's just the great Peyton Manning put the ball right there."
On two of Wayne's touchdowns, Williams and safety John Lynch had a miscommunication that led to Wayne being open in the end zone. Williams figured those mistakes would be corrected and he would move on.
The Broncos have been high on Williams, whose speed and playmaking skills make up for his lack of height. In his second year, he had a very good training camp, holding off Domonique Foxworth for the starting job, and played well to start the season.
After the Indianapolis game, the Broncos weren't worried about Williams.
"All in all, Darrent played a pretty good game," Shanahan said.
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