Denver Broncos rookie cornerback Brendan Langley was thrown into action when fellow corner Aqib Talib decided to get in a fight with Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and got himself ejected.
It didn’t go well. Langley got beat by Raiders wideout Amari Cooper for a score and then got beat by wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson on a third down at the end of the game when the Broncos desperately needed a stop.
It’s hard to blame him. The kid is a rookie who played at Lamar University. He never expected to touch the field that day. Even so, he knows he needs to improve, and he thinks he’ll be ready for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
“I just learned that you have to play your technique and just trust it,” said Langley, per Nick Kosmider of the Denver Post. “That’s all it was. There weren’t any mental errors or mental breakdowns. I knew all the plays. It was just technique. You’re out there lined up against one of the best receivers in the league and you know you’re in man [coverage], you’re either going to make diamonds or bust pipes. I busted pipes last week, but we’ll see what a full week of preparation, a full week of film, a full week of dialing in — we’ll see what that really has in store.”
He’d only played special teams before. Now he has a chance to spend the week getting ready, and it should make a difference.
“There’s more confidence — more everything — knowing you’re going to play,” Langley said. “We’ll see what a full week can do. It’s just going to take some time. I just have to work my technique, perfect my craft, and I’ll be all right.”