AFC West: Glenn Martinez
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That used to be a source of pride for Foxworth, who was a third-round pick of the Broncos in 2005. Now, however, as the left cornerback of the Atlanta Falcons, Foxworth is not so thrilled with Cutler's big arm.
Foxworth was traded to Atlanta from Denver for a seventh-round pick in September. Foxworth is now a starting cornerback for the Falcons who host Cutler and the Broncos on Sunday.
"It is not nearly as exciting of a prospect now that I am on the other side of Jay," Foxworth said. "But I'm ready for it. I went against him all the time in practice and I look forward to the challenge."
Does Foxworth expect the Broncos to target him Sunday?
"Absolutely," he said. "They'll come after me but I'll be ready."
Foxworth said he is excited to face the Broncos who suddenly traded him. He was set to be the team's nickel cornerback. Foxworth said the trade was for the best for him. Foxworth, a free agent at the end of the season, wasn't going to get a chance to start in Denver.
The Broncos could use Foxworth these days. Left cornerback Champ Bailey has been out for three weeks with a groin injury and he will likely miss another game or two. Undrafted rookie Josh Bell and Karl Paymah could see time in Bailey's place against Atlanta.
Meanwhile, Denver just waived receiver Glenn Martinez to make room for running back Tatum bell who agreed to terms earlier Tuesday.
Denver coach Mike Shanahan spoke to spoke to the media Monday to review the team's 16-13 win over Tampa Bay.
He didn't shed much light on injuries to receiver Eddie Royal (ankle) and tight end Tony Scheffler (groin). He said he will give updates Wednesday.
Royal said Sunday that he has a low ankle sprain and he hopes to play Sunday against Jacksonville. He left the stadium on crutches. Scheffler told reporters today he will be fine in the long term but he is not sure if he will be able to play against Jacksonville.
Here is sampling of other topics Shanahan addressed today:
On the Broncos' defense
They played well. We did a lot of good things on defense. Any time you have six series with three plays and out, it is a good start. I was pleased with their effort throughout the game. We are starting to build and starting to make some strides forward. Hopefully, we can keep it going.
On the defenses having more enthusiasm against Tampa Bay compared to previous weeks
I wouldn't go through that. I think people have a short memory sometimes. We played three quarters against the Raiders that we allowed 128 yards in total offense, 27 zip. They are a pretty good rushing football team. We did some good things against San Diego. We have had some opportunities where we have played a good three quarters or a good quarter, but in this game we played a good four quarters.
On how WR Brandon Marshall is handling being double covered
That is football in the National Football League. You have to understand what it takes to win and the quarterback, I thought, managed the game very well. In that situation, most people don't look at the fact that we had three third-and-2's, two third-and-3's and a third-and-4 that we missed. We were 6-of-14. The ones we missed were ones that keep drives going. Instead of having 16 points, you end up having 30 points. We have been much better in our third down area. When you miss three those and you are still 6-of-14 against an excellent defense, you are doing some good things. We just have to work on that third down area to keep the ball and get some more plays. We completed 68 percent of our passes for 227 yards and that is good. You can't turn the football over and you can't get second and long and third and long, and for the most part we didn't. That is what you have to do to win the football game. Especially some of the young guys, they want to contribute but they don't understand what it takes to win sometimes. You have to make those third downs.
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Russell was taken off the field on a stretcher in Denver's 33-19 loss at Kansas City on Sunday. He suffered a sprained neck. Martinez was one of Denver's final cuts in August. Martinez was a key backup receiver last season. He is also a returner.