- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan has been known to trash talk. There was a famous scrap with Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson in 2010 that would have been a good co-feature on a Floyd Mayweather fight.
On Sunday, Finnegan and his trash talk come to AT&T Stadium to face the Cowboys, and he will defend Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.
"He's a great player," Bryant said. "He’s got great instincts. He’s very quick. Great player. I think he’s kind of different now. I don’t really see him talk that much. You can tell if somebody is talking. You can see it on the film. It doesn’t look like he does it that much. He seems more focused on his business."
In the preseason, Finnegan said he doesn't trash talk as much but once the regular season begins, he picks it up.
"It's good to get them off their game," Finnegan said in a preseason interview on WXOS-FM in St Louis. "When it's all said and done, people want to be cut and dry in what they want to do. When you get them thinking about them tussling with you instead of running a route, it helps our football team."
Bryant has been known to do some trash talking himself, but after games he normally hugs it out with the opposing cornerback as a sign of respect. Bryant is well aware of the Johnson incident, but sees a different Finnegan than most people.
"He seems different," Bryant said. "Like he's focused and just wants to play some good football."