Peyton Manning Gives Perrish Cox a Crash Course
DENVER -- A lot of defensive backs have had rough days against Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Denver Broncos rookie Perrish Cox joined the crowd on Sunday.
Making his first NFL start in place of injured Andre Goodman, he was beaten for two of Manning's three touchdown passes in the Colts' 27-13 win over the Broncos.
"Coaches have been telling me all week long, Peyton Manning likes to attack the rookies. So I expected it," a subdued Cox said after the game.
The day got off to a rocky start when Cox, a fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma State, fumbled a punt in the first quarter, leading to the second of two field goals that put the Colts up 6-0.
It got worse after the Broncos pulled to 13-10 on Kyle Orton's 48-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd early in the third quarter.
Manning, who completed 27 of 43 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns, went to work against the short-handed Broncos secondary. And when he got within striking distance, he picked on Cox.
"You know, he had some ups and downs and certainly anytime you play a player like Peyton, he's going to go after you," said Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. "Perrish, I thought he played better earlier and then he gave up a few things. But he's a young kid that has a lot of ability and I think every time he goes out there, he's going to get better and hopefully he'll learn from this experience."
Colts receiver Blair White, promoted from the practice squad over the weekend after Indianapolis learned it would be without Pierre Garcon (hamstring), pulled a double move on Cox and was wide open when he hauled in Manning's 9-yard touchdown pass. That put the Colts up 20-10 with 4:57 to go in the third quarter.
"The first one, I got hit with a slant and go," Cox said. "Took my eyes into the backfield on the first move and that's what got me."
The next time, Cox bit on a similar move on a different pattern by Austin Collie, who had a huge day for the Colts with 12 catches for 171 yards and two TDs.
Collie got behind Cox for a 23-yard touchdown catch with 4:26 left to play, accounting for the game's final score.
"The second time, I got hit with a hitch and go," Cox said. "And the ball got caught in the sun. I thought I had good position and kind of slowed down. At the end, I couldn't find the ball and that's what happened. When you do that kind of stuff Peyton Manning finds it."
"I gave up a few. It wasn't in the plan, but things happen," Cox said. "I've learned from it. I've learned from it big time.
"Everybody was watching. My parents were at the game. and I've just got to keep pushing. Playing corner you have to have a quick mind to forget things, forget it and move on to the next play. I've got to let this one go and move on to next week," Cox said.