Ready for the test


As a defensive player you know that your ability to make a big play in a game is usually dependent on the offense’s decision to test you. In my position I am usually responsible for guarding a wide-receiver, but that also means that if the quarterback decides not to throw to that receiver my opportunities are going to be limited.

For the second week in a row the other team’s quarterback didn’t seem all that interested in testing me. When this happens it’s hard to know whether I should take that as a compliment or what. I always want to get some action and make some plays. Of course we don’t know if the decision to avoid throwing the ball in my direction was intentional or not, but with so little action going my way, it certainly seems like it was.

Of course it’s hard to be frustrated with another great team win. Although I would love to be able to contribute with an interception or big stop on a third down, the team win column is more important than any of my stats. If quarterbacks decide not to test me that basically means we are forcing them to play a different kind of game. If I can make a quarterback feel like a portion of his receivers are not an option to throw to, we are limiting the number of weapons.

Before the game my wife sent me a bible verse for motivation as she always does. This week that verse was Psalm 18:32-34: The God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. This was a great motivation for me this week because it reminds me that I am equipped for battle every week when I go out on the field. The fact that I am not always in a position to use all of my attributes in every single game doesn’t make me any less equipped.

Speaking of my wife, if you haven’t seen my post on Instagram or Twitter she has recently started her own business called My Timeless Impression. She takes sports jerseys and all kinds of apparel and does custom embroidery and “blinging” to make them unique and stand out.  It’s pretty cool so you should check out her website to see examples or place an order. For all you ladies, she’ll also have a booth at Crush Night tomorrow night at the Mile High show, so make sure you stop by and show her some love.

As for me you already know what I’m doing this week: Preparing for the Dallas Cowboys. They’re a good team with an offense that is more than capable of testing me and the rest of the defense. I’ll be bumping that new Meek Mill tape all week while I prepare. I can’t wait to get back out there and try to make some plays.

As always I welcome your questions and feedback. This blog is all about you so feel free to comment or tweet @cover32_NFL with anything you want to see me talk about next time. Broncos up!

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  • gary rogers

    Chris, who do feel is most capable of “testing” you this season? I’m sure you welcome the challenge…

  • Kevin Gillikin

    How will your role on the team change when Champ finally makes it back healthy to the Bronco’s secondary?

  • Adam

    Love these blogs. Thanks for taking the time, Chris. Keep beasting! 19-0 til we ain’t!