Manning Jr. Surprised by Brown's Release

Manning Jr. Surprised by Brown's Release

Rams cornerback Ricky Mannning Jr. talked Wednesday about how comfortable he feels with the defense, if he was surprised Brown got released, and if he sees this as an opportunity.

CB Ricky Manning Jr.
September 24, 2008

(On how comfortable he feels with the defense and what he stills needs to do to be ready)
"Getting out there and actually doing it and getting those different checks, the little things. I'm still making mistakes here and there when I get out there in practice. It's definitely improving. I'm getting a better grasp and a better feeling and I don't have to think as much out there."

(On what the coaching staff has asked him to do)
"I just keep preparing and play away. I'll keep working to get the grasp of the defense… because I'm one hit away from being in there. Whatever role I'm playing, I'm just studying and preparing for it."

(On if he was surprised about Fakhir Brown being released)
"Actually I was surprised. I didn't even know guys get released this late, but I was definitely surprised. I didn't know what it was for or for what reason, but I guess, when you're 0-3 on a defense that's not doing too well, there's going to be some changes."

(On if sees this as an opportunity now that Fakhir Brown was released)
"It's always an opportunity. It was always that my opportunity will come. It was just a matter of when."

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