MOBILE, Ala. -- DeQuan Menize has been defiant at the Senior Bowl this week. The former University of Alabama cornerback is playing with a boulder of a chip on his shoulder and is taking out that frustration on the football field.
“I’m better than what they’re saying or what they think,” Menzie said following practice on Tuesday. “I’m just out here trying to make myself a better player.”
Menzie said they doubt his speed and ability to cover wide receivers on the next level. They doubt his athleticism, his quickness.
Who are they? Well, everyone.
“Really just the world, just showing them I’m faster than what they’re saying,” he said. “I’ve been working on it since Day 1 when I heard it.”
Menzie said he’s hoping to run in the low 4.4s in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, putting those doubts to rest once and for all. For now, though, he’s focused on making a name for himself in Mobile, Ala. The 5-foot-10 defensive has doled out big time punishment from both safety and nickel back.
Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris has been Menzie’s biggest cheerleader at the Senior Bowl, praising his aggressiveness.
“He’s a striker,” Morris said. “That’s the way they play. That’s how active they are. Coming from Alabama, that the kind of program you can expect that.”
“Menzie looked good, really good. He moved around well. He picked things up really well last night and came out here and played both corner and safety. Any time you do that you have to have some kind of smarts, some kind of quickness.”
On one play at Monday’s practice, Menzie laid out a receiver in a routine drill, causing Morris to yell out “ease up on the friendly fire.”
Menzie’s response: “You can’t be afraid to be aggressive and go out there and tackle somebody.”