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Horse Tracks: Aqib Talib impressed by rookie defensive backs

Through the course of OTA's, Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib has been impressed with what he has seen in regard to rookie defensive backs Will Parks and Justin Simmons.

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Good Morning, Bronos Country.

It takes a lot to catch the eye and earn praise from three-time Pro-Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib, but rookie defensive backs Justin Simmons and Will Parks have done that thus far through the early moments of OTA's with the Denver Broncos.

Talib lauded their diligence not only on the field, but in regard to learning the playbook as well.

"They’re working. They’re definitely doing better and better in the class room, and they bring it to the field. They’re working. This is the time where you get in shape and you learn that playbook. They definitely are learning that playbook."

When asked what impressed him the most about Simmons and Parks, he repeated himself by mentioning one thing — work ethic.

"They’re working. I’ve seen rookies come in and be lazy and think they’re bigger than the program. These guys close their mouths and put their head down, and they’re definitely working. That’s a start," stated Talib.

Some rookies take their drafting for granted and history has shown that some don't put in the work necessary to become great players at the NFL level.  Outside of catastrophic injury, rarely does a player fail to succeed because he doesn't have the physical abilities to play in the pros.

Most always, it is the lack of mental preparation and failure to treat football as one's sole career that ends up derailing the aspirations of many who earn their way into the league.

That doesn't seem like it's going to be a problem for Simmons or Parks, who are doing whatever it takes to earn reps and carve their role with the Broncos.

Talib noted that the two rookies won't have to go it alone and that he will be there to help them whenever asked, but mentioned that trial by fire is the best way he can help acclimate the young rookies to the rigors of the NFL.

"Just having them out there with us. The more that those guys are out there with us and they kind of see full speed—get thrown into the fire. That’s the best way to learn," said Talib.  "That’s kind of what the coaches are doing, throwing them into the fire. I think they’re doing a good job."

And if Simmons and Parks continue to keep their noses to the grindstone and work diligently at their craft, you can expect them to play an integral role for the Broncos, whether it is in sub-packages or on special teams for the 2016 season.

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