Berry Knows What’s Coming … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs

Eric Berry went on his bye weekend vacation with Peyton Manning.

No, he didn’t head to Indianapolis or meet the Colts down in Jacksonville where they were upset by the Jaguars on Sunday.

Berry had Manning and the Colts offense with him on the plane and at home in Georgia, where he enjoyed his time off by studying one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

“The coaches had cutups ready so I took the DVD with me and watched it flying down, over the weekend and on the plane flying back, trying to get ready any way I can,” Berry said. “He’s an amazing quarterback.”

Not that Berry hasn’t seen it all before. Yes, he’s an NFL rookie and yes Sunday’s game will be the first where he lines up in a secondary against the Colts offense. But Berry has seen Manning up close and personal. All three years that the safety was at the University of Tennessee, former Volunteers QB Manning returned to campus to workout with the football team.

“He always came back and worked seven-on-seven with us as he got ready to get back into his season,” Berry said. “He takes control of his offense and his team, in any situation he always competes. That’s all you can ask of any player. He’s a great quarterback.”

In fact, Berry said Manning could be around campus one day and Tennessee receivers who were having trouble adapting to a new offense for the Volunteers would very quickly be clicking with No. 18.

“We had three different offensive coordinators the three years when I was there,” Berry said. “The wide receivers would be having a difficult time learning the new offense. But for some reason, when he came back it was like they were working on one chord, and they were on all cylinders. It was pretty cool seeing that.”

And it was pretty cool for a young defensive back to see one of the game’s best in action, even if it was just seven-on-seven.

“I learned not to bite on the pump fake,” Berry said with a laugh.

There will be no fear in Berry when it comes to stepping on the field against Manning and the Colts. He understands he’ll have his hands full against the likes of TE Dallas Clark, WR Reggie Wayne, RB Joseph Addai and a host of other weapons that Manning will use.

Maybe it’s the fact he’s seen Manning so many times before, but the rookie likes the opportunity it presents to the Chiefs defense.

“I have a great deal of confidence in guys like Brandon Flowers and Tamba Hali and the rest of this defense,” Berry said. “We’ve got Mike Vrabel who has played a lot of games against the Colts, and we’ve got our coaching staff and coordinator (Romeo Crennel) who worked against them a lot.

“You always want to play against the best, and there aren’t many better than Peyton and that offense.”

So much so for Berry that he didn’t mind taking Manning and the Colts offense on his little vacation.

“I’m taking him home with me tonight,” Berry said. “I’ll be watching him tomorrow (Tuesday) on our day off.”

JARRAD PAGE ENJOYS MONDAY NIGHT PATRIOTS VICTORY

Former Chiefs-now Patriots safety Jarrad Page put the final nail in the Dolphins coffin on Monday night football, intercepting a pass thrown by former teammate Tyler Thigpen in New England’s 41-14 blowout victory.

It was late in the game when Thigpen was sent in to replace Dolphins starter Chad Henne, who had just thrown a pick six to New England CB Patrick Chung. Thigpen ended up throwing six times, completing two for 15 yards. He also ran for 12 yards in his place play of the night.

Thigpen’s sixth throw was to WR Brian Hartline, who had the ball bounce off his hands and that’s when Page grabbed it just before it hit the ground.

NFL PERSONNEL FILE FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 4

  • BILLS – signed OL Mansfield Wrotto from their practice squad; released OT Jamon Meredith.
  • CHARGERS – the NFL suspended S Steve Gregory for four games for violating the league’s rules on performance enhancing drugs. Gregory tested positive in May and appealed the sanctions, which were rejected; placed OLB Jyles Tucker on the injured-reserve list (pectoral muscle), ending his season.
  • DOLPHINS – signed ILB Austin Spitler off their practice squad.
  • FALCONS – activated LB Robert James from the suspended list.
  • 49ers – released S Michael Lewis.
  • JETS – WR Santonio Holmes will return to the active roster after serving his four-game suspension; released WRs Patrick Turner and David Clowney; re-signed DE Howard Green.
  • PACKERS – will place S Morgan Burnett on the injured-reserve list (torn ACL) ending his season.
  • SEAHAWKS – The NFL suspended LB Leroy Hill for one game and fined him two game checks for violations of the league’s personal conduct policy. Hill is on the injured-reserve list, so the suspension will pass with no problem. But he will lose about $245,000 of pay for the two game checks.
  • STEELERS – welcomed QB Ben Roethlisberger back from his four-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
  • TEXANS – welcomed LB Brian Cushing back from his four-game suspension for violating the league’s rules on performance enhancing drugs. 
  • TITANS – will place DE Derrick Morgan on the injured-reserve list (torn ACL) ending his season; the NFL fined defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil $40,000 for his one-finger salute to the officials in Sunday’s game and threatened a suspension for his next offense.

One Response to “Berry Knows What’s Coming … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • October 5, 2010  - el cid says:

    So far Berry has bit on pump fakes and ends up chasing TEs. He will learn and, after 3 games, his learning curve has shortened. Manning is the best of this era and Berry will be sharp or toast.




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