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May 17, 2014

Colts Notebook: Cox hopes to work into cornerback competition

INDIANAPOLIS — Qua Cox was the star of the first day of the Indianapolis Colts' rookie mini-camp, deftly stepping in front of a pass from quarterback Seth Lobato and racing into the end zone.

"It felt great, man, just coming out here and making plays," Cox said at his locker Saturday on the camp's second day. "Coming from a small school, it's a great opportunity just to be out there with those guys."

The cornerback hails from Jackson State, the same Mississippi school that produced Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton, and he has NFL bloodlines. His brother, James Patrick, played two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one with the New England Patriots.

At 6-foot and 185 pounds, he also has the size that suggests he could be a fit for Colts head coach Chuck Pagano's physical style of play. But Cox was not selected in last weekend's NFL draft, and he has the trademark hunger of an underdog.

"I feel like I'm going out there and doing what I have to do, but I never feel comfortable anywhere I go," he said. "Because when you get comfortable you start to get lazy, and you start losing focus on what you have to do. So I never get comfortable."

There could be an opportunity for a young defensive back to make Indianapolis' 53-man roster. Starting corners Vontae Davis and Greg Toler, nickelback Darius Butler and reserve Josh Gordy appear to be the only locks as offseason workouts begin in earnest.

Cox is one of five undrafted corners signed by the Colts — joining Florida's Loucheiz Purifoy, Syracuse's Keon Lyn, Delaware's Marcus Burley and California's Kameron Jackson. A sixth — Kent State's Darius Polk — was released Thursday.

So the competition to impress the coaching staff is on. But Cox isn't sweating that process.

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