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One of the last people you want to see on the field when you've called a run is Broncos nose tackle Mike Purcell.

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The guys discuss Mike Purcell's contract extension, breakdown the way to beat Patriots, answer listener questions and much more.

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First, expect to see more combinations involving Shelby Harris and Mike Purcell in pass-rush situations. After all, they're the only two players left from the D-line's active complement from the first two games.

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With an off day in sight, the Broncos brought the heat on Tuesday. But one side of the ball won the day.

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Vic Fangio began Friday's practice by bringing his team together in a huddle. After a minute of Fangio addressing his team, players started to hoot and holler and get hyped for whatever message the coach was delivering.

The defense took that shot of energy and ran with it to start practice. The offense, however, didn't pick up on it one bit as they came out flat, sluggish and out of tune. The energy started to hit the offense as the practice went on.

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Not only does Denver’s $122 million allocated to the defense lead the league, but it’s also 33 percent more than the league average of $92 million. That means Vic Fangio’s unit better be darn good.

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How does Denver's defensive depth look as the draft nears?

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On Monday, Vic Fangio compared Patrick Mahomes to John Elway. Yet, on Tuesday, Von Miller said they need to shut down another part of the Chiefs' offense in order to have a chance on Thursday.

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The Broncos’ run defense found a secret sauce.

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DENVER — This is the Vic Fangio defense the Broncos expected. Coverages that confound a quarterback. Stout play from the defensive line and inside linebackers against the run. Defensive backs attacking off the edge to further discombobulate the opposing offense. A powerful interior pass rush to take advantage of the chips and double-teams thrown at Von Miller. All that allowed…...

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Up until Sunday, Johnson and Purcell each waited years for their opportunity to start in the NFL. Now, thanks to their own play, they’ll only have to wait a week for their next.

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Sitting at 0-4, Fangio had seen enough—it was time to make changes. And the changes paid off in spades.

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Here’s what we learned about Denver initial 52—not 53—man roster.

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With the offseason, training camp and preseason complete, building the roster is the only thing that stands between the Broncos and the regular season.

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With cut day less than a week away, John Elway and Co. got a jumpstart on all of the moves they have to make by Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Mile High City.

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With roughly 20 percent of the roster up for grabs entering the final stretch, here's how the bubble players stack up at each position.

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