Denver's defense is guaranteed to see more games lost by starters than it did last year. How can it cope?
One comparison shows why the Broncos' run defense could be in deep trouble if it can't replace its mammoth hometown hero up front.
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.
According to the five-time Pro Bowler on Denver's defensive line, the Broncos could have another Jurrell Casey in the making.
As Vic Fangio put it after practice, defensive coaches and players loved the way the scrimmage went. On the flip side, offensive players and coaches did not.
While being a third-round pick is certainly impressive, McTelvin Agim hasn’t always been in the back half of Top 100 rankings. In fact, coming out of high school, the 6-foot-3, 309-pound lineman was a five-star recruit, the No. 1 rated prospect coming out of the state of Arkansas and the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas. Talent, clearly, has never been an issue for Denver’s newest defensive lineman.
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.
John Elway can have upwards of $100 million by saying goodbye to some of the players who are under contract for the 2020 season. Here’s who would free up cap space if they Broncos let them go.
When John Elway announced last week that the Broncos would not pick up the option on right guard Ron Leary’s contract, that added another key contributor to the list of Broncos who will be on the unrestricted market when the new league year begins March 19. They can’t keep them all. They won’t keep them all. Last year, they kept…...
As 24-ounce prime porterhouses, ringing up a cool $65, sizzled in a scalding-hot plate at Del Frisco’s on Sunday night, the Denver Broncos didn’t feel like a 3-7 team. And they might have set the path for the team moving forward.
DENVER — Is he Alexander Johnson? Or is he A.J. Johnson? Forget about both. Just call the Broncos’ emerging young linebacker “Dino,” a moniker he had at the University of Tennessee, and one he finally has been able to unleash with the Broncos after over a year spent on the practice squad and the fringe of the 53-man roster…...
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…...
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.
CARSON, Calif. — This was the market correction. By myriad metrics, the Broncos’ production did not reflect that of an 0-4 team. Their flaws certainly didn’t mean they should be 4-0 or 3-1. But their attributes, when balanced with the areas in need of improvement, reflected a team that should have been .500 or 1-3. The expected win-loss ledger given…...