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baja
09-11-2010, 03:33 PM
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Kevin Vickerson understands the business of professional football. The fifth-year defensive lineman spent time early in his career on practice squads and even had a stint in NFL Europe as he tried to establish himself in the league.
But Vickerson, who played 20 total games the past two seasons with Tennessee, had never been released by an NFL team before Monday.
A day after being let go by Seattle, Vickerson joined the Broncos. But the 27-year-old's short time as a free agent remains a memory that will stick with him for a long time.
"It's stressful, bro," Vickerson said. "Let's just say you lose your job right now, just out of the blue. You're stressed out like 'Why?" You're second-guessing yourself trying to understand the reason."
After several days in the Mile High City, Vickerson can focus on looking forward. He's pleased to have joined a veteran defensive line that he said will bring out the best in him as a player. The Broncos hope their newest addition can use those lessons learned along the way to bolster their defensive front.
Vickerson feels like he's off to a great start. In a short time, he has been awed by the position meetings led by defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely, who is in his 16th NFL season, with input from proven veterans such as Jamal Williams, Justin Bannanand Ryan McBean.
"It's just knowledge," Vickerson said of what he's liked about working with the group. "It's players being aware of situations that might come up or will come up in a game and then being able to talk about it going through the game plan."
The Broncos targeted Vickerson to further strengthen that newlook unit heading into the regular season. The defensive lineman joined Andre Brown, Chris Clark and Dan Gronkowski on the list of new additions to the active roster brought in after the end of the preseason.
Vickerson has accumulated 75 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 24 career games. That includes a career year in 2009 when he played in 13 games with two starts for the Titans, who traded him to the Seahawks in April.
On Tuesday, Head Coach Josh McDaniels said the team was pleasantly surprised Vickerson became available, especially after a strong preseason in Seattle.
"We just felt like he could really give us some flexibility," McDaniels said. "He's played over the nose, and he's also played on the end. He gives you some pass rush, and he's still a relatively younger player."
Vickerson is already starting to feel at home in his new locker room. He called his new teammates "a bunch of good guys" and said he's quickly picking up the defensive assignments required of linemen in defensive coordinator Don 'Wink' Martindale's scheme.
When asked if he'll be ready to contribute in Sunday's opener, Vickerson replied, "no question." The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder said he hopes to bring a physical attitude that can help the team right away.
Part of the reason for Vickerson's rapid assimilation to the Broncos defense is no doubt the players around him. The Michigan State product said it didn't take him long to realize there was something special about the team's defensive line group, and he's ready to create his own role within the unit.
After a difficult beginning to the week, Vickerson's first few days around Dove Valley have him excited to get his Broncos career started this weekend.
"We're just getting it down for the first game of the season," Vickerson said. "A lot of guys have jitters this time of year. But I think since I'm in a room with a bunch of veteran guys, we're just like, 'OK, let's get ready to go play.' We know the task at hand."

http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Starting-Fresh/b9ffda5e-d7f3-489b-a10b-35d8029bc65c

baja
10-04-2010, 04:02 PM
So do you know him now?

He played a hell of a game the last two weeks when he got his chances.

#99 is a player, look for that number.

epicSocialism4tw
10-04-2010, 04:09 PM
He holds his gap pretty well. Big dude for sure.

Rulon Velvet Jones
10-04-2010, 04:10 PM
Vickerson was a nice find. Going back and watching tape of the Titans game (scout tape, not a TV broadcast, so nyah) - he had some nice pushes, but I was impressed at how DJ, Ayers and Dawkins were flying around. Nice trio.

PRBronco
10-04-2010, 04:14 PM
Pretty sweet that he got to play his two ex teams so soon, lucky for us :)

OldschoolFreak
10-04-2010, 04:20 PM
Didn't that dude bounce around various practice squads and get cut by the Steelers a bunch of time before becoming all-world NFL defensive MVP?

Here's to hoping!:sunshine:

Shoemaker
10-04-2010, 04:24 PM
Vickerson had a great game on Sunday. McDaniels thought so too; I read somewhere he gave him one of the game balls, along with Orton, Lloyd, Dawkins, Prater, and DJ.

A very nice find on the waiver wire by the FO.

Broncos_OTM
10-04-2010, 04:25 PM
I e been impressed. He can definetly stack shed and locate the ball carrier

montrose
10-04-2010, 04:32 PM
I was impressed at how DJ, Ayers and Dawkins were flying around. Nice trio.

DJ's having a great year and a half in this system and Ayers is turning into a ****ing monster. FYI, I think he has the same amount of sacks as Orakpo and more tackles. Just sayin...

UberBroncoMan
10-04-2010, 04:54 PM
I'm hoping his performance vs the Titans wasn't just him getting the star over McBean vs a team he was a part of for 3 years (Titans). Kind of a vengeance thing.

azbroncfan
10-05-2010, 09:00 AM
Just because he didn't make the Titans doesn't mean he can't play. They are 8 deep over there.

Mogulseeker
10-05-2010, 10:37 AM
I, too, have noticed the play of Vickerson and I am pleased. Better than McBean, IMO.

Traveler
10-05-2010, 10:43 AM
What's Vickerson real weight? Last I've seen, he was listed at 321 lbs on DB.com. The DB article list him at 305.

Hope he continues playing well and keeps McBean on the bench.

gtown
10-05-2010, 12:03 PM
Looks really physical out there. We really need a difference maker to come through on the DL for us. Those guys take forever to develop and hopefully we are getting Vickerson as the light is coming on for him.

Mogulseeker
10-05-2010, 12:07 PM
He's an effing giant is what he is:

http://www.joshmcdanielssucks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Vickerson-McD.jpg

bronco militia
10-05-2010, 12:09 PM
http://dpphoto.slideshowpro.com/albums/005/474/album-140391/cache/09.19.10a04576.sJPG_900_540_0_95_1_50_50.sJPG?1284 979269

bronco militia
10-05-2010, 12:09 PM
oops...ya beat me by two minutes