|09-06-2007, 02:51 AM||#1|
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Broncos Team Report 9/5/07
Unselfishness is needed to play defensive tackle in the Broncos' new scheme, since it's all about consuming blockers and allowing others to flow to the ball. In releasing Jimmy Kennedy on the heels of trading Gerard Warren, there aren't many egos to feed. The question is whether there's enough talent to do that job effectively on a regular basis outside of Sam Adams, whose snaps may be limited given his age. Amon Gordon, Marcus Thomas and Antwon Burton have virtually no experience. Alvin McKinley has been a functional if unspectacular contributor throughout his career. Denver will know quickly if its experiment is working, with the Bills, Jaguars and Colts on the schedule in the first month. ...
Elvis Dumervil has augmented his already impressive quick first step with a more varied array of pass-rush moves. And it appears 10 sacks are well within reach. But his biggest challenge will come against the run now that it appears he'll be a starting defensive end. Dumervil combats his lack of bulk with long arms to keep tackles off him. But he can get blown off the ball when he can't get under linemen's pads. And he'll certainly be tested often. The Broncos may be better served with rookie Tim Crowder on early downs. An ankle injury sidelined Crowder late in camp but he fits the mold physically better than Dumervil.
SCOUTING REPORT: Past knee problems wrecked Nate Webster's early career and have robbed him of some of his lateral speed. But Webster still moves around well enough to cover ground and make plays. And he finally appears healthy. Webster's a high-energy player whose intensity rubs off on teammates and he will deliver a wallop in the run game, which produces a similar effect. As the Broncos' new starting strongside linebacker, he'll have to prove he can stay with tight ends in the passing game. But Denver likely will sub safety Curome Cox often in long-yardage situations to avert matchup problems. Webster's value extends to the fact he also can play middle linebacker.