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Old 07-11-2016, 07:38 PM   #1
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Broncos own the best front-seven in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus

By Scotty Payne  @Skotty_Payne on Jul 11, 2016, 2:07p 44


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Even without Malik Jackson, the Denver Broncos own the best front seven in the NFL.


Even without stud defensive end Malik Jackson, the guys and gals over at Pro Football Focus believe that the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos own the best defensive front-seven in the NFL.

Pro Football Focus has been reviewing and ranking all 32 NFL teams positional units this offseason. Well, today they took a look at all 32 teams front sevens and ranking them from first to last. The team coming in at number one is our very own Denver Broncos.

Projected starters: DE Vance Walker, NT Sylvester Williams, DE Derek Wolfe; OLB Von Miller, OLB DeMarcus Ware; ILB Brandon Marshall, ILB Todd Davis

Other names to know: DE Jared Crick, DE Adam Gotsis; OLB Shaquil Barrett, OLB Shane Ray

Key stat: Denver recorded pressure on 48.9 percent of passing plays in their sub defense, the best mark in the NFL in 2015.

The reigning Super Bowl champions clinched the Lombardi Trophy with suffocating defense, and despite the loss of Malik Jackson (Jaguars) and Danny Trevathan (Bears), the Broncos still boast a powerful defensive front. Denver is led by a four-strong pack of pass-rushers, but defensive linemen like Walker, Wolfe, and Williams can both eat space to give their edge rushers room and capitalize when teams overcompensate to counter the threat of Miller, Ware, and company. Replacing Trevathan next to Brandon Marshall is the biggest challenge facing this defense.

The Broncos do have an embarrassment of riches at the edge rushing position.

Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller and future Hall Of Famer DeMarcus Ware are the Broncos starters and are arguably the best-starting edge rushing duo in the NFL. Now their two backups include 2015 first-round pick Shane Ray and emerging star Shaquil Barrett.

Both of those two could be starters on most teams in the NFL, but they give Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips two other edge guys to spell in and keep Ware and Miller fresh.

Brandon Marshall is the leader in the middle of the Broncos defense and first-time starter Todd Davis will be playing opposite of him. Marshall is a proven player, but Davis will need to prove himself this summer. With that said, Davis has looked good in limited playing time thus far.

Along the defensive line, the Broncos are without Malik Jackson but still, have a solid unit. Derek Wolfe played just as well, if not better than Jackson at the end of last year. Now he will need to continue to step up and be the dominant force along the defensive line.

Vance Walker played well in a rotational role last season and will need to continue that this season. Eat up blockers and allow the linebackers to make plays, and stuff running lanes.

In the middle, the Broncos have former first-round pick, Sylvester Williams. He is entering a contract year, so hopefully we get a career year from him this year.

Other names to know are rookie second-round pick Adam Gotsis, veteran Jared Crick, Kenny Anunike, and former first-round pick Phil Taylor.

This Broncos front seven is the best in football and one of the reasons why they will be a dominant force again in 2016. What should worry NFL teams again this year is that we haven't even started mentioning the Broncos secondary that is also the league's best unit.

The orange crush 2.0 is alive and well in Denver.


See where the 31 other NFL teams stack up: http://pffoc.us/29w9njT


http://www.milehighreport.com/2016/7...o-pro-football


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Most consistent players in the NFL the last 5 years

6. DeMarcus Ware, OLB, Broncos

Despite often appearing hurt, Ware rarely allows injuries to keep him off the field. He remains a dominant pass-rusher, complementing Von Miller perfectly on the Broncos’ Super Bowl-winning defense. Ware has an astonishing 243 knockdowns (sacks and hits) in nine seasons, proving his longevity over the past decade. Over the past half-decade, he has 62 sacks, 58 hits, and 180 hurries. That stat line is a good career for most players. Consistency has eluded Ware against the run, but that negative pales in comparison to the terror he’s inflicted upon opposing quarterbacks.

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Not sure I want Vance Walker starting, but then again it's Wade so who cares.

Gonna be fun to watch this defense go again this year.
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Not sure I want Vance Walker starting, but then again it's Wade so who cares.

Gonna be fun to watch this defense go again this year.
A reporter watching Broncos Camp said Walker has been the surprise of camp... which seemed kind of odd to me... I mean he has reached his ceiling hasn't he? I believe it was Andrew Mason. Walker is tough player not sure if he is an impact player but we'll see.
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A reporter watching Broncos Camp said Walker has been the surprise of camp... which seemed kind of odd to me... I mean he has reached his ceiling hasn't he? I believe it was Andrew Mason. Walker is tough player not sure if he is an impact player but we'll see.
I know there was talk about him being better than advertised but man. That would be interesting. Wade is good at getting the most out of players but even he can't be that good...can he?
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I know there was talk about him being better than advertised but man. That would be interesting. Wade is good at getting the most out of players but even he can't be that good...can he?
After Darian Stewart transformed into a stud under Wade, I'll never say never.
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Not sure I want Vance Walker starting, but then again it's Wade so who cares.

Gonna be fun to watch this defense go again this year.
Vance Walker and Jared Crick can get just as much production (if not more) than Malik Jackson, at 25% the cost. Walker has always been known for getting lots of pressures. Crick has always been known for getting lots of tackles.
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That's Jack crap!
Why? Did you personally analyze every run play and evaluate DT's performance as a blocker? What methodology did you use?
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Why? Did you personally analyze every run play and evaluate DT's performance as a blocker? What methodology did you use?


Was a joke. Price said in another thread DT was useless this year and did jack crap.
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Was a joke. Price said in another thread DT was useless this year and did jack crap.
Sorry...Yeah, and we all know that price has no history of baseless hyperbole.
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After Darian Stewart transformed into a stud under Wade, I'll never say never.
I mean ****, that's the truth. Well said.

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Vance Walker and Jared Crick can get just as much production (if not more) than Malik Jackson, at 25% the cost. Walker has always been known for getting lots of pressures. Crick has always been known for getting lots of tackles.
I trust Wade, not a fan of Crick at all but he's a solid rotation guy.
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Sorry...Yeah, and we all know that price has no history of baseless hyperbole.

Guess who saw it and said 100 catches is worthless too.


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Guess who saw it and said 100 catches is worthless too.


Hey don't get me involved in this. I'm innocent.

Weird that the top 3 blocking WRs are basically superstars in their own right..
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Weird that the top 3 blocking WRs are basically superstars in their own right..
Clearly you missed the whole "DT is not a top 10 WR." debate. Shame.
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Vance Walker and Jared Crick can get just as much production (if not more) than Malik Jackson.
Um, er ... love the confidence, but no.
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Not sure I want Vance Walker starting, but then again it's Wade so who cares.

Gonna be fun to watch this defense go again this year.
I want the Red Panther Savage starting.


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From the article: "The orange crush 2.0 is alive and well in Denver."

That pretty much sums it up.
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I'm pretty happy with Lynch thanks.
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Was a joke. Price said in another thread DT was useless this year and did jack crap.
I said DT was worthless after his mom got out of the halfway house, and posted gamelog stats to prove it.
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I'm pretty happy with Lynch thanks.
To paraphrase a popular quote... Paxton Lynch means never having to see Trevor Siemian start
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To paraphrase a popular quote... Paxton Lynch means never having to see Trevor Siemian start
Don't be too sure, Scribe.

I expect Siemian to get most of the starts this year, even If he isn't the opening day guy. Lynch won't get any starts this year.

2017 ofcourse is a different story.
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