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    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- If anyone somehow missed free agency and the months since, seeing No. 94 fly around the field at the Broncos' first OTA practice might have been a little surprising.

    Former Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware donned the jersey -- worn in 2013 by Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton -- for the first time Wednesday and looked quite explosive.

    Not that Knighton, who now wears No. 98, isn't nimble for his size. But the two are separated by 77 pounds and as Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio said last week, Ware's "got some juice."

    He leapt out and just missed knocking down a bubble screen, then arrived in Peyton Manning's face on a bootleg play fake a few plays later.

    "Being able to now run full speed and do all these drills and feel like you have all your confidence back, I think that's what it's about," Ware said. "At the end of the day, you never lose your edge."

    Ware is coming off an injury-filled season in Dallas where he was bothered by elbow and quad injuries. Though he says he isn't 100 percent yet, he's made great progress with the Broncos' medical staff.

    "They have a lot of well-rounded people that know exactly what they're doing to really speed up the recovery part of everything," he said.

    The playbook hasn't been a difficult transition for Ware, who played with several defensive coordinators in varied 3-4 and 4-3 schemes for the Cowboys. Through it all, the nine-year veteran has averaged 13.0 sacks per year since he entered the league, even after tallying just six in 2013.

    He says he's already heard from several of his new teammates that they played as him in EA Sports' Madden video games growing up. As he settles into the locker room, Ware is already sharing his expertise and looking to be a leader.

    "Guys like Malik [Jackson] and [Derek] Wolfe... they've been a big two-gap, big, brute guys and now they're trying to get a little bit of finesse in their game with pass rushing," he said. "I'm able to teach them a lot of things that I do and they've been able to convert that over to the field."

    "You sit back in the catbird seat and you just lead by example. Eventually, the guys, they know exactly that you mean business."

    The one thing Ware hasn't quite adapted to yet? The elevation.

    "You've got to get in better shape playing up there, especially with Peyton (Manning) doing the fast-paced offense," Ware said. "So that's actually going to help us out during the season."

  • #2
    Originally posted by baja View Post
    Though he says he isn't 100 percent yet, he's made great progress with the Broncos' medical staff.

    "They have a lot of well-rounded people that know exactly what they're doing to really speed up the recovery part of everything," he said.

    Famous last words.

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    • #3
      "They have a lot of well-rounded people that know exactly what they're doing to really speed up the recovery part of everything," he said.

      Champ might not agree.

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      • #4
        The one thing Ware hasn't quite adapted to yet? The elevation.

        "You've got to get in better shape playing up there, especially with Peyton (Manning) doing the fast-paced offense," Ware said. "So that's actually going to help us out during the season."

        I found this part interesting. Here is yet another new uy having difficulty adjusting to the altitude. I assume he's been in town for a while so imagine when you get here on Saturday and play on Sunday. You hear rival players all the time down playing the altitude effect but many of our own players say it matters big time.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by baja View Post
          ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- If anyone somehow missed free agency and the months since, seeing No. 94 fly around the field at the Broncos' first OTA practice might have been a little surprising.

          Former Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware donned the jersey -- worn in 2013 by Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton -- for the first time Wednesday and looked quite explosive.

          Not that Knighton, who now wears No. 98, isn't nimble for his size. But the two are separated by 77 pounds and as Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio said last week, Ware's "got some juice."

          He leapt out and just missed knocking down a bubble screen, then arrived in Peyton Manning's face on a bootleg play fake a few plays later.

          "Being able to now run full speed and do all these drills and feel like you have all your confidence back, I think that's what it's about," Ware said. "At the end of the day, you never lose your edge."

          Ware is coming off an injury-filled season in Dallas where he was bothered by elbow and quad injuries. Though he says he isn't 100 percent yet, he's made great progress with the Broncos' medical staff.

          "They have a lot of well-rounded people that know exactly what they're doing to really speed up the recovery part of everything," he said.

          The playbook hasn't been a difficult transition for Ware, who played with several defensive coordinators in varied 3-4 and 4-3 schemes for the Cowboys. Through it all, the nine-year veteran has averaged 13.0 sacks per year since he entered the league, even after tallying just six in 2013.

          He says he's already heard from several of his new teammates that they played as him in EA Sports' Madden video games growing up. As he settles into the locker room, Ware is already sharing his expertise and looking to be a leader.

          "Guys like Malik [Jackson] and [Derek] Wolfe... they've been a big two-gap, big, brute guys and now they're trying to get a little bit of finesse in their game with pass rushing," he said. "I'm able to teach them a lot of things that I do and they've been able to convert that over to the field."

          "You sit back in the catbird seat and you just lead by example. Eventually, the guys, they know exactly that you mean business."

          The one thing Ware hasn't quite adapted to yet? The elevation.

          "You've got to get in better shape playing up there, especially with Peyton (Manning) doing the fast-paced offense," Ware said. "So that's actually going to help us out during the season."
          Oh no . Just these two words alone will likely generate a derailment of this thread

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          • #6
            I know it's early but it is sounding like Elway has hit another home run with DeMarcus Ware.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by baja View Post
              I know it's early but it is sounding like Elway has hit another home run with DeMarcus Ware.
              Health is the concern of any defensive player over 30.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CEH View Post
                Health is the concern of any defensive player over 30.
                Why would you limit that to defensive player?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by baja View Post

                  "Guys like Malik [Jackson] and [Derek] Wolfe... they've been a big two-gap, big, brute guys and now they're trying to get a little bit of finesse in their game with pass rushing," he said. "I'm able to teach them a lot of things that I do and they've been able to convert that over to the field."
                  Oh $h!t. Here we go again.

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                  • #10
                    I like the part of them playing D Ware on the Broncos on Madden.

                    Something I would do if I still played Madden

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by baja View Post
                      I found this part interesting. Here is yet another new uy having difficulty adjusting to the altitude. I assume he's been in town for a while so imagine when you get here on Saturday and play on Sunday. You hear rival players all the time down playing the altitude effect but many of our own players say it matters big time.
                      LeSean McCoy said he couldn't breathe at Mile High. I'm on my phone so can't get the
                      oxygen mask gif.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Drunken.Broncoholic2 View Post
                        "They have a lot of well-rounded people that know exactly what they're doing to really speed up the recovery part of everything," he said.

                        Champ might not agree.
                        Rahim, Wolfe, Marshall, Clady, Cutler.

                        I would hope that we wont renew Greek's contract. I understand he's a mainstay and loved in the organization... so don't fire him... just, don't renew his contract.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mogulseeker View Post
                          Rahim, Wolfe, Marshall, Clady, Cutler.

                          I would hope that we wont renew Greek's contract. I understand he's a mainstay and loved in the organization... so don't fire him... just, don't renew his contract.
                          Why would you put Rahim & Wolfe on that list? What could have Greek done to prevent their situations or how has he failed them in their recovery?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mogulseeker View Post
                            Rahim, Wolfe, Marshall, Clady, Cutler.

                            I would hope that we wont renew Greek's contract. I understand he's a mainstay and loved in the organization... so don't fire him... just, don't renew his contract.
                            You do realize that Greek is a trainer, not a doctor right? diagnosing diabetes, compartment syndrome, spinal injuries is not his job and not something he is remotely equipped to do. If you think he is not doing a good job keeping guys in shape or preventing injuries then fine, that is a valid criticism if you have some data, but calling him out for something that isn't his job is just ridiculous frankly. You might as well blame Elway, Obama or the pope for those diagnosing problems.

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                            • #15
                              I think if Ware is healthy he breaks the sack record this year.

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