Wesley Woodyard's role on defense will expand. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Broncos Player Profile: Wesley Woodyard

Wesley Woodyard an been an important player for Denver Broncos for the past three seasons, particularly on special teams. Woodyard has served as a special teams captain for good reason. He’s vocal on the field and in the locker room, and he gives his best on every single down.

To increase Woodyard’s responsibilities, he will most likely be starting at right linebacker as D.J. Williams sits out 3-4 weeks with a dislocated elbow. After leading the team in tackles for years, Williams will be missed indeed, but if there’s one person to carry on his aggressive playing style, it’s Woodyard.

The undrafted linebacker out of Kentucky has 137 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception in 43 career games. That’s nothing to write home about, but he will be counted on to cover some of the biggest tight ends around in Oakland’s Kevin Boss (6′”6, 253 lbs.), and Cincinnati’s Jermaine Gresham (6’5″, 260 lbs.).

At 6’0″, 222 lbs., Woodyard didn’t really thrive in Denver’s 3-4 defense for the past couple of seasons. Now that the team is playing an aggressive 4-3 with a lot of pressure coming up front, it should make the linebacker’s jobs easier.

In three preseason games, Woodyard has 11 tackles and 1 pass deflection.

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