The Denver Broncos drafted nine players in the 2011 draft and they are getting a lot of playing time. In fact, the Broncos rookies are averaging an NFL high 5.8 starts and 407.6 plays from scrimmage this year.
The most notable rookie on the roster is without a doubt Von Miller. Miller was selected for his first Pro Bowl appearance with 12.0 sacks on the season.
However, the rookie has had a major drop off in performance in the last two games. Against the Patriots and the Bills he had just one tackle in each contest and zero sacks.
“There’s that big cast on his thumb,” John Fox said. “It’s hard to play this game with both hands, let alone with one.”
Miller’s production has decreased since he had surgery to repair his thumb earlier in the month. Miller’s doctors and the team’s training staff created three different types of casts for Miller to wear before they found the ideal fit for his hand. However, one might question if a different type of cast should be created.
“The different type of cast is not going to let him use his hand any differently cause we still have to mobilize the thumb,” Fox said. “We’ll make due. He’ll get better and so will we.”
The Broncos desperately need Miller’s production in the pass rush game. In the past two weeks, Tom Brady lead his offense to 451 yards and Ryan Fitzpatrick led his offense to 351 yards.
The Broncos are hoping that the Miller-Dumervil pass rushing combo is enough to create more Mile High headaches for Kyle Orton in Denver.