The defensive tackle position in Denver is often talked about. When the Broncos started OTAs last week, it was Kevin Vickerson and Justin Bannan lining up with the first team defense (Ty Warren and Derek Wolfe are not participating yet).
Vickerson was placed on injured reserve last season after suffering an ankle injury. According to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, Vickerson didn’t feel like himself after dropping his playing weight down to 275 pounds.
“Last year,” Vickerson said, “I didn’t feel like myself. Sometimes I was feeling I was too light, and I couldn’t anchor down at the point of attack. I couldn’t do the things I needed to do to hold my own.” – Kevin Vickerson (Denver Post)
That’s why Vickerson has packed on some healthy pounds this offseason. He now weighs 324 pounds, but he’s dropped his body fat percentage to 24% (down from 37-40%).
When the 2011 season ended, defensive line was the spot that had glaring weaknesses. The Broncos have done a fine job of building up the line and adding depth.