Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers was huffing and puffing through his six minute press conference after practice on Friday.
“I’m tired now,” Ayers said. “I literally walked from the toughest part of our workout straight to here. If I’m tired here, hopefully it can translate to I’m not tired in the game.”
The Broncos defense is going to need all of its legs and lungs for the aggressive style defense Jack Del Rio plans to employ.
“I’m doing a little bit more attacking type things instead of read and reaction,” Ayers said. “I think the scheme itself is kind of similar, but just the philosophy and the way we’re attacking is different, and it plays into a lot of guys strengths.”
That includes the rushing strengths of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil too. Ayers, Miller, and Dumervil combined for 24 sacks last season. For being a first round draft pick in 2009, however, Ayers is looking to get more into the same pass rushing realm as Miller and Dumervil. He contributed just three sacks last season.
Miller and Duemrvil are changing their physiques this offseason. Miller is looking to add some healthy weight while Dumervil is looking to drop a few pounds. Ayers is working on his body as well.
“I’ve been working on my diet a lot, trying to get leaner, faster,” Ayers said. “Most importantly, I don’t ever want to get tired so that’s something we’re emphasizing in the weight room.”
Entering his fourth year in the league, and playing alongside Miller and Dumervil, Ayers has the potential for a breakout year. While much of opposing offensive lines are worried about Miller and Dumervil, Ayers can sneak through the back door to rack up the sacks.
This is his year, if he wants it.