Projecting 2014 Denver Broncos Starters on Defense

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Jun 10, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) warms up during mini camp at the Broncos practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Despite what we may have seen last year, the Denver Broncos are absolutely loaded on defense. Players coming back from injury as well as a spending spree in free agency have given the Broncos enviable depth on the defensive side of the ball, and certainly haven’t made projecting the starters on that side of the ball easy to predict.

Here’s a look at how the Broncos might open camp this year, possibly even how they might open the season.


DeMarcus Ware

Defensive End,

Ware came over as a street free agent from the Cowboys, and Broncos fans couldn’t be more excited. Reports out of minicamp indicated that Ware looked as explosive as he did in his hay day with the Cowboys, and that’s what the Broncos are expecting, signing him to a $30 million contract. With Ware’s ability off the edge, the Broncos will have one of the most feared pass rush duos in the NFL between he and Von Miller.

Terrance Knighton

Defensive Tackle,

Knighton broke out last season, emerging as one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL. He not only is able to eat up blockers when needed but Pot Roast can make some plays behind the line of scrimmage, and give the Broncos an added boost in the pass rush department. This is an absolutely massive man who is playing out the 2nd and final year of his contract with the Broncos. He could be in line for a big payday next offseason.

Sylvester Williams

Defensive Tackle,

A slow start to the rookie season of Sylvester Williams is causing him some to be vastly underrated going into year two. This is a big, strong dude with quickness and violent hands that can put pressure on the quarterback from the interior defensive line. The Broncos’ first round pick in 2013 is a breakout candidate as a sophomore, and should be firmly entrenched in the starting lineup.

Derek Wolfe

Defensive End,

Wolfe missed a good chunk of last season after some seizure-like symptoms prior to the Broncos’ game in Kansas City, but he probably didn’t miss nearly as much time as he should have. Back this year and bigger than he has been entering his third year now in the NFL, Wolfe is ready to again stake his claim on the left defensive end position where he has held down the fort since being drafted by the Broncos. He will have a tough training camp battle with 2013 breakout player Malik Jackson, however.
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