May 28, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive tackle DeMarcus Ware (94) during organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
After all the money spent in free agency, the draft, and everything else in between, it’s hard not to be excited about good reports coming back from Denver Broncos OTAs, which kicked off this week at Dove Valley.
One bit of news in particular, the observations of Andrew Mason (one of our favorites) indicate the early returns on the DeMarcus Ware investment by John Elway and company are rather positive:
1. Defensive end DeMarcus Ware looked like he did in his prime years prior to the injuries he suffered in 2013. With his quadriceps and elbow healed, he consistently exploded off the edge and disrupted multiple pass plays — and one potential run.
“(Peyton Manning) tried to do that bootleg play that he did on me when I played with the Cowboys — it didn’t work this time,” Ware said with a laugh, referring to Manning’s touchdown run in Week 5 of last season.
Allow me a minute to freak out.
Alright, we’re back. The Broncos immediately jumped on Ware when he was released from the Cowboys, and for good reason. Aside from some injury problems the past year or two, Ware has been arguably the league’s most consistent and dominant defender since coming into the league in 2005.
At age 31, he’s certainly not finished yet, especially as hard as he works at his craft, to stay in shape, and to be the best. To read that he looked like he did ‘in his prime years’ is an unbelievable testament to his work getting back from injury, and is also something that’s got to have Broncos coaches and players feeling giddy about what could come of this season if Ware and Von Miller are on the field together.
Think back to the sack tandem Miller formed with Elvis Dumervil, and multiply it by the talent of Ware.
I think that’s an official unit.