How good is the Denver Broncos’ linebacker group? Very good. If all of the pieces come together, what was a relative area of weakness in 2013, because of injuries and suspensions, could become one of the team’s strengths.
Let’s take a look at the projected starting lineup.
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As a group, it doesn’t get much better than this. Yesterday, BleacherReport’s Matt Miller ranked the Broncos LB corps #7 overall in his rankings. He had this to say:
"The healthy return of Von Miller will be an amazing gain for the Denver Broncos, and it will allow them to field a linebacking corps that can go toe-to-toe with almost any offense in the NFL.Miller is a one-man wrecking crew, and on a more well-rounded defense in 2014, he has to be considered a Defensive Player of the Year candidate in the preseason. With DeMarcus Ware and Terrance Knighton drawing attention from offensive lines, Miller should see single blocking situations often.Opposite Miller is Danny Trevathan, a former Kentucky Wildcat with exceptional agility and vision from the weak side. He’s a three-tool linebacker with the ability to stop the run, rush the passer and drop into coverage without seeing his play drop off.The middle linebacker spot isn’t quite as defined, and there could be a competition for reps, but the Broncos are starting to develop depth and competition at a key position in John Fox’s defense."
Obviously, outside of Dove Valley and Broncos Country, there isn’t a lot of faith in Nate Irving. Give it time. When training camp opens up in 8 days, we’ll get to see if the faith that the Broncos have in Irving is justified.