Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) chases down Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (left) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos defeated the Seattle Seahawks in their first pre-season game, but we didn’t get to see a whole lot of new addition DeMarcus Ware, who is one of the most highly anticipated newcomers on a star studded Denver roster this year.
Ware’s dominance was on display immediately for the Broncos.
On the Seahawks’ first possession, Ware displayed a level of play that reminded me of Malik Jackson’s performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars a year ago on a drive in which he single-handedly wrecked every play.
Seattle’s first running play was forced inside where Nate Irving made a really nice hit to stop the back for nearly no gain. Do you know who penetrated into the backfield and forced the play inside? DeMarcus Ware.
On another play, Wilson was rolling out to his right where he is so effective, and Ware exploded into his face and forced him to throw an incomplete pass. Ware hit Wilson on the play, but it was all for not as T.J. Ward was flagged for some form of illegal contact on the back end.
Ware followed that up by sacking Wilson and helped the Broncos eventually force a punt.
The Broncos knew they were getting a class act when they picked up Ware from the Cowboys, but little did the rest of us know they’d be getting this version of Ware, which looks as explosive as I’ve seen him in recent years.
From what we’ve seen and heard coming out of Denver Broncos training camp and OTAs, the ‘old’ DeMarcus Ware is back. And what we saw tonight is nothing compared to what Ware can do when he has Von Miller out there with him causing all kinds of problems for opposing quarterbacks.
With Ware, it’s clear the Broncos’ speed up front has increased substantially. In fact, the defense as a whole looked a lot faster.
This was an exciting performance by the Broncos on multiple levels but the explosiveness I saw from number 94 was something that particularly stood out.