Aug 2, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) and linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) warm up prior to the start of a scrimmage at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
He’s finally back.
The much awaited return of one of the most dangerous defensive players in all of football might be coming to an end. 2012 All-Pro linebacker Von Miller will reportedly make his debut Saturday against the Texans.
In 2012, his last full season, Miller wreaked havoc on opposing offenses, tearing through anything and everything that got in his way. Six forced fumbles and 18.5 sacks later, and in came the comparisons to legendary pass-rushers like Derrick Thomas and Lawrence Taylor. In only his second year in the NFL, Miller was on the fast track to stardom.
That all came to a screeching halt last season.
Miller saw himself get suspended for the Broncos’ first six games and then suffered a torn ACL in Week 16. He’s been recovering both physically and mentally ever since and it now seems as though he’s a changed man.
Miller has brought his weight down in the offseason and looks much more like his old self in practice. According to the Bronco’s official site report of practice, Miller is dominating in joint practices with the Texans, just like the good ole days.
"“The Broncos unit that shined brightest had to be the pass rush, led by an increasingly agile Von Miller. He won both of his 1-on-1 matchups in pass rush drills and provided pressure throughout the team periods. The Texans sent myriad blocking schemes at Miller without much success, as No. 58 found his way to (quarterback) Ryan Fitzpatrick with speed and power on multiple occasions.”"
If Miller is rounding back into the destructive force he once was just a couple of years ago, than opposing offenses better beware of what they’re in for come the start of the regular season.