Jul 31, 2015; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43) during training camp activities at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos defense looked spectacular in the first game of the 2015 season. While David Bruton Jr. did a solid job at the strong safety position, one player is looking forward to making an impact on Thursday.
Broncos starting strong safety T.J. Ward returns this week from his one week suspension stemming from an incident at a bar one year ago and is eligible to rejoin the team.
Because of this, the Broncos will be making a corresponding move in order to get the team back to 53 men. One player will most likely be released as a result of Ward’s return.
If you thought the Broncos defense looked amazing in the opener against the Ravens, then imagine defense plus T.J. Ward. Having him in the secondary is going to make a world of difference.
T.J. Ward practiced with DE Derek Wolfe while he served his one game suspension. Derek Wolfe is currently one game into his four game suspension. T.J Ward does not have to wait long to make his season debut as the Broncos play Kansas City at Arrowhead on Thursday.
The defense was able to get things going against the Ravens, as the team recorded two sacks and two huge interceptions. One that gave the Broncos the lead for good and the other one to seal the game away. Having T.J. Ward on the field could add more pressure to Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense.
Last season, Ward was able to record 74 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions. Those are pretty solid numbers for his first year with the Broncos. The reason that the team brought him in is to cause havoc in the backfield and his ball hawking abilities.
I, am for one, excited to see how the Broncos defense looks with the addition of T.J. Ward. It is an exciting time for the defense as they look to re-create the Orange Crush.