Broncos are producing at elite level at every level of defense

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Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive tackle Sylvester Williams (92) reacts against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Line

Malik Jackson: 78 snaps
Antonio Smith: 69 snaps
Sylvester Williams: 67 snaps
Vance Walker: 63 snaps
Darius Kilgo: 35 snaps

Things have gone pretty much ‘as scripted’ for this unit since the revelation that Derek Wolfe would miss the first four games, along with the injury to Kenny Anunike. Despite the concerns for depth prior to the start of the season, the Broncos have done a great job of rotating guys in and getting the most out of them.

So far through the Baltimore and Kansas City games, this is one of the most productive levels of defense with Jackson, Smith, Williams, and Walker each posting positive grades on Pro Football Focus. Walker leads the way in that regard with a +5.0, followed by Williams at 3.5, Jackson at 2.6, and Smith at 1.2.

These guys are pressuring the quarterback but getting even better grades with their run defense, which took a bit of a hit from the Jamaal Charles experience.

This group will get a huge boost from the return of Kenny Anunike, who says his knee is ‘ready to go’ after some rehab and a brilliant preseason debut. Anunike provides the Broncos with another weapon in the pass rush department but his ferocious mentality and approach to his craft makes him effective against the run as well, despite his smaller size for a 3-4 end. He’s a monster and could be a breakout player.

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