Broncos Offseason: Kayvon Webster Looking For Increased Role
Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster is often overlooked because of the other members of the “No Fly Zone.” With his ability in punt coverage, I believe he should have a shot for more playing time in 2016.
Whenever someone thinks of special teams, it is mostly whomever is kicking the ball or returning it. No one really pays much attention to the players in coverage. The Denver Broncos made some key plays when it came to punt coverage last season.
One that is not talked about often is the play that Kayvon Webster made in downing a punt in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. His speed to get to the football and down it at the five yard line was perhaps one of the underrated plays of the game.
I have always wondered something. Why has Kayvon Webster not played a lot on defense? Well, I suppose it is a little difficult to get on the field when your teammates are Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., and Bradley Roby.
However, Webster has made the most of his time on special teams and has worked this offseason so that he can get that chance to play some snaps on defense. He’s worked with Joe Woods to improve his technique. He has impressed Wade Phillips.
“Roby and Kayvon are working hard. I thought both of them played well last year. Roby played a whole lot. Kayvon, I’d like to see more because he is a good player.”
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Even Joe DeCamillis was impressed with his work in the playoffs.
“We just showed them film on the inside the 20 stuff. You look at those playoff games against Pittsburgh and New England, and I believed he downed four of them inside the five yard line. That’s going to help you win games. He worked his tail off.”
Troy Renck has an interesting piece on Kayvon Webster’s journey to an increased role during this offseason. If you want to read it, check it out here.
I would like to see Kayvon Webster play a bit more on defense. He’s only had two starts on defense since the Broncos drafted him back in 2013. He is also entering the final year of his contract. As of now, I would see him returning as a special teams player.
However, with Gary Kubiak’s M.O., he wants players that are on special teams to contribute at their position. There is no kick or punt returner on Kubaik’s roster that is specifically specialized to return kicks. He needs to contribute at wide receiver or cornerback or whatever position he plays.
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I can see Kayvon succeeding on the defensive side of the ball if given the opportunity. According to what I have read, he is ready to take that next step. With Aqib Talib set to miss the remainder of OTA’s due to the gunshot wound he suffered, this could be Webster’s big chance.
I believe that Kubaik would place Harris Jr. and Roby at the corners and Webster would be the nickel corner. So, hopefully he gets the chance during the last leg of OTA’s this week.
With the rookie contract ending after the 2016 season, Kayvon Webster is going to push himself to show to the Broncos organization that he deserves to be a new member of the “No Fly Zone.”