Adam Gotsis Shows Improvement In His Second Offseason
As the first round of OTA’s begin to wrap up in Colorado, there has been an emergence of a promising star on the defensive line for the Broncos – 2nd round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft, Adam Gotsis…
Hailing from Down Under, the Australian Rules Football stud turned his interest to American Football at a young age. Gotsis then became a leader on Georgia Tech’s defense for four years before being drafted 63rd overall last year.
A brutal knee injury in his final season of college limited Gotsis’s impact as a rookie to just 14 tackles. Despite the slow start to his career, Gotsis has shown a marked improvement in his second off-season as OTA’s continue.
According to Mike Klis of KUSA 9News, head coach Vance Joseph spoke highly of Gotsis after Tuesday’s OTA, describing him as “explosive and athletic” and acknowledging that “he’s finally healthy and you can tell.”
This news should make Broncos fans ecstatic as Gotsis has potential to be a key cog on defense, barring injury. With the exception of veterans Derek Wolfe and newly acquired FA Domata Peko, the Broncos defensive line is very young. As a result, this unit’s depth and undeniable talent is capable of stopping the run and getting after the quarterback.
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Gotsis is coveted in today’s NFL due to his versatility to play along the whole defensive line. The second year player can produce outside as a defensive end that can set the edge and stuff the run. Gotsis is also able to slide inside on passing downs as an interior pass rusher. This flexibility is invaluable for the Broncos’ stingy secondary that would benefit from consistent pressure from the front seven.
Joseph will be carefully watching Gotsis as he becomes an integral member of the up-front rotation. In return, the coaching staff is hoping Gotsis assists in opening up more opportunities this season for All-Pro Von Miller and 2015 first round pick Shane Ray to wreak havoc in the opposing backfield.
If Gotsis and the rest of the defensive line can exceed these expectations, look for the Broncos to be at the top of the list of best defenses for yet another year as they hope to make it back to the playoffs in 2017.