Denver Broncos: Linebacker position preview and 2018 outlook
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Zaire Anderson, age 25
Zaire Anderson has played a minimal role for the Broncos defensively since making the team as an undrafted player out of Nebraska, but his role on special teams has increased significantly over the past two seasons, reaching a career-high at over 60 percent of the special teams’ snaps in 2017.
Anderson is going to have to prove he can do more than play special teams if he’s going to beat out some other players for roster spots this year.
Joe Jones, age 24
The Broncos snatched Joe Jones off of the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad last year, his rookie year. He was a starter at Northwestern in college and ran a blazing 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at his pre-draft pro day.
He didn’t play a role for the Broncos’ defense in 2017 but played 159 special teams snaps.
Jerrol Garcia-Williams, age 24
The Broncos signed Garcia-Williams as an undrafted player out of Hawai’i last season, and he ended up getting a pretty long look on the active roster.
Garcia-Williams got his longest look in the season finale against the Chiefs with 23 defensive snaps but played 165 total special teams snaps after being promoted from the active roster.
We need to see more of him defensively.
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Bo Bower, age 23
Bower is an undrafted rookie out of Iowa and was obviously somewhat overshadowed by the phenomenal play of Josey Jewell over the past four years. Bower, hower, was very solid on his own. Like Keishawn Bierria, Bower played a key role for a very long time on one of the best defenses in college football.
For a coaching staff like Iowa’s, that means something. He’s a phenomenal athlete and will have a chance this offseason to make an impact on the roster.