In case you didn’t already know, the Broncos have an incredible group of pass rushers, inside and out.
While the offense has been generating some headlines — deservedly so — the defense has had its fair share of ‘wins’ and they have made an impact through two padded practices.
Quarterback Case Keenum does a great job of getting the ball out of his hands quickly, but even his quick release is no match at times for the Broncos’ pass rush.
There was a play on Wednesday from Clinton McDonald where the veteran defensive lineman got off the ball so quickly it was almost like he was the center snapping the ball.
McDonald burst through the line for a would-be sack, and since he’s gotten healthy, he’s impressed defensive coordinator Joe Woods.
On another play, defensive lineman Shelby Harris was unable to get past his lineman but he was able to time a jump perfectly and disrupt the throwing lane, breaking up a pass.
The Broncos’ offensive line excelled picking up some of the defensive line’s stunts, but the edge rushers had their share of plays in practice.
There were a number of rushed throws from Keenum as Von Miller and Shane Ray provided pressure off the edge.
Bradley Chubb also had a really nice burst off the edge near the goal line, beating the tackle and getting a would-be sack.
In a two-on-two session between the offensive line and pass rushers, Von Miller and Derek Wolfe went up against Connor McGovern and Jared Veldheer.
Both Miller and Wolfe ran a stunt and easily blew past the Broncos’ starting right guard and tackle. They made it look too easy.
After their rep, Miller and Wolfe congratulated each other and left me wondering how in the world any offensive linemen can stop those guys. They work incredibly well together.
There was another rep in one-on-ones where nose tackle Zach Kerr showed off his athleticism, putting a spin move on one of the offensive guards and generating a fist-raised celebratory shout from defensive line coach Bill Kollar.
The Broncos’ defensive front is out of this world good.