Denver Broncos brick, mortar and scrap: Defensive line overview

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive end Shelby Harris #96 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after a fourth quarter interception to seal the Denver Broncos 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive end Shelby Harris #96 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after a fourth quarter interception to seal the Denver Broncos 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – OCTOBER 27: Mike Purcell #98 of the Denver Broncos reacts after making a tackle near during the third quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /

Mike Purcell

Hats off to the Broncos pro personnel department for finding another gem in Mike Purcell. The undrafted free agent out of Wyoming spent his first six years bouncing between six different teams before landing with the Broncos in April 2019. His biggest advocate may have been the most important person on the coaching staff.

As the former 49ers Defensive Coordinator, Vic Fangio spent two years with Purcell and gave him his first NFL opportunity. That experience with Purcell was not lost on Fangio, who eventually inserted him into the starting line up.

The former Wyoming Cowboy went on to record 48 tackles and prove to be an effective Nose Tackle in the reshuffled defense. Purcell is scheduled to be a Restricted Free Agent this off-season.

Between his knowledge of the defense and recent pedigree, I think he’s an easy choice to tender and keep around for another year.

2020 Status: Mortar