Broncos training camp: 5 players who will shine early
5. Von Miller, OLB
Von Miller has nothing to prove to anyone, but he seems exceptionally motivated in 2020.
Miller has been putting in the work this offseason and even after being diagnosed with COVID-19 a couple of months ago, he appears to be on a different level in terms of his strength and conditioning preparations for 2020.
Miller, like every one of us, is sick of the Broncos not making the playoffs. The last time he got to play postseason football, he was the Super Bowl 50 MVP.
Miller signed a long-term contract with the Broncos in hopes of not just setting the team’s pass rush records and becoming one of the best to ever don the orange and blue, but to consistently have this team in postseason contention with his ability to change games and close out victories as a pass rusher.
That hasn’t happened, and Miller’s sack total was down to eight last year, the lowest he’s had since 2013 when he recorded five sacks after being suspended for six games to open the year and missing the final game of the regular season with a torn ACL.
Even though Miller only had eight sacks last season, he was still a disruptive force as a pass rusher and run defender, but he wants to be back in the Defensive MVP conversation. I think we’re going to see a renewed level of motivation in camp from Miller, who routinely has to go less than 100 percent because he basically wrecks practice.
He may not care much about wrecking practice in 2020.