Denver Broncos Defensive Line: Where's the Pressure?

The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

Topher Doll graciously compiled and sorted all pressure numbers for the entire Denver Broncos defensive line.

If you're wondering how Topher complied these numbers, he used his own stats as well as stats from pro football focus, and football outsiders to come up with the averages you see below. What is really helpful is that he sorted them by position and also included their ranks when compared to that same position group across the entire NFL.

Player

Position

Pass RushingSnaps

QB Sk

QB Ht

QB Hu

Total

Rank

PRP %

Rank

Shaun Phillips

DE

109

3

1

5

9

T-11 (DE)

8.26%

11 (DE)

Robert Ayers

DE

131

1

1

8

10

T-8 (DE)

7.63%

13 (DE)

Derek Wolfe

DE

131

0

1

5

6

19 (DE)

4.58%

25 (DE)

Malik Jackson

DT

50

0

2

4

6

8 (DT)

12.00%

15 (DT)

Terrance Knighton

DT

35

0

1

2

3

T-20 (DT)

8.57%

25 (DT)

Kevin Vickerson

DT

38

0

0

1

1

T-50 (DT)

2.63%

68 (DT)

Mitch Unrein

DT

39

0

0

1

1

T-50 (DT)

2.56%

69 (DT)

Sylvester Williams

DT

25

0

0

0

0

T-71 (DT)

0.00%

T-71 (DT)

For right now, don't get caught up in the fact that some of these players play both inside and outside.

Sly getting shut out so far is a bit troubling given the fact that he flashed some serious potential in college. Still too small a sample size to draw any solid conclusions thus far. Malik Jackson has been very impressive early on and already has 6 pressures on a limited basis.

Both Robert Ayers and Shaun Phillips have combined to rank inside the top 15 amongst DE's in pressures with a combined total of 19.

Tally it all up and you have 36 pressures on 558 total snaps giving the Broncos D-line an overall PRP% of 6.5. I would be interested in knowing the numbers of the top 10 defenses in pressures to be able to compare that to--perhaps next week.

Thanks to Topher for his work and research!

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