If there is an area of the Broncos Defense that is exciting fans and players the most, it just might be the Defensive Line. With a healthy Derek Wolfe, an even more motivated Terrance Knighton, and the addition of the King of Sacks Demarcus Ware, this is a force to once again be reckoned with.
InRodWeTrust analyzes the area of the Broncos defense that could 'straight up paralyze' opposing team offenses.
Which member of the Defensive Line are you most excited to hear about during camp? Why this one more than the others?
If you had asked me this before the offseason, I wouldn't have blinked an eye before I exuded exclamation about Sly Williams' second year and the growth potential of our first defensive lineman taken in round one of the draft since Trevor Price 17 years ago.
However now I must admit I was caught up in the NFL potential of one Marvin Austin, and I can't wait to see if the river boat captain can resurrect another D-line career. And after seeing what he did with Pot Roast, it makes me think if anyone can stir this kid into shape, it's him and Luke Richesson.
I can already gleefully imagine an inside rotation that pushes meat into the face of Tom "can't get a high five" Brady while Von and Ware crash down from the perimeter until he just gets the snap and starts crying for mommy.
There has been a lot of excitement about the D-Line with the addition of DeMarcus Ware. What do you think his presence means for this revamped D?
In a word...hunger. You are talking about a guy who has done so much in the NFL but probably feels like his Super Bowl chances are narrowing right before his eyes. After so many missed and wasted chances with the Cowboys, this star is ready to shine on the league's largest stage!
Do you see any D-Line rookies doing anything beyond the Practice Squad (if that)... Kenny Anunike, Mister Cobble or Greg Latta? What would you like to see from them during Camp?
I don't see any of these guys making the roster - and that is a great thing! Kenny Anunike, being a former tight end, has the athleticism; Mister Cobble just has to make the practice squad on name alone; and Greg Latta has your prototype size @ 6'5", 261. I think any of these guys could have made the roster in not-distant-enough years past.
I would be happy to see these kids learn the system and grow their NFL potential, while making our backup O-lines better.
Who is your "player to watch" among all the linemen? Why?
If I have to choose just one, I want to watch Derek Wolfe's recovery and return to his former self. I was filled with concern for our young gun during his medical journey, and I would love to see him get healthy for a long time!
Which players do you think will make the final D-Line roster? And how do you see this Defense comparing to the Orange Crush of decades past?
-DeMarcus Ware, Terrance Knighton, Sylvester Williams, Derek Wolfe
-Quanterus Smith, Kevin Vickerson, Marvin Austin, Malik Jackson
If we get a full bore rotation up front like this group's potential suggests, we will be striking oil on the other side of the line of scrimmage all season.
And despite the mangling fear we used to strike in offensive hearts as a tangy soda, we could straight paralyze teams this year.
We might need a new nickname this year like "orange you glad there are only four downs of this?"