Good morning, Broncos Country.
Fans of the Denver Broncos should have little concern about the team’s defense for the upcoming season, even with the injury bug sidelining some of their high profile defenders like T.J. Ward, Derek Wolfe and Shane Ray. With Wade Phillips now in Los Angeles coaching the Rams’ defense, it’s now Joe Woods’ turn to rise to the occasion and call the plays on the defensive side of the ball for the Broncos — and trust me, he will do a tremendous job.
Denver’s defense has looked sharp in their first two preseason outings against the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers, but Woods wants to see more progress and improvement this Saturday when the team faces off against the Green Bay Packers.
“We just want to continue to improve on what we’ve done so far throughout training camp and the preseason,” stated Joseph. “We made big strides from game one to game two so we want to see them continue to do the same things in game three. It’s going to be a great challenge for us playing the Packers,” he went on to add.
One of the biggest strides the team made from their opener against the Bears to the second game against the 49ers was their run defense. I came away very impressed with the way free agent acquisitions Domata Peko and Zach Kerr played on the defensive line, and feel that the team will be much better at stopping the run this season when compared to last. Woods also likes what he has seen from the veteran nose tackle thus far.
Zach Kerr and Domata Peko have been very stout at the LOS for the #Broncos D tonight.— Christopher Hart (@topherhart) August 20, 2017
“He’s a veteran player and he’s played for a long time. He not only brings leadership to us on the football field but in the classroom as well. He’s very, very smart and guys look up to him. He’s done a great job so far,” lauded Woods in regard to Peko.
In front of the media, Woods also praised Shelby Harris, who was able to come up with several turnovers and make an impact in the team’s win against the 49ers. Considered an unknown by many in the league, Harris’ play through camp and the preseason could very well earn him a spot on the team’s final roster.
Shelby Harris's 53 snaps have netted him 2 tackles, 1 pass defense and 2 fumble recoveries. He's the DE Broncos fans have been requesting.— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) August 22, 2017
“Shelby has been doing a good job. I was with Shelby in Oakland, and he’s from Illinois State where I played of course (laughing), so that gives him a little nod,” Woods remarked. “He’s doing a good job. You see him each and every day he’s getting better. He had a huge game last week just finishing and making plays, but right now he’s definitely put himself in a good position.”
And if Peko, Kerr, Harris and the rest of the Broncos defense continue to work hard and prepare diligently, they should continue to impress against the Packers this weekend and prove themselves to be one of the league’s best units in 2017. Dare I say they could be better than they were the past two seasons? It’s certainly possible.
As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.
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