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Su’a Cravens may eliminate Broncos biggest defensive deficiency

Players in this situation often feel rejuvenated, and that’s definitely the case here. They don’t want to let the team down that wanted them.

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The biggest issue has been discussed and dissected.

And then again.

And again.

And again.

That, of course, is the inability of the Denver Broncos defense to cover tight ends and running backs. Jeffrey Essary did a great job breaking down that plight and who on Denver’s defense gets the blame, at least in the 2017 season. It’s been an issue for the Broncos since at least the 1990s. There is some hyperbole in that, but not much.

As Adam Malnati and I discussed on the latest MHR Radio Podcast, the addition of Su’a Cravens might finally fix that defensive deficiency. He’s good in coverage but also in the running game, and has an eye to create turnovers. There are concerns when it comes to concussions, but questions about his attitude should be removed. As I said on the podcast, Cravens is going to have a chip on his shoulder and want to prove that he can play and do so at a high level. It will also help to get away from a dreadful franchise and to play for one that wants him.

What excites me about this move is that Cravens is excited. Players in this situation often feel rejuvenated, and that’s definitely the case here. They don’t want to let the team down that wanted them. When an individual or entity wants you, that’s a powerful sentiment.

As Andrew Mason said on Twitter, “How can you not love the enthusiasm (Cravens) has about being a Bronco? He’s all-in. Look forward to seeing the energy that he will bring on the field — and the energy he will share with fans at training camp, on game day and beyond.”

In the process, the Broncos’ biggest defensive deficiency may have finally been resolved.

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