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Bradley Chubb says he won’t need to lose a lot of weight to play outside linebacker

Even at 268 pounds, Bradley Chubb feels he is athletic enough to play the outside linebacker position just fine for the Denver Broncos.

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When the Denver Broncos selected Bradley Chubb fifth overall, no one thought he would be there - not even the Broncos. Elite pass rushers are hard to come by, two elite pass rushers on one team is just unfair. Opposing teams are going to have their hands full with the Broncos front-seven in 2018.

The Broncos immediately let it be known that Chubb would be playing outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense. He will be playing opposite Von Miller. Miller, who is listed at 250 pounds, is quite a bit lighter than Chubb’s 268 pounds.

Rather than try to slim down, Chubb intends to play his style of football.

“I don’t feel like I am going to have to lose a lot of weight,” Chubb said on Friday. “I am about 268 pounds right now. I feel like that is a good weight for me even if I am playing linebacker. I am just excited to get to work now.”

Von is a speed rusher, Chubb seems to use a little more power. The styles will be different, but the results might be a little more similar in how often the quarterback will be sacked.

“I would describe myself as relentless,” Chubb said. “That motor came from always wanting to make plays. I always wanted to be around the ball. It was just something I was raised with. If I am going to do something, I am going to do it at 100 percent. That is my mindset every time I step on the field. I feel like I bring that to the pass-rush game.”

Teams will have to decide who deserves the double teams and that decision will lead to either Chubb or Miller enjoying some one-on-one’s and some big disruptive plays from the edge rush position.

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