Bradley Chubb is doing exactly what he was meant to do - help unleash the Von on opposing offenses.
While one game does not make a season, Von Miller’s 3 sack 2 fumble game definitely means the 8-year veteran is off to a great start. The rookie played a key part in that by helping to contain and pressure Wilson throughout the Denver Broncos tilt with the Seattle Seahawks.
It didn’t take long for Chubb to record his first action. This is the first play of the season for the Seattle offense.
While Darian Stewart and the playcall were a huge part of Chubb’s first sack, the rookie had a solid performance against Seahawks left tackle Duane Brown. While Von got the numbers, Chubb made his presence known and did a standout job of keeping Wilson from rolling out of the pocket.
Chubb has the kind of length and athleticism to be a threat on a pure edge rush, but he also displayed the ability to sense when Brown was overcompensating. He would then utilize a mean swim move to shoot the inside gap.
The play above is the key play of the game for Seattle. The sack by Harris was a beautiful call by Joe Woods, but if Chubb doesn’t push the pocket Wilson has the room to potentially create some of the magic he’s famous for. Throughout the day Chubb did the dirty work that helped the Broncos secure the W.
He’s clearly earned the trust of Joe Woods, Vance Joseph and the rest of the coaching staff.
Another interesting stat that suggests how much faith #Broncos have in rookie Bradley Chubb. He played 54 of 57 snaps. Ray (18) and Barrett (4) combined for 22 snaps. Those numbers will vary depending on opponent. But Chubb will have a huge role this year. #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/o5AQ3JdIEd— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) September 10, 2018
It wasn’t all sunshine and roses for Chubb, however. He’s a work in progress in coverage.
While the touchdown should definitely serve as a a lesson for Chubb, it shouldn’t mar the rest of his day too much. Fans need to remember that he very rarely played coverage during his collegiate career at NC State and should improve. It’s also notable that Dissly wound up surprising a number of other Broncos’ defenders.
It takes all of one look at another Broncos pass rusher to realize the kind of potential Chubb brings to the table. One game in and he, as well as the Broncos defense, are just scratching the surface. Bring on the Orange Rush.
Still Grazin’? Some Broncos links to gnaw on.
Von Miller wrecks Seahawks on three-sack day
If you only need to know one name from the Seattle game, Von’s it. He’s only second in the league in sacks so far this season because T.J. Watt played the Cleveland Browns.
Mike Tanier gives Case Keenum a B for his 25 of 39 329-3-3 debut.
He even goes as far as to consider Keenum’s game “encouraging” which is far more optimistic than most of my Twitter following the victory. I’m hoping to give Keenum a more extensive look for GIF Horse once the All-22 tape comes out but I tentatively agree with Tanier.
The Broncos rookie RBs: a recipe for explosion fueled by youth?
The Denver Post with what may be the worst lede I’ve seen this year. If you’re a subscriber it’s worth a quick read but if you aren’t this quote was what caught my eye.
“I was so focused on the next play — I had to go out for kickoff (coverage),” Phillip Lindsay said. “When I’m in the zone, I don’t think about things like that.”
Lindsay racked up 17 touches for 102 combined yards and a TD while also playing 12 special teams snaps and notching two tackles. I tried not to buy the hype in camp, but he looks like a very special rookie. Let’s hope he can keep this up.
Lindsay’s big day may have ruined Shaquem Griffin’s.
I missed this during the game, but there was a point yesterday where Griffin was benched for Austin Calitro. This second stint with Seattle represents a bit of a crossroads for Calitro, who has now been a part of 4 different teams. Calitro played poorly enough that Griffin was reinserted and subsequently gave up the long reception to Jake Butt. Seahawks fans are left pining for the return of K.J. Wright.