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Derek Wolfe sets the tone for the Broncos defense

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The veteran defensive end is having one of his best seasons and hopefully will earn himself an extension.

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The buy-in is obvious.

The members of the Denver Broncos defense know what they need to do to have success. It’s safe to say the Broncos have figured it out and it’s now one of the best units in football. And they can get even better.

One of the main reasons is Derek Wolfe. The veteran defensive end is having one of the best seasons of his eight-year career. Wolfe has the potential to have his best season in terms of sacks (six), and, depending on how the last seven games unfold, tackles (51). When you add in the emergence of Alexander Johnson and Mike Purcell, plus Justin Simmons, the pieces are in place for Denver to have a defense that leads the Broncos to success in the years to come.

On the MHR Radio Podcast (Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify), Adam Malnati and I discussed how crucial Wolfe will be for Denver today at the Minnesota Vikings. Not just in terms of pressure on Kirk Cousins, put trying to slow down Dalvin Cook and that running attack. Wolfe maintaining the edge on outside runs, then getting up the field for the ones through the middle will put the defense on the path to success.

Wolfe has shown how valuable he is to this defense — over the course of his career but especially this season. If he continues to put up the numbers he has through the first nine games, the Broncos won’t have a choice but to re-sign him. We all want to see Chris Harris finish his career in Denver, the same should happen for Wolfe.

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