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Covington loves ‘being a run defender, having easy access to the quarterback’

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Denver’s newest free agent pickup tells Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright on Broncos Country Tonight that he loves playing inside DL and applying pressure up the middle.

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A few important things to know about Christian Covington:

He loves the idea of playing in the Broncos defense and joining its Front 7.

He thinks what Denver did to get speedsters in the Draft was “unbelievable.”

He believes the “sky is the limit” for this team.

Tom Cruise is second only to Jackie Chan for doing his own stunts.

He can’t say too much bad about “Top Gun” but if you need someone to break down the plot holes in recent Marvel movies, he’s your guy.

He’s not a DC movie guy but he does love all comics.

Those are some important highlights for Covington, the sixth-year defensive lineman signed to a one-year contract by the Broncos on Tuesday.

But speaking to Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright on Broncos Country Tonight yesterday, the most important “thing to know” is that Covington cannot wait to add pressure on an opposing quarterback from inside Denver’s defensive line.

He played in a 3-4 defense with the Texans before playing in the 4-3 scheme on the Cowboys’ line last season - and while Covington thinks his versatility is a plus, his preference is adding pressure up the middle.

“Honestly I love the 3-tech and 1-tech positions. I love to establish myself on that inside,” he said. “I love being a run defender, I love having the easy access to the quarterback.”

But Covington, who started six games for the Cowboys last year and added one sack and one batted pass, believes his versatility will be an asset to the Broncos and Vic Fangio.

“I’ll play whatever the situation calls for,” he reiterated.

Born in Canada and playing college football at Rice University, Covington is used to being underrated as a player, so he’s excited to rejoin former teammates Bryce Callahan from college and Kareem Jackson from the Texans and prove his worth in Denver.

Ryan Edwards asked Covington if he had talked to any of his new teammates about his new d-line coach, Bill Kollar - a coach, Edwards noted, every player he’s talked to has said is “one of the best coaches you’ll work with but also one of the hardest.”

Covington hadn’t talked to his teammates about Kollar - but he had talked to Kollar.

And he’s ready for that challenge.

“I’ve had a plethora of coaches with different styles. I’ve heard a lot of great things about him. Obviously to be taught by a man like him with his background and experience and the type of coach he is...I’ve heard the stories,” Covington laughed. “It’s ok to have a coach like that who’s going to push you and scream at you sometimes. Sometimes you just need a coach like that. ...I can’t wait to work with this d-line.”

Although Covington’s new season with his new team will be starting virtually and will be more challenging for developing team chemistry and really figuring out the playbook, the defensive lineman knows it will be a process that everyone has to deal with.

“It’s going to be a challenge for everybody in this league, especially joining a new team ... this is where physically being together is so important - running through playbook together, going over plays together, doing walk-throughs together,” he said. “It’s going to be a process, but this is adversity we have to overcome and the best teams will overcome it.”

Covington has 8.5 sacks in his pro career, and apparently Tom Brady is one of them. But he told Allbright that he doesn’t have his eye on one particular QB to sack.

“I want to get them all,” he said. “I want to improve my pass rush. I want to be a run defender but also get up the field and get vertical penetration and pressure on the QBs. I just want to do and sack whoever it takes to get wins for the Broncos.”

Bonus Listen

For a fun interview, check out Edwards and Allbright’s conversation with undrafted free agent Zimari Manning.

Asking him about his seven-catch, 257-yard game with three touchdowns against UT-Permian Basin, Manning said they “practiced hard, playde hard, had a great game plan.”

To which Allbright added, “That’s not a game plan. Did they arrest you after the game for assaulting that poor corner?”

Humble as a wide receiver, Manning has a little more attitude when talking about his game on the court.

“Oh I’m hoopin’ for sure,” he said. “I’m holding my own out there.”