Prior to Dec. 8, 2019, Jeremiah Attaochu was just another hard name to pronounce.
But after that Sunday in Houston, as Joe Rowles put it on the tweeter machine, it’s time to learn the name.
In the Denver Broncos 38-24 win over the Houston Texans, Attaochu recorded two sacks and was part of the best defensive play of the season. The defensive end recovered a fumble, heard a plea from safety Kareem Jackson to give him the ball, Attaochu tossed it to him and Jackson proceeded to scramble 70 yards for the touchdown.
Attaochu would add another 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits in the final three games of 2019. That four-game showing led to the Broncos resigning Attaochu to a one-year deal in March.
Now as training camp inches closer, Attaochu has that valuable combo of confidence and experience at his disposal. On the flip side, Denver head coach Vic Fangio and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell know what his strengths and weaknesses are.
On Friday’s Broncos Country Tonight, Attaochu joined Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright to talk about the open of camp, the expectations and his second year with Fangio.
“Definitely getting really excited this year,” Attaochu told the guys. “Things are a little different, but it’s still the same excitement for training (camp) and getting ready.”
As the saying goes, you cannot have enough pass rushers.
“It’s definitely a fun room to be in and it’s very energetic and youthful,” Attaochu said about the Broncos pass rushers.
Our Joe Rowles joined the show to discuss the possibility many defensive veterans aren’t back in 2021, how the Broncos not signing Justin Simmons alters the positive perception of Denver’s offseason, and which upcoming Broncos training camp battle intrigues him the most.