Is Depth A Concern On The Broncos D-Line?

Wade Phillips recently expressed concern about the Broncos depth on the defensive line. With the early injuries the unit has sustained in training camp, are the Broncos in a precarious situation?

With early injuries to Malik Jackson and Marvin Austin, and Antonio Smith’s delay in full team participation, the Denver Broncos are missing three key contributors on the defensive line. On Tuesday, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips expressed concern about the depth of the unit.

“I’m concerned,” Phillips said. “The other day we only had six defensive lineman. We were down to six practicing. That’s certainly a concern just with the numbers themselves. I think that we some talent there. Everybody is saying that [NT Sylvester Williams] Sly is doing really [well], [DE] Vance Walker is also doing really well and actually [DE] Derek Wolfe is doing really well. I think that front right there is really strong and they really help against the run, but we have to keep improving and hopefully we’ll have more people out there.”

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The Broncos had today off, which will hopefully allow the guys who are banged up the opportunity to recover and get back out on the practice field tomorrow. In the case of Marvin Austin, the time he’s missed so far doesn’t bode well for his chances to make a stacked Broncos roster, as Kubiak expressed on Tuesday.

“He’s been fine,” Kubiak said. “He’s just missed a lot of time. It’s a tough football team to make, so we have to get him healthy. He got a little groin yesterday. We have to get him healthy. Hopefully tomorrow’s break gives him a little bit more time—those type of things. We have to get him back on the field because, like I said, this is going to be a tough team to make for a lot of people. We have to give everybody a legitimate shot. He needs his reps like anybody else.”

Austin has an extensive history as a pro with the injury bug. He started out camp as Williams backup at nose guard. But as the old saying goes, “you can’t make the club from the tub”. If he, Jackson and Smith return to full participation soon, this becomes a non-issue. If the injuries persist, the Broncos might have a problem.

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With early injuries to Malik Jackson and Marvin Austin, and Antonio Smith’s delay in full team participation, the Denver Broncos are missing three key contributors on the defensive line. On Tuesday, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips expressed concern about the depth of the unit. \r\n

“I’m concerned,” Phillips said. “The other day we only had six defensive lineman. We were down to six practicing. That’s certainly a concern just with the numbers themselves. I think that we some talent there. Everybody is saying that [NT Sylvester Williams] Sly is doing really [well], [DE] Vance Walker is also doing really well and actually [DE] Derek Wolfe is doing really well. I think that front right there is really strong and they really help against the run, but we have to keep improving and hopefully we’ll have more people out there.”\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n

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The Broncos had today off, which will hopefully allow the guys who are banged up the opportunity to recover and get back out on the practice field tomorrow. In the case of Marvin Austin, the time he’s missed so far doesn’t bode well for his chances to make a stacked Broncos roster, as Kubiak expressed on Tuesday. \r\n

“He’s been fine,” Kubiak said. “He’s just missed a lot of time. It’s a tough football team to make, so we have to get him healthy. He got a little groin yesterday. We have to get him healthy. Hopefully tomorrow’s break gives him a little bit more time—those type of things. We have to get him back on the field because, like I said, this is going to be a tough team to make for a lot of people. We have to give everybody a legitimate shot. He needs his reps like anybody else.”\r\n

Austin has an extensive history as a pro with the injury bug. He started out camp as Williams backup at nose guard. But as the old saying goes, “you can’t make the club from the tub”. If he, Jackson and Smith return to full participation soon, this becomes a non-issue. If the injuries persist, the Broncos might have a problem. \r\n

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With early injuries to Malik Jackson and Marvin Austin, and Antonio Smith’s delay in full team participation, the Denver Broncos are missing three key contributors on the defensive line. On Tuesday, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips expressed concern about the depth of the unit.

“I’m concerned,” Phillips said. “The other day we only had six defensive lineman. We were down to six practicing. That’s certainly a concern just with the numbers themselves. I think that we some talent there. Everybody is saying that [NT Sylvester Williams] Sly is doing really [well], [DE] Vance Walker is also doing really well and actually [DE] Derek Wolfe is doing really well. I think that front right there is really strong and they really help against the run, but we have to keep improving and hopefully we’ll have more people out there.”

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The Broncos had today off, which will hopefully allow the guys who are banged up the opportunity to recover and get back out on the practice field tomorrow. In the case of Marvin Austin, the time he’s missed so far doesn’t bode well for his chances to make a stacked Broncos roster, as Kubiak expressed on Tuesday.

“He’s been fine,” Kubiak said. “He’s just missed a lot of time. It’s a tough football team to make, so we have to get him healthy. He got a little groin yesterday. We have to get him healthy. Hopefully tomorrow’s break gives him a little bit more time—those type of things. We have to get him back on the field because, like I said, this is going to be a tough team to make for a lot of people. We have to give everybody a legitimate shot. He needs his reps like anybody else.”

Austin has an extensive history as a pro with the injury bug. He started out camp as Williams backup at nose guard. But as the old saying goes, “you can’t make the club from the tub”. If he, Jackson and Smith return to full participation soon, this becomes a non-issue. If the injuries persist, the Broncos might have a problem.

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