Unit-by-unit analysis: Defensive line

Re-signing defensive tackle Gerard Warren was big for the Denver Broncos. The Broncos want to utilize his talent more this season, putting him in positions to make plays, rather than having him tie up blockers so others can get to the ball.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Starters - LDE Courtney Brown, DT Gerard Warren, DT Michael Myers, RDE Ebenezer Ekuban. Backups - E Kenard Lang, Elvis Dumervil, T Demetrin Veal, T Amon Gordon, E Corey Jackson, E Patrick Chukwurah, E John Engelberger, T Antwon Burton, T Bryan Save, E Patrice Majondo-Mwamba, E George Gause, E Khaleed Vaughn.

The Broncos released longtime standout Trevor Pryce. But Pryce had a down year last year, was a year removed from back surgery, was aging and had a big salary cap number. So the move was necessary.

Ekuban steps in and the Broncos are confident there won't be much dropoff.

Re-signing Warren was big. The Broncos want to utilize his talent more this season, putting him in positions to make plays, rather than having him tie up blockers so others can get to the ball. Depth is a concern.

Brown stayed healthy last year, but can he do it again?

Lang would probably be the first end off the bench. The Broncos hope

Dumervil and Jackson can help the pass rush in nickel situations, but neither has much NFL experience.

The Broncos often rotate and they need the second wave of defenders to be productive. There are a lot of questions after the starting four.



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