Dumervil has been getting better since a slow start to the season. He had an excuse for his bad beginning. A broken right pinkie had to be in a cast for the first few weeks, and without the use of his right hand, he was ineffective.
He got better as the cast got smaller, and had a pair of sacks against New England in an otherwise poor game for the Broncos. Denver had six sacks as a team against the Patriots.
The Broncos need a great pass rush to make up for the absence of cornerback Champ Bailey from the lineup. Denver's pass rush began slowly this season, but with Dumervil coming on, it has gotten better.
Dumervil, who had 12.5 sacks last season, wouldn't put a number on the sack total he hopes to end up with, but he hopes he is in for a hot streak.
"I'm looking forward to having a stronger second half of the season," he said.
--WR Brandon Stokley, who missed Denver's last game with a concussion, came back to practice Monday after the bye week. He could return this week, and TE Tony Scheffler appears to be close to coming back from a groin injury as well. That should help Denver's offense.
"Hopefully we'll provide a spark," Stokley said. "We just have to go out there and do what we have to do and execute, and I think our offense will be fine."
--With rookie RB Ryan Torain likely returning to game action this week, the Broncos could start to rely more on the running game in the second half of the season. Denver's defense has been struggling, so one way to help would be by controlling time of possession. Starting TB Michael Pittman said he looked forward to an expanded role for the running game.
"Hopefully it will be big," Pittman said. "I'm excited about it."
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
--CB Josh Bell was added to the active roster off the practice squad. The Broncos needed some depth with CB Champ Bailey slated to miss a month.
--WR Chad Jackson was signed by the Broncos. The former second-round pick didn't last long with the Patriots, but the Broncos will see if he can turn around his career in their offense.
--OT Matt Murphy is a veteran who will take Erik Pears' place as a versatile backup on the line. Murphy, who is in his seventh year, was released by Buffalo in September.
--C Greg Eslinger came back to the Broncos, signed to their practice squad. Eslinger was originally a Broncos draft pick, spent some time on the practice squad, then was signed off the practice squad by Cleveland. He also spent some time with Houston before returning to Denver.
--CB Rashod Moulton was added to the practice squad after CB Josh Bell was promoted to the active roster. Moulton spent last year on Jacksonville's practice squad.
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