Law adds experience to Denver secondary

Cornerback Ty Law has had a relatively quiet run with the Denver Broncos so far, which isn't a bad thing.

Law, who was signed before Denver's game against Pittsburgh on Nov. 9 and immediately became the team's nickel cornerback, has been solid in coverage. He took the spot from youngsters Jack Williams, who was cut, and Alphonso Smith, and has settled down the position despite still trying to master the playbook.

"I've got great guys around me helping me out, letting me know what's going on," Law said. "A lot of times I'm like 'What did you all say?'"

Law will be a big part of the defense this week against Indianapolis, which has picked on Broncos' nickel cornerbacks in the past. Law has played almost exclusively in the slot, which is brand new for him. He said he was adjusting to that as well.

Denver has one of the most experienced secondaries in recent NFL history, with Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, Andre Goodman and Renaldo Hill starting and Law first in off the bench. That experience will help against Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who does a fantastic job taking advantage of blown assignments.

As for Law, even though he is in a new defense learning a new position, he tries to keep things simple once the ball is snapped, relying on his years of experience to cover.

"I've played football for a long time so at the end of the day I keep that in my mind. It's still football," Law said.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--QB Kyle Orton didn't have a great game against Kansas City, with three turnovers, but he was under pressure plenty of times. The Broncos' line needs to play better against the Colts, who have elite ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. If the Broncos give him time, Orton could have a nice day against a young Colts secondary.

--RB Knowshon Moreno is still waiting for his elusive first 100-yard game. The Colts are a middling rush defense, but Moreno's carries could be limited if the Broncos fall behind at the 12-0 Colts, and by Correll Buckhalter, who is playing well.

--RB Correll Buckhalter has turned into a nice big-play threat for the Broncos, but that might not be much of a factor this week. The Colts have allowed only three 20-yard runs all season. Buckhalter should still get his usual eight to 12 carries.

--WR Brandon Marshall was a big part of the passing game on Sunday against Kansas City. His role this week could be determined by how the Colts defend him. If Kelvin Hayden is back to full speed and matches up with Marshall, the Broncos could choose to test Indianapolis' rookie cornerbacks with other matchups.

--WR Eddie Royal had a couple of catches for 32 yards against the Chiefs. He will probably be defended by a rookie Sunday against Indianapolis, either Jacob Lacey or Jerraud Powers. The Broncos like exploiting matchups, so Royal could see a spike in targets.

--WR Jabar Gaffney should be a pretty big part of Denver's plan this week after not catching a ball against Kansas City. The Colts have been hit hard by injuries in the secondary, so the Broncos might figure the best way to exploit that will be to spread the field with multiple-receiver sets.

--K Matt Prater is benefiting from having punter Mitch Berger holding for him. Prater, who hit all three of his field-goal attempts last week, said Berger gets the ball down fast and is pretty good at reading weather conditions and offering advice.

--CB Champ Bailey has never picked off Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Bailey should have his chances this week, because he will likely match up against Indianapolis' top receiver, Reggie Wayne.

--LB Elvis Dumervil will probably match up with Indianapolis' left tackle this week, whether it is Charlie Johnson (who missed last week with a foot injury) or Tony Ugoh. Because blitzing Peyton Manning is so dangerous, the Broncos will be relying on Dumervil to get pressure on the quarterback.

--S Brian Dawkins sat for plenty of the second half against Kansas City, with the Broncos holding a big lead. Dawkins has dealt with a variety of nagging injuries this season, and the latest is an ankle problem. Denver needs him close to full strength against a powerful Colts offense this week.



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