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TOPIC: Containing Russell Wilson (still) won’t be easy

Containing Russell Wilson (still) won’t be easy 4 months 4 days ago #26567

The Denver Broncos are familiar with Russell Wilson.Too familiar. 43-8 is a score we all wish we could forget.And now four years after that train wreck Youth Royce Freeman Jersey , it would be nice to think the Seahawks’ mobile QB had lost a step heading into his seventh year.Sorry. That is actually fake news.In fact, if anything, Wilson could be more dangerous because he has developed his passing game in recent years, making him a more legit dual threat with his legs and arm.“Oh man. I’ll tell you what. I don’t think any pass rusher likes going against Russell Wilson. He’s just a handful,” Von Miller told the Seattle media on Wednesday. “He’s elusive; he makes plays with his feet, arm, everything. And I’m sure if you did a poll around the league right now, if you asked how many guys would want to go against Russell Wilson, nobody would raise their hand.”Safety Justin Simmons probably wouldn’t either.“I would say he’s probably the most accurate thrower on the run,” said safety Justin Simmons. “We’re obviously going to have to be able to get after him, and with that, we know that they’re probably going to put him on the run and on the move so he can make accurate throws out of the pocket where he’s not being pressured.”Simmons is not alone in his wariness of Wilson’s ability. Even though only a handful of the Broncos’ defenders played in Super Bowl 48, the unit certainly knows No. 3 is still a problem to cover.“Everybody has to keep their lanes, and people have to keep contain — the outside rushers do — and we have to cover twice,” Brandon Marshall said Cheap Derek Wolfe Jersey , noting that he definitely doesn’t see a drop-off in the Seahawks’ team despite a lot of different players. “When we think we have them covered, the guy can scramble and then he’ll get open. We have to cover them longer unfortunately. It’s going to be a tough day.”Shane Ray - who joked that he “hates” covering mobile quarterbacks - also emphasized defenders staying in their lanes to keep Wilson from escaping and gaining big yardage on the ground.“Obviously, he does an excellent job of using his legs to make plays. We all know what he does in the pass game, but in the run game he’s probably right behind Cam [Newton] as far as what he does with his feet,” Ray said. “Everybody has got to be on the same page, everybody has to be in their rushing lanes to contain him and make sure we don’t let him use his legs. Get out of the pocket and throw a deep ball at someone. You’ll see him scramble, and then throw a ball 60 yards down the field, touchdown. ...You’ve just got to be on your toes.”The biggest adjustment to covering a rushing QB like Wilson isn’t containing him as much as it is just needing to be ready to always do more - and never knowing which way it could go - Ray said.“You’re already converting so much energy rushing the quarterback, trying to beat your guy. Then you might beat your guy and he’ll slip this way to run back this way, and you’re still chasing him,” Ray said. “It just adds a different dynamic to his game, and it adds more to what we have to do as a defense. So, we’ve got to keep rushing harder and we’ve got to have our back-end guys basically cover ‘cover guys twice,’ is what we say. You cover him, then when Russell starts scrambling Youth Garett Bolles Jersey , you’ve got to recover your guy because he could be the one he’s looking for to throw the ball to.”Darian Stewart is well aware of the “covering twice” concept for Wilson, and the Broncos’ safety knows that’s what he and his No Fly Zone pals will have to do.“You definitely have to have that mentality,” Stewart said. “[Wilson] is an athletic quarterback that can extend plays. As DBs, we have to notice who’s down and just relax and keep comfortable.”“Relaxing” around Wilson might be tough, as he accounted for most of his team’s scrimmage yards last season, according to NFL Research.“He’s the best. He is the best movement quarterback in this entire league,” coach Vance Joseph noted, adding that Wilson had the most 10+yard runs as a quarterback last season. “Obviously, he’s going to escape from time to time, so our coverage guys have to cover twice. When the ball’s snapped, they have to cover the concept, and when he starts scrambling, they have to cover the scramble plays.“All of the big plays go through Russell, and most of them are outside of the pocket,” Joseph added. “He’s a dangerous guy.” The Denver Broncos have underwhelmed in their 2018 campaign and are currently sporting a lackluster 3-6 record during their bye week. In fact Youth Phillip Lindsay Jersey , underwhelmed is probably a huge understatement. Without question, it has been a season plagued with poor performances across the board and a forgettable adventure to say the least. At each and every turn, the Broncos can’t seem to get out of their own way.In order to find their way, the franchise needs to (and will) revamp its coaching staff for next season. It would be a great surprise and almost unfathomable to see Vance Joseph on the sidelines leading the team in 2019. Who is on John Elway’s shortlist of candidates? That’s anybody’s guess, but finding a coach with the vision and creativity to rejuvenate their offense and get the most out of their young talent seems likely. Above all else, finding a coach who can develop and groom a quarterback for the future, which is most certainly the team’s greatest need moving forward should be a top priority.If the franchise continues to embark on a familiar road to nowhere the rest of the season they will likely wind up with a top ten selection. Though all of Broncos Country would love to find their future signal caller as soon as possible, this year’s crop of talent is tenuous at best and the odds of Denver finding themselves a top-tier quarterback seems quite dubious. While it is entirely possible for the Broncos to make a bold move up the draft boards to select their top-ranked quarterback, the 2020 NFL Draft appears to be much deeper and should provide a handful of quality prospects to choose from. Even though the desperation for a franchise quarterback is at an all-time high, it is unlikely to be the best move the franchise can make in the upcoming draft — a statement I have made for months.But if not a quarterback, what would be the best route for the Broncos to go in the first round in the 2019 NFL Draft?A premium pick should necessitate addressing a premium position. It is a loaded defensive line class and Denver most certainly has a long-term need on the interior. With two phenomenal edge rushers in Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, adding another blue-chip defender to their trenches would be the start of making the Broncos’ defense a fearsome for to reckon with for years to come. If the franchise can’t find their quarterback of a future, doing whatever they can to make the lives of their opponents who have one difficult isn’t a terrible consolation plan.We have all witnessed the struggle of second-year offensive tackle Garett Bolles and know that Jared Veldheer is only a one-year rental. The free agency crop at offensive tackle doesn’t seem too great and the franchise has made a lot of poor investments in that regard over the past few seasons — so I wouldn’t bet my bottom dollar they will find a solution on that avenue. Alabama’s Jonah Williams would be a remedy for the Broncos’ dire need at tackle, but outside of him there doesn’t appear to be a top ten caliber prospect available.While I’m a fan of Greg Little, Yodny Cajuste and have raved above Dalton Risner in an earlier segment http://www.broncoscheapauthenticstore.com/ronald-leary-jersey-cheap , they probably aren’t guys you take that early on. If it isn’t Williams, I don’t see anyone else worth picking in the first round at the position unless the Broncos trade back — which could very well be the direction they go to amass future picks to ensure they can get their guy (quarterback wise) in 2020.Everyone knows that the No Fly Zone has had it’s share of ups and downs this season, with soon to be free agent Bradley Roby being a player who hasn’t stepped up like the team had hoped. You can definitely mark cornerback down as one of the team’s biggest needs entering the draft. As I mentioned in an earlier Future Broncos segment, you should hone in on Greedy Williams of Louisiana State and Deandre Baker of Georgia. Those are two candidates who will be considered greatly in the first round for Denver.Outside of those prospects names I’m high on at positions of need, albeit positions that may not necessarily “move the marker” so to say are tight end Noah Fant out of Iowa, inside linebacker’s Mack Wilson of Alabama and Devin White of LSU, as well as safety Deionte Thompson of Alabama. I would even throw Josh Allen out of Kentucky into the mix as well, because he may be too darn good to pass up and may be the best defender in all of college football. The versatile Wildcat defender has racked up 59 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles in just nine games. He is definitely someone you will want to keep your eye on.So Broncos Country, are you up or down on this year’s quarterback class? If so, tell us who you love and think the franchise should consider at the position in the first round. If you are down on this year’s crop of quarterbacks, let us know who you would be thrilled if the Broncos’ selected early on.
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