When the Broncos are fully healthy, they will line up No. 2 overall draft choice Von Miller at strong-side linebacker and former first-rounder D.J. Williams on the weak side. The man in the middle: Joe Mays, a 2008 sixth-round pick by the Eagles.
Though his draft status isn't of the pedigree of the men playing alongside him, Mays is equally important to the Broncos' defense this season. A part-time player early in his career, the fourth-year 'backer will be asked to do a wide variety of tasks for the club in its new 4-3 scheme. While his 2010 season ended prematurely because of a left knee injury, Mays is fully rehabbed and ready to take his place in the middle of the Denver "D."
We hear Mays was all over the field in camp, showing a great knowledge of the new defensive system, which impressed head coach John Fox. Mays also came back from his injury in better shape and stronger than he was last season, and his aggressive style of play will work well alongside Miller and Williams when the latter is recovered from a dislocated right elbow.
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