Broncos look for Wolfe, others to step up at DT

Posted July 13, 2012 @ 12:07 p.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

One of the top battles to watch at Broncos training camp will be on the interior defensive line, with two starting spots up for grabs at defensive tackle. Several candidates, starting with the team’s first pick of April’s draft, Derek Wolfe, will be vying to win them. The former Cincinnati Bearcat recorded 19½ sacks in college and showed off his short-area speed at the Combine. We hear that the Broncos would prefer that Wolfe is ready to go Day One as a starter.

Joining Wolfe is a trio of veterans with question marks. There is Ty Warren, who took a pay cut and has not played since 2009 because of injuries, but Warren was very productive during his time in New England. Kevin Vickerson played in only five games last season because of an ankle injury, but he added 50 pounds this offseason and will factor in the rotation. Newcomer Justin Bannan is 33, but he has missed only two games over the past five seasons.

One name worth keeping an eye on in training camp, we hear, is Sealver Siliga, who spent last season on the practice squad but impressed in the spring. Without any player grabbing hold of a starting spot in OTAs and minicamp, the competition will be key this summer for the Broncos to finally find some stability at defensive tackle.

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