Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Broncos Rookie Report: Defense
By Jeff Legwold
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Cornerback Kayvon Webster continues to carve out more playing time in a crowded secondary with each passing week. The Broncos have found a spot for him in some of the specialty packages, including a seven defensive back look the Broncos use in some long down-and-distance situations.
Webster is consistently around the ball when he's in the game and because of that continues to spend more time in the game.
So, with that in mind, here's the rookie report, a weekly check-in with how Denver's first-year class on defense is doing:
Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams: With the Jaguars lining up in a more traditional two-back set plenty of times Sunday, there were more opportunities for Williams to get into the defensive line rotation. In the end he finished with 18 snaps on defense, a total that included one tackle for loss to go with one hit on Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. Williams did get overpowered a bit on Maurice Jones-Drew's 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as he got pushed inside. The Broncos played him in the nose tackle position, directly over their center, much of the time.
Cornerback Kayvon Webster: He continues to have the biggest impact of any first-year player on the Broncos roster. He has steadily moved up the depth chart through training camp as well as the first six weeks of the regular season and is now in front of Tony Carter in the rotation. That means Webster has played in the dime in each of the past two games and played in the nickel against the Cowboys. And talk about efficiency, in Webster's 12 snaps on defense Sunday he had three tackles, knocked down a pass and had his first career interception. As the Broncos move forward and face more pass-first offenses, Webster's snap count only figures to go up.
Practice squad: Defensive end John Youboty, who spent training camp with the Broncos, continues to play all along the defensive front for the scout team, lining up as an edge rusher at times and on the interior of the defensive line.