- Jeff Legwold, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jammer jammin’: In the first seven games of this season, Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer played all of one play on defense -- one snap against the Eagles in Week 4. But interim coach/defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has said he will try to find a place for those he believes can contribute on game day, and the Broncos like the veteran Jammer’s savvy and physical play. Jammer was on the field for 19 plays against the Redskins in Week 8 and 33 plays against the Chargers last week, and he was in a regular rotation Sunday night, often appearing in the Broncos’ big nickel look when they went with five defensive backs.
Decker on the spot: With Wes Welker having suffered a concussion Sunday night, Eric Decker might need to show a little more versatility. Welker has worked almost exclusively out of the slot this season, save for an occasional snap when he has lined up out wide or in the backfield, and Decker would have to fill that role if Welker misses some time. It means Decker, who has struggled at times with drops, is going to have to be reliable in the high-traffic areas in the middle of the field. The Broncos will still want to run their three-wide-receiver set plenty, and that means Decker has to be up to the task on the inside and Andre Caldwell will have to produce in an outside spot.
Money well spent: After the Broncos lost Elvis Dumervil in free agency following the fax disaster, there was at least some concern in the organization over whether they would be able to fill the gap. But a one-year, $1 million deal with Shaun Phillips signed during the weekend of the NFL draft has worked out quite nicely for all involved. Phillips leads the team with nine sacks after he recorded 1.5 Sunday night (along with 10 tackles). He has already earned a $400,000 bonus for getting eight sacks, and he has another waiting if he reaches 10.
Lucky six: When the Broncos selected linebacker Danny Trevathan in the sixth round of the 2012 draft, they hoped they would have a player who could find a role in the team’s speed-first defense. Trevathan, who forced a game-changing fumble in the first quarter Sunday, now leads the Broncos in tackles (81) and is tied for the team lead in interceptions (three) and forced fumbles (two). That’s the kind of late-round value that draft-built playoff teams routinely enjoy, and the kind the Broncos will need to stay in the postseason hunt as they move forward under the current regime.