Broncos Rookie Report: Defense

September, 26, 2013
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Some in the Denver Broncos' first-year class have found ways to contribute to a historic 3-0 start for the team with some situational work, especially in the wake of some recent injuries.

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: Williams remains a rotational player, but with the Broncos playing a three-man front of Robert Ayers, Malik Jackson and Shaun Phillips in longer down-and-distance situations, Williams has lost some game-day opportunities because the Broncos have spent so much time in that rush package. Williams finished with eight defensive snaps Monday against the Oakland Raiders to go with one snap on special teams. He did not have a tackle.

Cornerback Kayvon Webster: With Champ Bailey out for the third consecutive game and Tony Carter suffering an ankle injury in Monday's first half, Webster was suddenly thrust into a far more prominent role than expected. He played in the Broncos’ nickel and dime looks for the remainder of the night, finishing with 25 snaps on defense to go with 18 on special teams. Webster showed himself to be prepared, finishing with a pass defensed in man coverage in the deep middle. Webster has also showed a physical edge and been a sure tackler, and the Broncos will continue to try to figure out ways to get him on the field, even after Bailey returns.

Practice squad: Defensive end John Youboty, who spent training camp with Denver, continues to play a variety of roles for the scout team.

Jeff Legwold

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter

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