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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Broncos Rookie Report: Defense

By Jeff Legwold

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos' first-year class is seeing just how tough it can be to carve out a role with one of the league’s heavyweights. The snaps are hard to come by, and they have to be earned with consistency.

With that in mind, here’s the rookie report, a weekly check-in with how Denver's defensive rookies are doing:

Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams: With the Broncos in the nickel and dime plenty against the Giants' three-wide-receiver attack, the Broncos often used their speed front of Malik Jackson, Derek Wolfe and either Shaun Phillips or Robert Ayers. As a result, the Broncos interior tackles had fewer snaps to go around. Williams finished with 19, assisting on one tackle.

Cornerback Kayvon Webster: With Champ Bailey out for the second consecutive game, Webster was kept in the game-day lineup largely because of his work on special teams. He played six snaps on defense against the Giants, mainly in the specialty looks, and added 20 snaps on special teams. That was the highest special-teams total among Denver's rookie class and one of the highest totals on the team. It will make for a difficult decision or two when Bailey is ready to return to the lineup.

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 as well.