Denver Broncos: Breaking Down the Defensive Line Improvements

May 31, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When the Denver Broncos lost defensive end Elvis Dumervil, some thought the defensive line would fall apart. Then, the front office struck.
Denver lost Dumervil to the Baltimore Ravens after an odd fax fail this offseason, and it had to make moves to help the line. With the 28th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Denver took Sylvester Williams, a 320-pound defensive tackle.
After adding Shaun Phillips, the organization felt that it had addressed the hole left by Dumervil's departure. The defensive line has depth, and Denver believes that it found a replacement for Dumervil in Phillps.
Did the defensive line improve? Let's take a look.
Shaun Phillips
While Dumervil is more hyped, Phillips and Dumervil weren't too far off in terms of production in 2012.
Phillips registered 9.5 sacks with the San Diego Chargers, and he ranked 21st in the league in that category. The Denver Post's Jeff Legwold wrote that coach John Fox sees Phillips as a Von Miller-type player...

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