Given’ ‘em hell.
Peyton Manning looks great. Ditto Champ Bailey and Elvis Dumervil. In a training camp marked by precision and predictability and devoid of any real drama so far, one move has stood out for the Denver Broncos: the promotion of perennial backup Jason Hunter to starting strongside defensive end.
New defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio loves Hunter’s “temperament, toughness, attitude,” and says he’s going to play the guys who are the most dependable, toughest, and the most physical up front. “He’s being all that right now for us,” Del Rio said.
“I love Jason,” Del Rio gushed. “Jason is a rugged defensive lineman; that’s what we’re looking for with our defensive line. … Every day he brings it with passion. I haven’t seen him yet not be ramped up and ready to play hard and tough. So that’s why he’s running with the ones right now. He’s kind of played his way into that spot.”
NFL preseason gets busy Thursday. Among the games is Denver at Chicago.