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Sep 9, 2011 2:46 AM by Lee Douglas

Broncos defense expecting lots of screen passes

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos expect to see plenty of screens and draws to counter the speed they'll bring off the edge with pass-rushers Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller this season.

Dumervil is one of the best defensive ends at recognizing the screen, standing up to swat passes or shut off a passing lane and pushing the tackle back into the pocket whenever offenses try to counter his speed with screens.

That's one thing Miller, the second overall draft pick, will have to learn as he adjusts to the NFL.

It will also be imperative for strong safety Brian Dawkins and weakside linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who's filling in for an injured D.J. Williams, to loop around and plug the lanes to stop the heavy dose of screens the Broncos are sure to see in 2011.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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