DeMarcus Ware said earlier this year that he’d like to work as a mentor to pass rushers and one of his former teams is giving him a chance to do that.
Mike Klis of KUSA reports that Ware will spend the final two weeks of the offseason helping the current Broncos edge rushers. Ware had 21.5 sacks for Denver over his final three NFL seasons.
Some of Ware’s charges have already spent time working with him as Von Miller, Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett were all with the Broncos before Ware retired as a player. Fifth overall pick Bradley Chubb did not play with Ware and getting him up to speed as soon as possible is likely to be a focus for the team over the rest of the offseason.
The Red Sox snagged Mookie Betts, plus Jackie Bradley Jr. and Travis Shaw. The Indians: Francisco Lindor, Cody Allen and Jason Kipnis plus Clint Frazier, who helped them get Andrew Miller from the Yankees. The Dodgers: Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and the emerging Ross Stripling. The Nationals have not done great without a top pick, but they turned three of those high selections into Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon.
Charlton played behind DeMarcus Lawrence, who made 14.5 sacks. Lawrence played 67.1 percent of the defensive snaps, which was the most among Cowboys’ defensive linemen.
Both Lawrence and Charlton expect the 2017 first-round pick to play more — and do more — this season.
I feel like Taco had a pretty good rookie season, Lawrence said. You all take away the light that he was playing behind me so it wasn’t like he could get as many reps as he needed. This year I feel like he’s going to come along and take you all by storm.
Yeah, that’s a good question, Engram said. We definitely have a lot of talent. We’re going to utilize all of it as well. So it’s definitely interesting to think about. But I mean, in practice, we’ve got guys making plays all over the field. So the ball’s going to find the best player. We don’t really care where the ball goes, I just know we have a lot of talent.
Engram made it through 15 games and led the team with 65 receptions and six touchdowns. He was burdened with too heavy a load, asked to make plays down the field as the losses piled up. He sounds as if he will accept fewer catches for a whole lot more winning.