New Broncos pass rusher DeMarcus Ware showed exactly what the Broncos wanted him to show in his first preseason game.
In fact, Ware did it all in his first preseason series: Ware’s first three plays consisted of breaking into the Seahawks’ backfield to force a gain of just one yard, pressuring Russell Wilson into an incompletion, and then sacking Wilson.
“That’s what they brought me in here for, to make big plays and put pressure on the quarterback, and that’s what I love to do,” Ware said. “We can see the spark that we have, the talent that we have on our defense, and how we can play with really great tenacity. So we’e got to keep that up and build each week to become the defense that we want to be.”
Signing Ware was one of a handful of big moves the Broncos made to improve their defense this offseason. Another new signing, T.J. Ward, said after the game that the Broncos’ defense has a new mentality.
“I think we came out aggressive. I think that’s the perfect word,” Ward said. “We were very physical and I think we played pretty well.”
As long as Peyton Manning is around, the Broncos will have one of the best offenses in football. With their new additions on defense, there’s every reason to believe the Broncos will remain the best team in the AFC. Even if the team they met in Thursday night’s preseason game will have something to say about the identity of the best team in the NFL.