Von Miller: Shane Ray is ready to replace DeMarcus Ware

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Quarterback has been a big conversation topic around the Broncos this offseason and getting better offensive play is a big need in Denver, but any gains on that side would be mitigated by a step backward on defense.

One departure that could lead to such a step is the loss of linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who opted to retire after the end of last season. It’s one that the Broncos planned for by drafting Shane Ray, however, and Ware’s partner over the last few years Von Miller believes Ray will be up to the task of filling Ware’s shoes.

“Shane being a starter from Day 1 — I think that will definitely help his game,” Miller said, via ESPN.com. “He’ll have to come out in key situations and be the guy this year. … And Shane’s been ready. He’s been ready for a long time.”

Ray has shown signs of being ready for more in his first two seasons. He had four sacks as a rookie and eight last season while playing 58 percent of the snaps as a sub or replacement for Ware while the veteran was dealing with a back injury. If his productivity remains the same while his playing time increases, the Broncos won’t see much, if any, drop off the edge.

18 responses to “Von Miller: Shane Ray is ready to replace DeMarcus Ware

  1. The title of this article should be, Von Miller: I believe Shane Ray is ready to wear size 27 shoes.

    Inside scoop: he’s not. Ray might be really good one day, but he isn’t ready to be considered one of the best defensive players in the game for the majority of his career.

  2. You guys don’t have a clue… Ware didn’t play much at all last year so Ray was the full time starter and did pretty well. Keep hating on the Broncos. Oh and they will have a top 5 defense again next year. We hated to lose Wade but the defense was top 5 before he even arrived FYI.. Check the stats

  3. Uhmmmm….don’t think he’s much of a choice in this…but doubt he’s yet ready….DW had way more experience & knowledge to pull from & infuse in the D

  4. but any gains on that side would be mitigated by a step backward on defense.
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    Explain. Why would the D automatically get worse if the offense gets better. Back up your claim.

  5. milehighcityboss says:
    Apr 14, 2017 11:17 AM
    You guys don’t have a clue… Ware didn’t play much at all last year so Ray was the full time starter and did pretty well. Keep hating on the Broncos. Oh and they will have a top 5 defense again next year. We hated to lose Wade but the defense was top 5 before he even arrived FYI.. Check the stats

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    You might have a top 5 defense but the Patriots are going to beat you in your own gym again next year.

  6. @Oddte

    I highly doubt it! Don’t forget the pats barely squeaked away with a win last year because the Broncos had zero offense. That will definitely change.

  7. racerx1225 says:

    Apr 14, 2017 11:58 AM
    Oakland owns you. Get used to it horseface,

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    Yeah… and remind me again what happened the last time the raiders faced the Broncos? Don’t make me laugh…

  8. Ray may be better than Ware. And he will have to be.

    Their only win last year against a quality opponent was over the Carr-less Raiders(who didn’t even showed up for the game).

  9. milehighcityboss says:
    Apr 14, 2017 12:38 PM
    @Oddte

    I highly doubt it! Don’t forget the pats barely squeaked away with a win last year because the Broncos had zero offense. That will definitely change.

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    16-3, what a squeaker. You still have zero offense and the Patriots still have Tom Brady.

  10. Fact:

    Trey Flowers has made more plays in 1 year than Shane Ray has made in 2.

    Except one was not drafted in the middle of Rd 1.

    Get it, Donkey fans?

  11. tylawspick6 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 3:25 PM
    Fact:

    Trey Flowers has made more plays in 1 year than Shane Ray has made in 2.

    Except one was not drafted in the middle of Rd 1.

    Get it, Donkey fans?

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    Who is Trey Flowers?? and what does he have to do with this article that is about Shane Ray?

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