Yes, DeMarcus Ware’s 2013 season didn’t go as planned. And yes, he is on the wrong side of 30.
However, there’s still reason to believe that the standout can contribute in Denver.
Ware has 117 career sacks, and while he had just six in 2013, his production was still solid. An elbow injury hampered him for most of the year, causing him to miss three games and limiting his production in the seven subsequent contests.
Even with the injury, Ware, according to Pro Football Focus, graded out as the eighth-best 4-3 defensive end. Plus, just as recently as 2011, he piled up 19.5 sacks. He still has ample talent, and he’s on a mission to prove that.
In addition, expect Ware to contribute against the run as well. He posted 40 tackles in 2013, and he’s had as many as 84 (in a season). For a pass-rushing defensive end, that’s incredible.
Ware and Von Miller will team up to wreak havoc on quarterbacks. Miller should draw the tougher matchups due to his youth and raw talent, which would give Ware favorable matchups.
And knowing Ware, if he gets those matchups, he would dominate.
Opposing quarterbacks need to watch out. Despite Ware’s age and elbow injury, he’s going to come through with a tremendous performance in 2014.
Stat projections: 13.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, 53 tackles