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The other point of emphasis for the Broncos this season will be stopping the run. The Broncos were 31st in the league last season against the run. The team surrendered an average 154.6 yards per game in 2011.
To remedy this glaring issue, the staff brought in two key acquisitions in the offseason: Ty Warren and Brodrick Bunkley.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, Warren is going to miss significant time this season. He is undergoing surgery to repair a tear in his tricep muscle, and the Broncos are hopeful that they will have him back for a couple games at the very end of the season. The other loss for the Broncos on the same day was Marcus Thomas, who was injured the same day with a pectoral injury. It appears that Thomas’ injury is less severe and he will only be out for the preseason.
The Broncos will now rely heavily on Bunkley, a key acquisition through trade the Broncos made with the Eagles this offseason, whom the Broncos listed in last week’s depth chart as the starting nose tackle. Bunkley must demonstrate why he was brought in to Denver this week and bottle up Bills’ rushers Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
Kevin Vickerson was a holdover from last season’s Broncos, and he looks to secure a starting spot in the Broncos' defense. Vickerson needs to win over the coaching staff and show that he can be counted on to be the starting defensive tackle if he wants to see much playing time this year.