Broncos have high expectations for second-year pro


The bad news: With Randy Gregory on injured reserve with a knee injury, the Broncos are without one of their dynamic edge rushers for at least a month.

The silver lining: The Broncos have a young but raw playmaker-in-waiting behind Gregory in Baron Browning, whom the team believes is capable of becoming a consistent disruptor. All Browning needs is reps to develop.

“It’s been a transition for Baron to go to outside linebacker from inside linebacker as a rookie, but during the preseason, he was doing great things with sacks and forced fumbles and even a touchdown (in the preseason finale),” linebacker Bradley Chubb said. “You see some of those same things budding in practice and during the regular season, and I know when he gets more snaps, those big plays are going to come to him.”

That’s exactly what the Broncos need to happen after losing Gregory, who was living up to his huge five-year offseason deal before getting hurt in the loss in Las Vegas Sunday.

Gregory has two sacks, two forced fumbles, two tackles for loss and nine tackles overall, but he won’t be back until at least Week 10 in Tennessee, after Denver’s bye. Gregory is having his right knee scoped to determine the severity of his injury and a course for rehabilitation, but head coach Nathaniel Hackett said the outside linebacker’s ACL is okay.


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