DL Dre’Mont Jones continues to show why he’s going to be handsomely paid


The Broncos’ stock report after their 21-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Stock up

ILB Josey Jewell

The inside linebacker missed two games with a knee sprain but returned to the lineup Sunday, played every defensive snap and finished with a game-high nine tackles and a pair of tackles for loss. As good as Alex Singleton’s been, Jewell is a difference-maker on the Denver defense when he’s healthy. The only issue so far this season has been that he missed time with a calf strain and then again with a knee injury. It’s a position where the Broncos have depth — more on that below — but they’ll be better off if the former Iowa standout can keep himself in the lineup going forward.

WR Jerry Jeudy

Through the first six games of the season, Jeudy ranked 120th in catch percentage out of 125 receivers with at least 20 targets.  Over the past two weeks, he’s caught 13 passes on 18 targets (72.2%) for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That’s the kind of production Nathaniel Hackett and company were hoping for from the talented but inconsistent 2020 first-round draft pick. Is this the beginning of a blossoming for Jeudy? Or just a hot stretch to be followed by more struggles? If he starts consistently tracking and hauling in deep balls, look out.

DL Dre’Mont Jones

Who’s made himself more money this fall than Jones? The fourth-year defensive lineman is putting together a terrific season overall and had three more TFLs against Jacksonville. He’s positioned himself for a long-term contract that reflects his status as one of the more disruptive interior defensive linemen in the game. He’s been that good. Denver general manager George Paton, salary cap expert Rich Hurtado and the rest of the management team are going to have to prioritize who gets a big-money extension. Jones is at or near the top of the list.

OL Graham Glasgow

Glasgow struggled at times when he was filling in for Quinn Meinerz at right guard earlier this season, but he looked pretty comfortable at center Sunday in London. The veteran took over when Lloyd Cushenberry went down with a hip injury and did not return. If Cushenberry misses extended time, Glasgow’s ability to hold up against a heavy workload will be important, but he’s shown in the past he’s perhaps more natural in the middle than he is at guard.

Stock down

Offensive line depth

Another week, another injury up front for the Broncos. This time it’s Cushenberry. The game before it was Cam Fleming. Denver’s already lost Garett Bolles for the season and played most of the first stretch of the season without Quinn Meinerz. Tom Compton remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list but is getting closer to returning to action after back surgery. The Broncos are already piecing it together with Calvin Anderson and Billy Turner as the starting tackles and can’t really afford to test their depth much further.

ILB Jonas Griffith

This isn’t really a knock on Griffth as much as it is a reflection of the high-level play Denver is getting from Jewell and Alex Singleton. Griffith played half of the Broncos’ defensive snaps Sunday and finished with two assisted tackles. Singleton played half as many snaps and had four tackles, while Jewell played every snap and had a game-high nine tackles. Bottom line: If that trio can stay healthy — it’s been a struggle so far for Jewell — they’re going to be very productive.

Run defense

One of those oddball stats so far this season: Both times Denver’s offense has put three touchdowns on the board in a single game, an opposing running back has shredded them. In Las Vegas, Josh Jacobs rumbled for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the Raiders won, 32-23. This time around, the Broncos managed to win despite Jacksonville’s Travis Etienne gaining 156 yards and a score on 24 carries. The first back Denver faces after its bye week? Tennessee’s Derrick Henry, who blasted Houston for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns on Sunday and has four consecutive 100-yard outings.


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