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      Nobody has more sacks in the last seven seasons than Denver Broncos star Von Miller Kyle Brodziak Jersey , who has dumped the quarterback 83 1-2 times since his Rookie of the Year debut in 2011.

      Miller’s sole sack of Seattle’s Russell Wilson, whom he’ll face for just the second time Sunday, came in 2014, eight months after the Seahawks throttled the Broncos in the Super Bowl with Miller sidelined by a knee injury.

      Neither player seems particularly enthusiastic about facing the other in the season opener at Mile High Stadium.

      “Russell’s elite,” Miller said Thursday. “Nobody likes playing Russell Wilson . He’s just elite, best of the best. As a pass rusher, you want a guy that when you get to him and you touch him, he’ll lay down for you. Russell’s the complete opposite.

      “He’s probably THE most elusive quarterback out there. So, nobody likes that, especially if you’re a sack guy.”

      Miller’s been a big fan of Wilson ever since seeing him outshine Matt Flynn in an exhibition game at Denver in Wilson’s rookie season.

      “I feel like he’s been great since his first couple of starts in the preseason, when was that, 2012, when he just went off in the preseason? I think he’s been great. He really hasn’t looked back since then,” Miller said. “He’s a great quarterback. He’s done everything the right way, one of those guys who you want your kids looking up to. So, Russell Wilson is a great quarterback and I’m looking forward to playing against him.

      “Not really.”

      Wilson is just as effusive in praise of Miller.

      “He’s one of those guys that’s a game changer Nikita Kucherov Jersey ,” Wilson said. “He can make some plays. I think the best thing for us is knowing where he is and playing smart football. When you’re playing LeBron James, or you’re playing guys like Kobe Bryant or Steph Curry, they’re going to make their plays.

      “He’s one of those guys for sure.”

      Miller always fancied himself more of a Dirk Nowitzki.

      “Yeah, I thought I was Dirk,” Miller cracked. “It’s great, especially coming from a guy like Russell. I already told you what type of player he is and what he means to the National Football League. So, for him to have those words for me are amazing.

      “I still don’t look forward to playing against him,” Miller stressed. “But it’s going to be a great game on Sunday.”

      Teams have long schemed to keep Miller from destroying their offensive game plans like he did in Super Bowl 50 with a pair of strip sacks of Cam Newton.

      They tilt protection his way, chip him with tight ends and otherwise force him to beat double teams most of the time.

      The addition of first-round draft pick Bradley Chubb should ease some of that attention .

      The fifth overall selection in the NFL draft, Chubb earned a starting spot opposite Miller but the Broncos have the best depth at that position in the league and can also unleash former first-rounder Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett on quarterbacks.

      “Von’s still going to get chipped, and early on they’re going to obviously test Bradley (to see) if he can win one-on-ones away from Von. If he does that, then we’ll get more fair protections,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. “But most teams are still going to turn to Von and chip Von. If they don’t, he’s going to take over the game.

      “But it helps having Chubb opposite and having Ray opposite and even with our NASCAR package having our four pass rushers on the field. That’s always a good deal, too. It creates more one-on-ones.”

      Chubb knows all about Wilson, who started three dozen games at NC State before transferring to Wisconsin.

      “I actually got a chance to meet him when I was there at a game Ryan Miller Jersey , so it was pretty cool,” Chubb said. “I didn’t watch him in college but now as a professional I see he makes plays with his feet and with his arms. He’s a great player.”

      His interaction with Wilson basically consisted of asking for a selfie.

      “It was more of a quick-type conversation. I came downstairs and he was right there and I said, ‘Hey, can I get a picture really quick?’ Took the picture, then he had to be on his way,” Chubb recalled.

      He’d love to run into Wilson again Sunday in Seattle’s backfield along with Miller.
      John Elway is looking to free agency for his fix at quarterback following a season in which all three of his drafted QBs fell flat in Denver.

      After sitting out the playoffs in each of the last two years following their Super Bowl 50 triumph, the Broncos have apparently found their next signal-caller. Case Keenum plans to sign with Denver when free agency opens Wednesday, ESPN reported early Tuesday.

      That would leave the Vikings, Cardinals and Jets vying to land ex-Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is expected to sign a record-breaking contract this week.

      The 30-year-old Keenum is considered the second-best QB available on the open market. He guided Minnesota to the NFC championship game after replacing an injured Sam Bradford last season.

      Keenum went 11-3 with 3,547 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions and threw that last-second heave to Stefon Diggs to stun the New Orleans Saints 29-24 in the playoffs.

      The Vikings, who were subsequently blown out at Philadelphia in the conference championship, decided to let all three of their QBs – Keenum, Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater – test free agency.

      With a sparkling new stadium, stacked roster and head coaching stability Riley Nash Jersey , the Vikings jumped to the head of the line of potential suitors for Cousins.

      The Broncos, who own the fifth pick in next month’s NFL draft, also considered Cousins following a 5-11 season in which Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all struggled behind a porous offensive line and questionable play-calling before Mike McCoy was replaced by Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.

      All three quarterbacks were draft picks by Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback who has only had success at quarterback in free agency.

      Six years ago, Elway landed Peyton Manning, the biggest free agent prize in NFL history, following his release by the Colts and a series of neck fusion surgeries.

      Manning had a spectacular closing chapter in Denver, leading the Broncos to the playoffs in all four of his seasons, reaching two Super Bowls and winning one.

      Manning retired a month after Denver’s 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50, and Elway brought in veteran Mark Sanchez, then moved up to grab Lynch in the first round of the draft.

      But it was Siemian, a seventh-rounder from Northwestern, who emerged as Manning’s surprise successor in 2016.

      Gary Kubiak stepped down as head coach over health concerns following a 9-7 season that ended the Broncos’ five-year playoff run.

      Siemian again handily beat out Lynch last summer, but the Broncos would cycle through their trio of homegrown QBs during a 5-11 season that nearly cost rookie head coach Vance Joseph his job.

      Keenum is a player the Broncos know well because Kubiak, now the Broncos’ senior personnel adviser Josh Bailey Jersey , coached him for two seasons while he was head coach of the Houston Texans.

      Keenum would have veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as his targets in Denver after Elway chose not to release either of the expensive wide receivers.

      At the NFL scouting combine this month, Elway said, ”we’ll continue to look at all of the options out there when it comes to quarterback.”

      That included choosing among the draft prospects that include Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and others.

      Despite his swings and misses at QB before, Elway said, ”Believe me, I’m not done swinging and missing. Misses don’t bother me. We just have to figure out a way to get it right. That is what we are working on.”

      Siemian, Lynch and Chad Kelly, a seventh-rounder last year who sat out his rookie season with injuries, remain on the roster.

      Elway insists the Broncos can get right back into the playoff picture with the right quarterback and tweaks to other areas of the roster.

      ”I still think we’re not too far away,” Elway said at the combine. ”Obviously, we have to get better at that (quarterback) position. We didn’t play well there last year. That doesn’t all go on the players. There were some things that we should have done differently that we didn’t do. I feel like we can get right back in the thick of the things rather quickly.”

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