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Broncos camp report: Dumervil seeks early-down sacks

Jeff LegwoldRocky Mountain NewsVail, CO Collorado
Barry Gutierrez/Rocky Mountain NewsBroncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil, smiling at training camp Monday, said the great ends get sacks and force fumbles on early downs.
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DENVER, Colorado Elvis does not want to leave the lineup.No, Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil wants to play every down of every game, no matter what conventional wisdom may say.”Look, I know people still say I’m too short or whatever to play all the time. I’ve been hearing that as long as I can remember. I don’t even listen any more,” Dumervil said. “I just want to be one of those guys who make things happen.”Dumervil, at 5-foot-11 and 260 pounds, has led the Broncos in sacks in each of his first two seasons – 8 1/2 in 2006 and 12 1/2 in 2007. And this offseason, he said he has gone about the business of trying to expand his horizons.Dumervil changed his diet – he wanted to maintain his weight, but “get more muscle” – and revved up the video machine.”Last year, I just didn’t have enough early-down sacks,” Dumervil said. “A lot of my biggest plays came on third down. But I want to make sure I’m making more of an impact on first and second down, too. You see the great ones – (Michael) Strahan, (Jason) Taylor – they get their sacks on early downs, cause fumbles on early downs, too.”Dumervil became a starter in 2007 when Ebenezer Ekuban suffered a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury in a preseason game in Dallas. This season, Ekuban is playing at defensive tackle for the most part, and Dumervil consistently has lined up with the first-team defense.And it is Ekuban, a 10th-year veteran, who believes Dumervil can be a front-line end in the league.”For him to take his game to the next level, he’s got to watch a lot more film like he has been,” Ekuban said. “Study a lot of guys, and every play has to be a full relentless effort. That’s any young guy, you have to learn how to practice, pushing your body as hard as you can in practice when you don’t think you can give any more. If he will do that, he will be unstoppable.”He’s just been getting by on natural athletic ability. But this offseason and this camp, he’s playing the run better than he has in the last two years. He’s taken that serious approach to playing the run. I see him becoming that complete defensive end that people said he couldn’t be.”IF THE SHOE FITS: Broncos kicker Matt Prater often can be seen wearing sneakers at practice, but when it’s time to kick, he changes into another shoe on his right foot.A shoe, like many kickers around the league, that is roughly one size smaller than what he would wear away from the field.”If you have a cleat that is tennis- shoe size, or just a regular size when you kick, when you lock your ankle out, your toe is going to hit the ground,” Prater said. “So you wear the smaller shoe to keep that from happening. But it mashes your toes, your toes will go numb after about an hour or so, so you have to kind have some other shoes ready.”Prater put on a show in the afternoon practice – a special teams-only affair – pounding several kickoffs deep.”I’m getting pretty consistent, getting more comfortable, getting the butterflies out,” Prater said.LATE ARRIVALS: It certainly has been a dry summer, even at Dove Valley.Running back Selvin Young and linebackers D.J. Williams and Boss Bailey came onto the practice field well after the start of the morning workout because all three had been selected to be randomly tested as part of the league’s drugs and steroids testing program.”They didn’t allow us to come out until we gave them a sample, which doesn’t make sense to me,” Williams said. “I filled it up halfway to where they wanted it to and I tried to come out (to practice) and they were like, no, you have to fill it all the way up.”I weigh 7 pounds heavier than I normally do, I drank about 10 to 12 waters.”ETC.:* With Young having been delayed to the practice field, it adjusted the Broncos’ practice rotation at running back in the morning workout with rookie Ryan Torain taking several snaps with the second-team offense.* Nate Webster again worked at middle linebacker with the starting defense.* Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall had the play of the day when they hooked up for a catch-and-run score in the move-the-ball period in the morning. It amounted to a one-play scoring drive for the group.Subscribe to the Rocky Mountain NewsComments * July 28, 2008 8:56 p.m. Suggest removal Dynamicdave writes: The random testing could have waited till after the practise or better yet, when they 1st arrived. Not when they are ready to go onto the field. That is just the league’s way of abusing their power and ‘flexing their chests”. Be sensible about it for Gods sake. Your timing is awful as well as arrogant. Now as for Dumervil, he will be an animal this year. I think he will be right up there in the running for sacks, again. GOOOOOOOOOOO BRONCOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! * July 29, 2008 7:24 a.m. Suggest removal LingLingfor_prez writes: Go Chargers!Post your commentRegistration is required. Click here to create your free user account, or login below.Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. 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