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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Lindsay runs with an intriguing combination of power and grace. He seems to glide at times, accelerating through the hole while picking the perfect line without slowing down.

As Joseph said, the Broncos rookie runner has shaken off any doubts that his early-season breakout was a flash in the pan. Lindsay is the real deal.

"The Broncos were one of the first teams to reach out to me and I really felt comfortable with them," he said. "Every other team called and would ask, 'Is this a good (phone) number to reach you during the draft?' That was pretty much all they said. The Broncos asked about the process, how my body was feeling, how I was doing. That spoke volumes to me."

Wilkinson signed with the Broncos after the draft, was waived after last year's training camp, was signed to the practice squad again and then promoted for the final nine games. He started training camp this year on the third team, but quietly passed other players because he could also play guard.

"I played some inside in the preseason, so it's not a complete shock to be going in at right guard," he said. "This is why we do those things in the preseason, to get ready in case things happen. It's definitely different — you're definitely facing a way bigger guy instead of a quicker and smaller guy. But you focus on the training, trust the details we hone in on during the week and get the job done."

Said right tackle Jared Veldheer: "We're excited for him. He jumped in there (during the) last game and did a heck of a job. I know he's going to build off that."

Let's start with the pass rush. While the selection of linebacker Bradley Chubb can be debated -- should the Broncos have taken a quarterback? -- his production cannot. He owns eight sacks, and is on pace to equal or eclipse Jevon "The Freak" Kearse's NFL single-season sack record of 14.5 set in 1999. All-Pro Von Miller owns nine sacks, putting him in position to threaten his career-best of 18.5 in 2012. No NFL tandem has more than Miller, who needs one sack to reach 100 in his career, and Chubb's 17 sacks.

"I am looking forward to going up against (Philip) Rivers," said Chubb, who met the quarterback last spring at N.C. State. "But I know he will get rid of the ball quickly."

In a league dizzy drunk with good quarterbacks, a rush is necessary. The Broncos sit tied for seventh with 28 sacks, three shy of the league lead. This represents a significant upgrade from a year ago, and reflects the stardom of Miller and Chubb, who have combined for 11.5 sacks over the past four games.

Miller said the only reason he used to despise Rivers was the uniform he wears.

"I just didn't like him because he played for the Chargers," Miller said.

It wasn't so hard for him to come around to liking the guy, however.

"You ride on the bus at the Pro Bowl and in the locker room you're just around the guys and you're like, 'Man, this guy's cool. I like this guy.' He's a great father. He's a great leader for the Chargers," Miller said. "I know some guys over there in Melvin Ingram and Melvin Gordon and they say the same thing about him.

"Everybody loves him. I've got a lot of respect for him and this game's going to be a good one."