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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

Include Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave on the list of individuals who want more carries for rookie running backs Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay.

Lindsay has 45 carries for 267 yards and Freeman 44 carries for 219 yards. Monday, coach Vance Joseph said he wanted Freeman in particular to get more work.

"Both he and Phillip are running really well," Musgrave said after Thursday's practice. "We need to get them more turns. Take the training wheels off those two young guys and let them go (and) when I talk about that, I'm talking to myself (about) taking the training wheels off."

Jewell brought the same habits to Denver. He arrives early for meetings. He sits in the front row. And he devours film.

"A lot of my stuff is from watching a lot of film. Watching a lot of film of myself and guys that are in the same scheme," he said. "So watching a lot of tape on us overall as a defense, watching B-Marsh ... being able to understand his reads, where he's looking and where he's fitting on every gap and every run play or where he's going on every pass in coverage, depending on what coverage we're playing. And then it falls into watching other people's tape and watching up on the next team. It comes down first knowing your job and then after that you can play off of it."

The Broncos brought in Jewell for a pre-draft visit to get to know the person as well as the player, and both sides came away believing the fit would be ideal.

Described as "a tackling machine," Jewell was lauded by Joseph as a natural at the position.

The Broncos' front seven should be able to make the Jets one-dimensional in the passing game on Sunday.

Sam Darnold started off the season hot with an upset against the Detroit Lions, going 16-of-21 passing with two touchdowns in a blowout win. In the last three games, however, Darnold has completed only 57-of-106 passes and has thrown twice as many interceptions (four) as touchdowns (two). His greatest success in the passing game has come off bootleg passes and easy screens. Through the first four weeks of the season, the Jets' offense averaged 289.3 net yards per game to rank 29th in the league and 201.3 passing yards to rank 27th.

For the Broncos to win -- especially on the road where they have one victory in two seasons -- All-Pro outside linebacker Von Miller must shine. No twinkles. Only full magnitude allowed.

The Broncos are saddled with a two-game losing streak. Miller has no sacks the past two weeks as part of a defense that has not produced a takeaway since the season opener. Only the Cowboys, with two, have fewer.

"I've got to get some sacks. If I can get to the quarterback, sack, force a fumble -- if I can get to the quarterback, I can maybe alter the throw. We've got a great secondary. I've just got to play better. I've got to do better. I've still got a long way to go and I feel like I can do that," Miller said. "We've got some big-time games coming up and I need to be big in those."

Let's be clear. Von is not why the Broncos are losing. However, he can be the reason they win. He knows it.