Broncos, Briefly: Monday, March 25, 2019

During his introductory news conference in January, Fangio said Von Miller “can play even better than he’s played in his career,” a challenge Miller welcomed. But Fangio also has big expectations for Miller’s counterpart, Bradley Chubb.

“For him to make a big jump and improve from Year 1 to Year 2,” Fangio said. “I think he’s very capable of that. He’s got versatility. He could play outside backer like everybody knows in the nickel. He’s a guy you can sink down inside and play some as a D-lineman. I’m anxious to work with him and see how versatile he might be.”

“Between Chris, Bryce and Kareem, we have guys who play corner or nickel and in Kareem’s case, possibly play safety. It’s always good to have versatility when you’re putting the thing together because there are basically five starters in the secondary with the nickel position being a starter. Invariably through the season, somebody may get hurt for a game or two so that versatility will help us survive those moments.”

In the past decade, only one tight end has cracked the top 10 picks of the draft – Eric Ebron, 10th overall by the Detroit Lions in 2014. And, over that span, only one draft class featured more than three tight ends landing in the top 50 picks – that would be 2017, when there were five tight ends selected in that range, including three first-rounders.

The news of Rob Gronkowski’s retirement wafted over the annual NFL Meetings at the stately old Arizona Biltmore at mid-afternoon Sunday, and there was universal respect from the NFL community for a tight end who played with joy and a brutal effectiveness.

The Chiefs’ proposal to adjust overtime to ensure that both teams get a possession even if the first team to possess the ball scores a touchdown absolutely should be adopted. Two of the last three seasons have seen the Patriots win a coin toss in a championship-level game, drive the length of the field, score a touchdown, and walk off a winner — while the current league MVP (Matt Ryan in 2016 and Patrick Mahomes in 2018) — had to sit and watch it all happen.

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