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Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

"Our front seven has played very well in all three games, as far as keeping the run to a minimum," coach Vance Joseph said. "That's putting more burden on the back end. We have to go continue to stop the run and obviously play better in the back end."

Denver has allowed only two runs of 12-plus yards — Chris Carson of Seattle (24) and Alex Collins of Baltimore (14). And, per Denver Post game charting, the Broncos have recorded 36 combined "run stuffs" or gains of three-or-fewer yards — not counting short-yardage or kneel-downs. Among Denver's more active stuffers are nose tackle Domata Peko (4) and linebacker Todd Davis (6-1/2).

"We've got solid players like (Derek) Wolfe, Adam, big Shelby (Harris) and Zach (Kerr) — all veteran players who are really stingy against the run," Peko said. "We don't like people to run on us. When people run on you, they're controlling you."

"I don't think there are many, maybe not any, guys like Chris," Broncos linebacker Von Miller said. "Especially now, when everybody, it seems like, has receivers and tight ends who all run fast and catch the ball."

So Harris has to be fast with the fastest and physical with the strongest. And he has to handle calls in the secondary.

"Chris isn't as big as some corners, but he can play outside because he's got great, great, great quickness and he's aggressive and he can always find the ball," Joseph said. "You watch Chris against big guys, he has great timing, great feel for the play; even with the back-shoulder throws, he finds the ball. And in the slot, everything happens so fast and the guy has a three-way go on every play -- inside, outside or go vertical -- so you have to know the offensive concepts to even play in there and also be smart enough to fit in the run game.

"It's part linebacker, part corner, part safety with a tremendous football IQ; that's really, really hard to find a guy like that."

Briscoe refused to switch positions after being drafted as a cornerback by the Denver Broncos, telling his team that he'd return home to become a teacher if he couldn't get a tryout at quarterback. Denver agreed to an audition, and that season the 5-foot-10 dynamo nicknamed "The Magician" became the first black quarterback to start a game in the American Football League.

"It's just so many different historic things that happened in the year 1968, it was unfathomable," Briscoe said. "It just seemed poetic justice, so to speak, that the color barrier be broken that year at that position. For some reason, I was ordained to be the litmus test for that. I think I did a good job."

Kingsbury called Keenum and Mahomes "both such remarkable stories." Keenum had one scholarship offer coming out of high school and Mahomes had one Power Five opportunity. Kingsbury completed his playing career for the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2007 and began his coaching career at Houston the next year when Keenum was a third-year player. He was an offensive quality control coach for two years before coach Kevin Sumlin promoted him to co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for 2010-11.

Keenum set NCAA records for career passing yards (19,217) and passing touchdowns (155).

"Just an incredible young man," Kingsbury said. "Great personality. Very humble. Very open to working. Me having played quarterback in a similar offense to what we were running (at Houston) and playing Texas high school football and being the sons of coaches, we clicked early on. We were both football junkies and loved the X's and O's.

But he's got his own NFL locker now, if in the practice squad section, for two reasons: One, Marquette King, the Broncos' current punter, has been inconsistent through three games; and two, Tom McMahon, the Broncos' special teams coordinator, has been enamored with Wadman for a while.

"When he was in Indy he started scouting me back then,'' Wadman said. "He visited me in Davis for a workout and he brought me in to Indy for a minicamp. We've had a few workouts together.''

When McMahon moved his coaching talents from the Indianapolis Colts to the Broncos this year, he brought Wadman in to the UCHealth Training Center this summer for a minicamp look.