ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – **After sitting out the Broncos' preseason opener at Seattle last Friday night, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is chomping at the bit to return to action this Saturday against the Texans.
"We had just the jersey on today and me and Von [Miller], we were hustling around… saying, 'Hey, man. We're ready for the game. We're ready to make those big plays,'" Ware said. "I think it's a break of training camp for some of the veteran guys. We're ready to go out there and play. We're ready to really just get the job done and get the season started. That is what we've been waiting for and to get that bad taste out of our mouths from last year."
Ware will make his debut this preseason on Saturday in Houston along with other veteran players who sat out the first game against the Seahawks in order to stay fresh.
Here are the top photos from the entire practice on the final day of training camp at UCHealth Training Center. (All photos by Eric Bakke)
The 11-year veteran will be closing in on new milestones this season including breaking into the NFL's all-time sack leaders' top-10 chart. Ware currently sits at No. 14 with 127 and only needs seven sacks to break into the top 10.
"I think right now I'm ready for the regular season to really just get things going," Ware said. "Training camp has been really on-the-go, really fast. Being in shape, that's the main thing: getting ready for the season, but preparing for a team is what you need a whole week for when you play on Sundays.
"I think preparation is what's going to be needed for this game. You're only going to play a short period of time, but the small things that you can prepare for is almost like that sudden change in the game. How fast can you prepare for the little time that you have?"
Without the team's veterans, the Broncos were able to show their depth on defense in the first game of the preseason. As a unit, the defense posted seven sacks from seven different players.
"That's a testament to the coaches," Ware said. "From the ones all the way to the twos, guys can be productive and get in there and play. When the starters are out there, I'm ready to see what we can do. I think everybody's going to be playing this game and it's a great opportunity to showcase how we need to be this year."