ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --In less than a week, the Broncos' Dove Valley facility will once again be filled with players.
The club's offseason conditioning program kicks off on Monday, a first step for many in the return to football for the 2014 season.
But for Von Miller, he's been preparing for 2014 since an ACL ended his 2013 campaign last December. He's been working at the team's facility ever since.
"I'm anxious to get everybody back," he said. "We've had a lot of people in there so far. The rehab guys -- me, Chris (Harris Jr.), (Ryan) Clady, the guys that come work out -- we've got probably like a third of the guys in there right now. But to have everybody back, to get the receivers in there and everything, get that chemistry back flowing again, I'm anxious for it. It really wasn't an offseason for me this year. I never stopped. So getting everybody back in off the offseason will be great to see the guys and start working again."
Miller said his recovery has gone well so far. He has been running for the past two weeks and has constantly been focusing on the muscles around his injured knee -- "the thighs, quads, abs -- all the muscles that stabalize your body."
While he doesn't want to set a strict timetable, he said his recovery is currently ahead of schedule. And though he won't force anything, his goal is to play in every game -- starting with Week 1.
But he knows he needs to get his body back to 100 percent first.
"It's just being patient. You want to just wake up and push through it, but it's not one of those things," Miller said. "You've just got to be patient and grind and let your body heal. Everybody's body is different. It just depends on how your body is reacting to the rehab. It's just something that you can't rush. You've got to take your time with it."
He's been doing just that all along with the goal of getting back onto the field with his teammates -- including a player he patterned his game after, new Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
View photos of DeMarcus Ware, who agreed to terms with the Broncos on Wednesday. Photos by AP.
"It's a true blessing. I think it will be great. He's been a leader, he's been consistent for the last nine, 10 years he's been in the league, and I think that he still has a ton of football left," Miller said. "I'm looking forward to his leadership in the locker room, I'm looking forward to him just being healthy and him not just having to do everything on defense, because the Broncos have done a great job of getting big-time players in this year and I'm anxious to get back on the field and play with those guys."
As for exactly how much fear the pass-rushing duo can put into opposing quarterbacks, Miller said he doesn't want to "put a cap onto what we can do."
"I just want to go out there and grind as hard as we can. I know if we do that, Broncos fans, the Broncos organization, everybody will be pleased with what we do."
Miller, who has slimmed down to 250 pounds through all of his rehab work throughout the offseason, said he has looked at Adrian Peterson's recovery as a challenge.
Not only did the Minnesota Vikings running back come back quickly from an ACL injury, he came back to have the best season of his career and earn the league's Most Valuable Player award.
"I embrace it. I'm hoping that I can grind and do something similar," Miller said. "I mean I'm 25 years old -- I'm hoping that my coming years are better than my first two. I'm positive. Every year I get smarter with the game. You recognize stuff a little bit faster, the game is a little bit slower. Vets told me when I first came in it was going to happen. I think it's starting to happen."
And he hopes that can only benefit him and his teammates as they strive to put last season's Super Bowl loss behind them -- but not too quickly.
"It's just fuel we're going to have to use," he said of the Broncos' Super Bowl XLVIII defeat. "I wouldn't want to get the sour taste out too quick, because the year before we lost to the Ravens and that pushed us this past season. The Super Bowl this year, I think it will just push us even more. We're right there. We're right on the edge of it. All the guys have been putting that extra one percent in, and hopefully it will pay off for us this coming-up season."