When Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods looks back at Justin Simmons' first start of the young season, he sees a lot of promise.
"I thought he did a solid job," Woods said Thursday. "He made a few mistakes during the course of the game, stuff that we can easily fix. But overall, I thought it was a solid performance for his first game of the season."
Against the Cowboys, the challenge only gets tougher for Simmons. A week after the Broncos largely nullified the Chargers' tight ends, Simmons must deal with future Hall of Famer Jason Witten. Simmons knows plenty about the 15-year pro; Simmons' dad was a Cowboys fan and watched plenty of the team's game with his son. On Sunday, though, Simmons' dad will be firmly in the Broncos camp, and he'll be watching his son guard a player who is quarterback Dak Prescott's safety net at times. If Simmons can take that away, the Broncos' chances of winning will shoot up.