BRONCOS

The Broncos unsung hero on defense needs to stay in Denver

Sep 21, 2021, 6:29 AM
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 19: Strong safety Kareem Jackson #22 of the Denver Broncos celebr...
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The Broncos defense showed up big against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a rocky first series, the defense got on track and continued to clamp the Jags offense the rest of the game. Rookie Pat Surtain got a pick, Von Miller got another sack, but it was none other than Kareem Jackson who turned the tide of the game for good.

Kareem was what we like to call a “tone setter” against the Jaguars. He was all over the field. One pass deflection, four solo tackles and of course his game-changing interception. At 33 years old, the man still plays like he’s in his prime. He’s the best player no one talks about on the national stage.

This Broncos defense is loaded. Von Miller, Justin Simmons and Kyle Fuller have made NFL All-Pro teams. Pat Surtain look like the real deal as a rookie. And they’re still missing Pro Bowl. linebacker Bradley Chubb. It’s easy to miss Kareem’s impact, but the man has been one of the best Broncos defenders since he arrived in 2019.

Kareem is going to put the Broncos in a tough situation this offseason. He’s an older player, but his leadership and playmaking ability are so crucial to this Broncos defense, especially the secondary. What he means for Justin Simmon’s development, making sure guys are in the right spot, his ability to be around the football, the Broncos would be wise to bring this man back even in his age 34 season.

That was evident on Sunday when the safety helped propel Denver to a 2-0 start.

Broncos

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 17: Noah Fant (87) of the Denver Broncos sits on the grass after narrowly miss...
James Merilatt

Pick Six: Who is up and who is down after the Broncos loss in Week 6

When a team gets embarrassed on their home field, there are going to be more stocks falling than rising, as is the case with the Broncos
13 hours ago
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 3: Alexander Johnson #45 of the Denver Broncos on the sidelines before a game...
James Merilatt

The Broncos are woefully thin at inside linebacker after latest injury

With both Josey Jewell and Alexander Johnson lost for the season, oddly to the same injury, it'll be up to a couple of unfamiliar names to step up
13 hours ago
Baker Mayfield...
Cecil Lammey

Three keys to the Broncos beating the Browns on Thursday night

While things look bleak after an embarrassing loss to the Raiders, the quick turnaround may play into the Broncos hands as they head to Cleveland
13 hours ago
DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 17: Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) takes a moment at Empo...
Ben Freid

Broncos players deserve plenty of blame for the team’s three-game slide

While it's easy to point the finger of blame at the coaching staff, the Broncos star players have been no-shows the past three weeks
13 hours ago
Drop the Mike...
Mike Evans

Re-arranging deck chairs and other observations from the Raiders debacle

While demanding change it an understandable point of view, it would be the wise or prudent course of action for George Paton to take
13 hours ago
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 21:Los Angeles Rams linebacker Micah Kiser (59) during the NFL preseason gam...
Cecil Lammey

60 Seconds: Next man up once again for the Broncos at ILB

Micah Kiser will be a downgrade for the Broncos in the run game compared to Alexander Johnson but perhaps an upgrade in pass defense
2 days ago
The Broncos unsung hero on defense needs to stay in Denver