Bradley Chubb on track to achieve goal of double-digit sacks
Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb enters Sunday’s game at Carolina with a team-best 7 1/2 sacks and the goal over the final four weeks is to reach double-digits.
“It would be huge for me after (last year’s torn ACL) and what I went through mentally in thinking, ‘Maybe I’m done. Maybe I can’t do this anymore,’” he said before practice Friday. “It would be good to just erase all those thoughts. Having that goal at the beginning of the season and to finally reach it would be pretty cool.”
Chubb, who was limited to four games last year, has played every game this year and leads the Broncos with 24 pass-rush “disruptions,” according to The Denver Post’s game charting.
In a reflective mood, Chubb looked back at his rehabilitation and the natural doubts that crept into his mind.
“During the rehab process, there were days where I’d get sore and be like, ‘Oh, man, I don’t know (about regaining his form),’” he said. “Just a whole bunch of stuff comes into your head. … But at the end of the day, when I started talking to my family and people close to me, it brought back out the confidence that I have in myself. It would never be a constant thing in my head that I would never be the same player.”
The only speed-bump Chubb has hit this year came during a late August practice at Mile High when he was shut down because of knee soreness.
Chubb said there was initial concern, “just because you’re getting back to it and the season was getting so close and then boom, it’s like, ‘Oh, man, now what? Now am I going to be out?’ It was a whole bunch of stuff going through your head like that. But when you really sit down and look at for what it is, it allows you to calm down and that’s what I did.”
Injury report. Right guard Graham Glasgow (foot) did not practice Friday and is listed as doubtful to play Sunday.
The Broncos have used the “doubtful” designation only three times this year — running back Phillip Lindsay in Week 3 and returner/receiver Diontae Spencer in Week 9. Lindsay and Spencer did not play.
Receiver Tyrie Cleveland (illness, did not practice Friday) and safety Trey Marshall (shin, limited all week) are questionable.
Return game boost. The Broncos expect to get Spencer back after he missed two games on the COVID-19/reserve list. He should provide a pulse to the punt return game.
“We’ve had five games where we went into the game really to fair catch the football without Spence,” special teams coordinator Tom McMahon said. “We weren’t trying to ‘return.’ We were just making sure we caught the ball because of depth issues.”
Overall on special teams, McMahon said: “We’ve started to progress these last three games. You see it with continuity, too. We’ve had a lot of the same guys the last few games. I think we have a ways to go. We need to cover some kicks in order to see where our coverage is.”
Footnotes. Fangio on quarterback Drew Lock appearing on the injury report (back). “It kind of tightened up on him late in practice (Wednesday). But he came in and got treatment and has been fine since.” … Safety Will Parks will be active in his return to the Broncos. “He’s done well (this week),” Fangio said. “We’re confident to play him if we need to.” … Kansas City posted 12 explosive plays against the Broncos last week — eight passes of at least 16 yards and four rushes of at least 12 yards. For the season, opponents have 84 explosive plays (54 passes/30 rushes) and the Broncos have 85 (59 passes/26 rushes). … During a team meeting Thursday, the Broncos presented their “Champions in the Community” awards. Left guard Dalton Risner (Community Impact Award), defensive lineman McTelvin Agim (Community Rookie) and outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, receiver Tim Patrick and inside linebackers Alexander Johnson and Joe Jones (Community Ambassadors) were honored. … Carolina leads the NFL with 12 fumble recoveries. “They play hard on defense, they have good team speed, they swarm well and they’ve done a good job knocking (the football) out,” Fangio said.