ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — So many mock drafts continue to portray John Elway as having fallen for Missouri's Drew Lock even though the Denver Broncos boss hasn't spent nearly as much time scouting...
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10. DENVER (6-10)
LAST SEASON: John Elway brushed aside two consecutive dreadful drafts (which netted first-rounders Paxton Lynch and Garett Bolles) and hit mother lode with Bradley Chubb,...
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DENVER BRONCOS (6-10)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RT Jared Veldheer, DT Domata Peko, CB Tramaine Brocks, OLB Shaquil Barrett, C Matt Paradis, OLB Shane Ray, G Billy Turner, CB Bradley Roby, WR...
Broncos offer mixed bag for next head coach
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Whoever replaces Vance Joseph as the Denver Broncos' fourth head coach in six seasons may not find a franchise quarterback awaiting him.
Miller, Broncos aim to avoid back-to-back losing seasons
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos pass rusher Von Miller quickly sacked any notion that there's nothing left to play for in a season that's gone awry.
Browns-Broncos matchup is family feud for Chubb cousins
DENVER (AP) — When Bradley Chubb was pestering quarterbacks in the ACC and Nick Chubb was plowing through SEC defenses, the second cousins dreamed of facing each other in a bowl game.
Bradley, a defensive end at North Carolina State, and Nick, a running back at Georgia, never got that opportunity in college.
Broncos’ reliance on rookies only increases with injuries
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway's plan has worked brilliantly.
After watching his 2017 rookie class crater in crunch time, the Broncos general manager placed high value on experience and maturity this spring. Those criteria produced a cast packed with players who had spent four years in college and who had been captains for their teams.
Broncos promote rookie pass rusher Jeff Holland
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jeff Holland takes his inspiration from Von Miller on the practice field and Phillip Lindsay in the locker room.
The former Auburn star met Miller while preparing for the NFL draft. When his name wasn't called, he quickly signed with Denver so he could learn from the best — with lessons thrown in from two other first-rounders, rookie Bradley Chubb and Shane Ray, along with Shaq Barrett and pass rush consultant DeMarcus Ware.
Denver pass-rushing partners Miller and Chubb best in NFL
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers bring the best wide receiving combo and top tight end twosome into Denver this weekend. Countering all that is the league's most prolific pass-rushing pair in Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb .
Streaking Chargers face challenge hosting Broncos on Sunday
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers offense have been sensational during their six-game winning streak. The veteran quarterback noted this week as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos that things can turn south quickly.
"We haven't won six in a row in a while, but it can be a one-game losing streak just like that. So I think, again, it's week to week," Rivers said. "Again, now we've reset and get ready for the Broncos on Sunday."
Broncos rookie edge rusher Chubb making up for slow start
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Bradley Chubb has made up for a slow September start in a big way.
The Denver Broncos' rookie edge rusher was honored as the NFL's top rookie defender for the month of October after collecting 16 tackles, 12 of them solo, 5½ sacks, five tackles for loss, 13 pressures, eight QB hits, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in five games last month.
Miller agrees he needs to make more plays, not play more
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller concurs with his coaches that he needs to make more plays, not that he needs to play more.
The Broncos (2-2) haven't had a takeaway since the season opener, and the fulcrum of Denver's defense said the solution is simple: "I've got to get some sacks."
Miller said if he can get to the quarterback like he did in the opener, when he dumped Russell Wilson three times, he can either force a fumble or a bad throw.
NC State tries to keep rolling in opener vs. James Madison
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State's defense is ready to show off its overhauled look in Saturday's season opener against James Madison.
The Wolfpack lost eight defensive starters from last year's nine-win team, including No. 5 overall NFL pick Bradley Chubb among four drafted linemen. Coach Dave Doeren's staff has spent years building up the roster. Now it's up to the next wave of players inheriting full-time starting roles.
NFL 2018: Turn-back-the-clock time in AFC West
DENVER (AP) — It's like old times in the AFC West.
Jon Gruden glowering on the sideline. Philip Rivers surrounded by co-stars. An air-it-out quarterback in Kansas City. Von Miller sauntering around Denver again thanks to the arrival of a new pass rush partner in Bradley Chubb.
Improved pass rush will lead way for Broncos in 2018
DENVER (AP) — Von Miller went bonkers when Bradley Chubb fell to the Denver Broncos with the fifth pick in the NFL draft.
Chubb not only takes pressure off Miller, who hasn't been back to the playoffs since winning Super Bowl 50 MVP honors. He bolsters what was already a dynamic Denver pass rush that gives opponents fits and covers a whole lot of warts in the Broncos' beleaguered secondary.
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DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
New faces: QB Case Keenum, RB Royce Freeman, RB Phillip Lindsay, WR Courtland Sutton, WR DaeSean Hamilton, RT Jared Veldheer, CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, DE Clinton McDonald, ILB Jose Jewell, OLB Bradley Chubb, ILB Alexander Johnson, CB Tramaine Brock, S Su'a Cravens, CB Isaac Yiadom, P Marquette King.
Key losses: CB Aqib Talib, QB Trevor Siemian, QB Brock Osweiler, RB C.J. Anderson, TE Virgil Green, WR Cody Latimer, OL Menelik Watson, S Jamal Carter, P Riley Dixon.
Undrafted underdog Lindsay making his mark with Broncos
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway's much-celebrated 2018 draft class is turning heads at the Broncos' training camp, particularly ex-SMU receiver Courtland Sutton, a second-round pick whose spectacular catches have become a daily occurrence.
Big applauses also greet draft picks Bradley Chubb, Josey Jewell and DaeSean Hamilton along with another rookie who went undrafted.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are singing the praises of rookie outside linebacker Bradley Chubb even if carrying a tune isn't necessarily his specialty.
The No. 5 overall pick recently paired with fellow rookie Courtland Sutton to perform a duet in front of the team.
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DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Englewood, Colorado
LAST YEAR: Coach Vance Joseph's first year was debacle in every phase. Denver's anemic offense cycled through three QBs during soured season that included eight-game skid, franchise's longest in half-century, and featured eight double-digit losses. Exhausted defense surrendered too many points and special teams were anything but. GM John Elway thought about firing Joseph but decided to give him second chance and then bolstered roster.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Clemson looks ready for another year as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite in a division that has long been the league's center of power.
It's the teams behind the three-time defending ACC champion Tigers in the Atlantic Division that are sporting a different look.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — It was just like old times Wednesday at the Denver Broncos' training complex. DeMarcus Ware took Bradley Chubb aside and gave him some pointers in between drives at the team's mandatory minicamp.
"I've been doing it my whole career," said Ware, who returned to Denver as a pass-rushing consultant a year after retiring from the Broncos.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Shane Ray's ailing left wrist needs another surgery. This one could sideline the pass rusher for several months.
The Denver Broncos outside linebacker is expected to undergo a fourth operation on the wrist, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn't announced the news.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller doesn't get too excited about how guys look this time of year.
"You really can't put too much into OTAs," Miller said Tuesday when asked how much improvement he saw in Denver's revamped offense. "Last year, I thought during OTAs we were going to win the Super Bowl."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos declined to exercise outside linebacker Shane Ray's $9.23 million fifth-year option for 2019 on Thursday, a week after selecting North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb in the NFL draft.
NC State set a new program record with the exit of head coach Dave Doeren's first recruiting class this weekend. The seven players taken in the 2018 NFL Draft are the most ever (since the Common Draft Era began in 1967). The previous record was six selections (in 2012 and 2006).
"It feels incredible to see dreams become reality," Doeren said. "I know how hard these young men worked. I love them for never giving in and establishing a work ethic and culture here that will carry our program."
Broncos enter last day of NFL draft with 4 picks
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway has added size, strength and seasoning to the Denver Broncos' roster after spending much of the last two drafts taking chances on players who had lighter resumes and more question marks.
All four of his picks so far — North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb, SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton (who redshirted as a freshman), Oregon running back Royce Freeman and Boston College cornerback Isaac Yiadom — spent four years in college.
Broncos need to bolster anemic offense on Day 2
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Now that Von Miller has his new pass rushing partner, John Elway knows he needs to give Case Keenum and Demaryius Thomas some help on offense.
The Denver Broncos' general manager grabbed the top-ranked defensive player in the NFL draft Thursday night when North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb fell to Denver at No. 5.
Broncos grab Bradley Chubb to team with Von Miller
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Bradley Chubb and Von Miller are big fans of one another. Now they're teammates, too.
Seven months after calling his team a bunch of softies, Broncos general manager John Elway picked one of the toughest players in the draft in Chubb at No. 5.
The prolific edge rusher from North Carolina State is a high-motor pass rusher with a rare mix of speed, strength and savvy that helps him beat double teams to get to the quarterback or stuff the running back.
Sun Bowl: N.C. State (8-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5), today, 1 p.m. MST (CBS)
Line: N.C. State by 7.
Series Record: Tied 1-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
N.C. State seeks its ninth win, the second-best total in school history, in its fourth straight bowl trip under Dave Doeren, who has six postseason trips in seven seasons as a head coach.
NC State seeks 9th win in Sun Bowl against Arizona State
Sun Bowl: N.C. State (8-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5), Friday, 3 p.m. Eastern (CBS)
NC State standout Chubb likely next to sit for Sun Bowl
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — North Carolina State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb hasn't talked with reporters and done only side work during practice for the Sun Bowl.
Clemson, Lamar Jackson dominate AP All-ACC team
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams released Tuesday.
The league-champion Tigers placed six players on the first team, led by offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt — one of eight unanimous selections from the panel of 14 sports writers who cover the conference.
NC State DE Chubb wins Nagurski Award as top defender
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Playing four seasons at North Carolina State has paid off for Bradley Chubb.
The Wolfpack's senior defensive end won the Bronko Nagurski Award on Monday night given to the nation's top defensive player. The award was presented at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Sun Bowl Matchup
North Carolina State (8-4, ACC) vs. Arizona State (7-5, Pac-12) Dec. 29, 3 p.m. EST (CBS)
LOCATION: El Paso, Texas
North Carolina State: DE Bradley Chubb, ACC defensive player of the year and one of five finalists for the 2017 Hendricks Award, is second in the FBS with 25 tackles for loss, fourth among defensive linemen with 73 tackles, and eighth in sacks (10).
Arizona State: QB Manny Wilkins has thrown for 2,918 yards and 17 TDs with five interceptions.
Slippery Rock’s Marcus Martin becomes first Hendricks Award finalist from Division II
Slippery Rock senior Marcus Martin made more history Friday when he became the first NCAA Division II player to be named a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given annually to the best defensive end in college football.
The other four finalists are N.C. State's Bradley Chubb, Ohio State's Nick Bosa, Clemson's Clelin Ferrell and Northern Illinois' Sutton Smith. The winner will be announced Wednesday.
Louisville’s Jackson, NC State’s Chubb win ACC awards
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is once again the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.
In voting results also released Wednesday , North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb is the league's defensive player of the year.
Boston College running back AJ Dillon was a unanimous selection to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team, which was released on Monday following a vote of 14 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Dillon, a freshman who played at Lawrence Academy, has rushed for 1,432 yards and 13 touchdowns for BC (7-5).
Lamar Jackson, 5 Clemson players lead all-ACC team
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and five players from top-ranked Clemson headline the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.
The ACC released its all-conference teams Monday following a vote of 14 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Jackson, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, was selected as the all-conference quarterback for the second straight year after averaging an FBS-best 411 total yards.
Fitzpatrick, Chubb, Jewell among 5 Nagurski Trophy finalists
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb are the finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation's top defensive player.
The finalists were named Wednesday. The winner will be announced Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Touchdown Club awards banquet.
CLEMSON — Dabo Swinney showed some fight Tuesday between knocking N.C. State out of first place and preparing for a Florida State game that can vault Clemson into another ACC Championship Game.
Fight that will endear the Clemson head coach to his players and Tiger fans, and probably some fellow ACC coaches.
Pigskin Picks: Clemson, Gamecocks must limit trouble from the Chubb cousins
Georgia running back Nick Chubb and N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb were not close as kids despite growing up just 46 miles apart in north Georgia. But the cousins have a lot in common:
• Descendants of free blacks who founded Chubbtown during the Civil War.
• Star football players for teams aiming for major conference championships (at least).
NC State-Notre Dame matchup highlights ACC’s 9th week
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 9:
1. Clemson (3-0, 5-0)
Last week: No. 1; beat Virginia Tech 31-17.
Saturday: Wake Forest, noon (ESPN2).
The Tigers have the best overall resume in college football, and when all is said and done, they might have the best defense, too.
2.. Miami (1-0, 3-0)
Last week: No. 4; beat Duke 31-6.
Saturday: At Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN).
The Hurricanes’ defense looked like the Miami of old last week, fast in physical in dominating Duke. That unit will decide where this season is heading.
Who: No. 17 Louisville (4-1, 1-1 ACC) at NC State (4-1, 2-0 ACC)
Wake Forest defensive end Duke Ejiofor was named the Chuck Bednarik Player of the Week for his eight-tackle performance against Florida State on Saturday.
Ejiofor, a redshirt senior from Houston, had 3½ tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble against the Seminoles in a 26-19 loss. His eight tackles were a career best.
NC State’s Bradley Chubb apologizes for spitting on FSU logo
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — North Carolina State's Bradley Chubb said that he didn't intentionally spit on Florida State's logo after the Wolfpack's 27-21 victory over the 12th-ranked Seminoles on Saturday.
The senior defensive end then took to social media to apologize.
"I let my emotions get the best of me. I have the utmost respect for coach (Jimbo) Fisher and Florida State," said Chubb in a statement on North Carolina State's football Twitter account.
Stevens’ return boosts NC State secondary for FSU matchup
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State's secondary is getting healthier for Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Coach Dave Doeren said Thursday he expects starting cornerback Mike Stevens to make his season debut in Saturday's league opener against No. 12 Florida State after missing the first three games with a knee injury. It's a welcome boost to a secondary that was a question mark compared to the Wolfpack's veteran front filled with seniors and returning starters.