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Derek Wolfe expects to be ready for Week 1

By Mark Chichester
Aug 31, 2017
Denver Broncos

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ENGLEWOOD, CO - JULY 29: Denver Broncos linebacker Kasim Edebali #91, left, and Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe #95 on the third day of training camp at Dove Valley July 29, 2017. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
  • Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post has reported that Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe is “75-80%” recovered from the ankle sprain that has kept him out of training camp, and will be ready for the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Wolfe enjoyed a breakout year in 2015, where he ended the season ranked ninth of 113 interior linemen with a PFF overall grade of 88.8. He excelled against the run all season, and ended the campaign ranked first among all 3-4 defensive ends with a run stop percentage of 13.0 percent. Wolfe carried his dominance against the run over to 2016, and ended the 2016 season ranked second among 3-4 defensive ends with a run stop percentage of 9.6 percent.
  • Wolfe has not just been effective against the run, he’s also been extremely productive as a pass-rusher. Over the last two seasons, Wolfe has accumulated 14 sacks, the third highest mark among the league’s 3-4 defensive ends. His 78 total pressures (combined sacks, hits and hurries) ranks ninth.

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