Vickerson Anchoring A Solid Denver ‘D’

November 30, 2012 3:16 PM

Vickerson Anchoring A Solid Denver ‘D’
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Take less money, gain more weight.

Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson heard each of those messages from the Denver Broncos in the offseason and complied with both.

The result has been one of the strongest seasons in his seven-year NFL career – and at a bargain to boot.

Playing at 330 pounds, about 40 pounds more than what he weighed in at last year, Vickerson has been occupying two offensive linemen at a time for much of the time, freeing up Denver’s linebackers to make plays.

“I want to eat up blockers, let the backers run free and fast,” Vickerson said. “If I can take two – center-guard, guard-tackle, center-tackle – however it works, then that’s good. Just take up two guys and let the linebackers eat.”

Speaking of eating – when Jack Del Rio took over as Denver’s defensive coordinator in the offseason, he quickly saw that Vickerson couldn’t be the big line clogger he was looking for if he played at 290 pounds, the way he did in 2011 "

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