Denver Broncos: Bradley Chubb being slept on far too heavily

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Even after his impressive rookie season, Denver Broncos edge-rusher Bradley Chubb seems to be overlooked — which should not be the case.

Coming off a remarkable rookie season for the Denver Broncos, outside linebacker Bradley Chubb is a player that fans are overlooking as the 2019 season approaches. In just his first season in the league, Chubb’s 12 sacks came just 2.5 sacks short of a rookie record set by Jevon Kearse.

No one was overlooking the edge-setter as he entered the league last season. Chubb has the upper body strength that teams look for at the position and can get through or around blocks when needed. This was on display during Chubb’s time at NC State where he was the all-time sack leader.

Throughout 2019 training camp, Chubb seems to be more comfortable while also showing that he’s been focused on perfecting his skill-set as a pass-rusher, in addition to getting his body even more NFL-ready (not that this was ever a concern).

At the end of July, first-year Broncos head coach Vic Fangio expressed his pleasure with where the second-year defender is at, per ESPN:

"“I think Bradley is in a good spot, I think that he is really a guy that we can use and have success in this defense.”"

Von Miller was impressed to see the way Chubb composes himself on the gridiron for his age during the latter’s rookie season. In the same ESPN piece, Miller noted that Chubb is not afraid to put himself out there, able to take on the leadership role. He not only ensures that he will have individual success but that the defense as a whole will be better because of his presence.

Chubb deserves more attention coming into the 2019 regular season. The former Wolfpack standout is a young player that has quickly displayed his maturity and skill at the NFL level. After an offseason of work, we should see him at his peak performance physically.

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As impossible as Chubb’s rookie season was to ignore, his sophomore campaign in the NFL could be even better. Fangio and Miller both have noted the work that Chubb has put in and fans should start taking notice as well. This young player could be on his way to establishing himself as an elite defensive force.