With Von Miller sidelined by injury, the Denver Broncos have asked Malik Reed to step up at outside linebacker. Reed has taken advantage of his increased snaps, totaling five tackles and two sacks in last week’s 18-12 win over the New England Patriots.
Reed played 49 defensive snaps (86%), one more than fellow pass rusher Bradley Chubb in Week 6.
“He put together two good rushes there,” coach Vic Fangio said of Reed on Monday. “They were rushes where we had an extra guy or two in the rush which helped eliminate the quarterback’s ability to step up and wiggle through a space. He took full advantage and they were two great plays by Malik.”
Elsewhere on defense, Shelby Harris led the defensive line rotation (38 snaps), followed by Mike Purcell (36) and DeShawn Williams (36).
On offense, Phillip Lindsay led the running back rotation (40 snaps; 62%) with Royce Freeman rotating in (25 snaps; 39%). Denver’s backfield rotation will likely be closer to a 50-50 split between Lindsay and Melvin Gordon this week.
Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs will air on CBS (TV map).