Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard didn’t even have a full-time starting job a few weeks ago.
But this week, Woodyard is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after wrapping up 10 tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble against the Saints on Sunday night. Woodyard was a monster, making game-changing plays all night long and helping the Broncos cruise their way to a 34-14 blowout of New Orleans.
Last offseason, Woodyard signed a two-year, $3.5 million deal to stay in orange and blue, and with Joe Mays struggling and now out for the season with a broken leg and D.J. Williams suspended through Week 11, Woodyard’s role has increased. And early signs are Woodyard is not only stepping up to the challenge, but thriving in the role as the Broncos’ starting weak side linebacker.
Overall, the Broncos now account for a quarter of the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week awards – two out of eight. Tracy Porter also won the award after the Broncos’ week one win over the Steelers.
Woodyard has 61 overall tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, three sacks and now one Defensive Player of the Week award so far this season.