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Del Rio part of the reason Knighton came to Denver

The one thing that can be said for Denver’s defensive line is that it will easily be bigger in the middle than it was in 2012.

Part of the reason is Terrance Knighton, who joined the Broncos as a free agent after spending the first four years of his career playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s no surprise that when it was time to look for a new team, he sought out his old head coach, Jack Del Rio, who is the current defensive coordinator for the Broncos.

Knighton’s familiarity with Del Rio was a key component in his signing with the Broncos, a team notorious for failing to create pressure from the middle of the defensive line.

During his time in Jacksonville, Knighton racked up 170 tackles while sacking opposing quarterbacks seven-and-a-half times.

Although not too far into his career, Knighton has developed into a leader on the field, but leads differently than members of the Broncos that have been with the team. He and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson are the most experienced players on the defensive line, but have two vastly different leadership styles.

“I’m a bit quieter on the field (than Vickerson),” Knighton said. “He’s more of a rah-rah guy.”

Knighton figures to be the in the mix for a starting job with Vickerson as well as rookie Sylvester Williams who the Broncos took in the first round of the 2013 draft.


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