Broncos LB Von Miller not concerned about DeMarcus Ware’s retirement

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Ethan Sears
Written by Ethan Sears

After DeMarcus Ware’s retirement, the Denver Broncos are going to easily transition to Shane Ray at defensive end. At least according to linebacker Von Miller.

“And Shane’s been ready. He’s been ready for a long time,” Miller said this week, via ESPN.

Based on what we’ve seen, the scary part is that Miller is probably right. Ray had a 77.1 Pro Football Focus grade last season to go with eight sacks and 21 hits. And that was in 664 snaps with only eight starts.

After the departure of Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator, it’s more than fair to wonder if there will be a defensive drop-off in Denver next season. However, if there is a drop-off, it’s tough to imagine that it will be because of Shane Ray.

Ray told The Denver Post last August “I don’t think there will be any drop-off between Von [Miller’s] and DeMarcus [Ware’s] production when I’m in.” Thus far, he’s proven himself correct.

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Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.