The Denver Broncos have not been lacking in media coverage this year. Any time a team is a Super Bowl contender with a QB like Peyton Manning in a football crazed town, it tends to happen that way. To make magnify things, LB Von Miller was given a four-game suspension for violating NFL policy in July and was arrested last Sunday.
In the midst of this coverage chaos, second year defensive end Malik Jackson is flying under the radar despite having a great training camp. He is listed behind starting defensive end Derek Wolfe on the depth chart, but don't look too much into that. Jackson is very strong, yet rather quick for a 6-5, 293 pound man. The Broncos have been working Jackson as a DE, DT and even a 3-4 NT in both training camp situations and in preseason.
Even if Jackson isn't getting recognized by most yet, that's ok. He is catching the eye of people that matter most, his bosses.
After the 10-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio caught notice. "I thought he really stood out." Del Rio would go on to say "Malik [had] a good camp and quietly making a move himself."
The compliments didn't stop there. When Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway was asked who stuck out on 104.3's Drew and Scott, Elway had a handful of people on that list. However, none were as flattering as Elway was to Jackson. "He's had a tremendous camp, flashed in games and worked hard so, to me, he's the biggest guy to make that jump."
Malik Jackson played just 123 snaps in his rookie season. With the way he is playing and Von Miller's potential suspension, Jackson should see far more meaningful minutes and plenty of playing time Saturday night against the Seattle Seahawks.