ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In an unusual gambit to prepare their offensive line for the Indianapolis Colts' blazing edge rushers, the Denver Broncos put cornerback Cassius Vaughn and safety David Bruton at the defensive end positions in Wednesday's practice and basically turned them loose.
The idea, coach Josh McDaniels said, is to try to simulate, as much as possible, the speed and tenacity of the Colts' pass rushing ends, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Each of them has three sacks in the first two games, tied for second in the AFC and third in the NFL.
McDaniels said no one can simulate the rushes of Freeney and Mathis precisely but it was important to try to convey their sheer speed and relentlessness. He said he chose Vaughn and Bruton because they're the Broncos' fastest players.
Vaughn said with a laugh that he's a little rusty with his pass rushing techniques. The last time he played defensive end was in a childhood PeeWee League.
"I'm just going to work the edges, try to give the offense a good look," Vaughn said.