The Denver Broncos have announced that electric pass-rusher Shane Ray will be starting at the linebacker position when the team plays the Kansas City Chiefs.
This season started off rough for the linebacker, as Shane Ray suffered a wrist injury during the first week of training camp that required surgery and resulted in him landing on the team’s short-term Injured Reserve list.
But the good news is that he has been back practicing and Vance Joseph is happy to reinsert him back into the starting lineup.
“Shane looked great last week in practice,” Joseph said during a press conference. “He’s not in great football shape, but Shane is going to play Monday and he’s going to start. Shane provides opposite of Von [Miller] another great rusher. They can’t tee off on Von and they can’t chip both guys. They can chip both guys, but it forces them to run three-man routes. We like that. Having Shane back, obviously a great player and a guy that plays with great energy. That’s going to help our defense.”
Naturally, the young Broncos talent is excited to get back on the field.
“I just can’t wait,” Ray said. “To me, it’s not any pressure. It’s not anything I have to worry about. This is what I do. This is what I’m ready to do. It’s good that I can go back out there and do it now. I’m relaxed. I’m just ready to play. I’m really excited. It’s been a long time. I’m just happy to finally be out there with the defense, hearing play calls and doing what I do. It’s a great week for me to come back and help my team.”
This should help Denver immensely, as the defense will need to carry the offense to victories this season.
That is (cough and LOL) unless the franchise takes Deion Sanders' advice.