IN A RUSH TO SUC­CEED

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Nick Kos­mider, The Den­ver Post

Rookie DeMar­cus Walker dis­plays his ver­sa­til­ity while other pass-rush­ers are hurt.

Von Miller in­sists he has al­ways been a player who will take oth­ers aside and of­fer any pearls of wis­dom he has col­lected dur­ing his foot­ball ca­reer.

“Peo­ple just see it more now, I guess,” Miller said.

Miller’s help in the de­vel­op­ment of rookie DeMar­cus Walker could be espe­cially im­por­tant. The sec­ond-round pick from Florida State was moved from de­fen­sive end to out­side line­backer Sun­day as the Bron­cos at­tempt to bol­ster a thin group of pass rush­ers.

Miller has been im­pressed with Walker’s ver­sa­til­ity, which has al­lowed him to make a quick im­pres­sion in camp.

“I said, ‘DeMar­cus, you can play in­side, you can play de­fen­sive end and you can move out­side and play out­side line­backer.’ I’m not sure there’s a player in the Na­tional Foot­ball League who can do that,” said Miller, who then shifted into Star Wars lingo. “I talk to him about that ev­ery sin­gle day: ‘If you’re able to re­ally har­ness the Force, young Padawan, and re­ally take ad­van­tage of your op­por­tu­ni­ties … and be elite at all three po­si­tions, I think that’s some­thing to watch out for.’ ”

Stephen­son joins bat­tle at left tackle.

The Bron­cos moved Don­ald Stephen­son from right to left of­fen­sive tackle and moved Ty Sam­brailo from left to right tackle. Stephen­son and rookie Garett Bolles both played with the first team at left tackle. Sam­brailo played be­hind Mene­lik Wat­son at right tackle.

“It’s still those three guys bat­tling for the left tackle spot,” Bron­cos coach Vance Joseph said of Bolles, Sam­brailo and Stephen­son. “Stephen­son has done some good things in train­ing camp. We gave him a chance to go over to the left to jump into that com­pe­ti­tion to be the left tackle.”

Matt Par­adis par­tic­i­pated in more team pe­ri­ods as the first­team cen­ter. The Bron­cos have brought Par­adis along slowly in camp as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from off­sea­son surgery on both hips. Of­fen­sive guard Ron Leary missed his sec­ond straight prac­tice with a groin in­jury. Joseph said Leary should re­turn to prac­tice Thurs­day.

Weigh­ing in on QB bat­tle.

Bron­cos wide re­ceiver Em­manuel San­ders said the start­ing quar­ter­back bat­tle be­tween Trevor Siemian and Pax­ton Lynch is “even” through six prac­tices.

The way San­ders sees it, sep­a­ra­tion won’t come un­til the pre­sea­son be­gins.

“We’re go­ing to see when the lights turn on and when we go to San Fran­cisco (for joint prac­tices be­gin­ning Aug. 16) and when we play against other teams,” San­ders said. “What are you go­ing to do in the game? I think that will be the de­ter­min­ing fac­tor.”

Foot­note.

Run­ning back Bernard Pierce (ham­string) and cor­ner­back Mar­cus Rios (groin) missed Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice. … Run­ning back Ja­maal Charles par­tic­i­pated in 11-on-11 team drills for the first time.

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