Talib talks Hall call.
Cornerback Aqib Talib knows he is putting up numbers comparable to Hall of Famers.
Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib enters his 10th NFL season in rare company. He leads all cornerbacks in interceptions (33) since 2008, when he entered the league, and is tied for fourth alltime in career pick-sixes (nine). Standing alongside him at No. 4 on the list are Hall of Famers Deion Sanders, Ken Houston and Aeneas Williams.
Talib’s name has been floated in Hall of Fame discussions. And he has heard the talk.
“Definitely,” he said. “You don’t think Hall of Fame until you get to year nine or year 10 and you compare your numbers to other guys and you see you’re on the right path. All those guys played 14, 15 years plus. So I just feel like I’m on the right path. Now I have to just finish. I have to finish out my career strong and maybe I’ll have a chance.
“If I’m going to do what Deion and Charles (Woodson) and the rest of those guys did, I got a long way to go.”
New face on DL. The Broncos on Saturday placed defensive end Billy Winn on season-ending injured reserve and signed rookie defensive lineman Nelson Adams.
Adams, a 6-foot-3, 287-pound undrafted rookie out of Mississippi State, compiled 80 total tackles, four sacks, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery in his four years with the Bulldogs. He signed with the Steelers in May, but was cut last week.
Winn, who re-signed with the Broncos in May, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Thursday’s preseason opener at Chicago and was ruled out for the remainder of the season. On the team’s preliminary depth chart, he was listed as their No. 2 nose tackle behind Domata Peko.
Happy to be No. 3. Third-string quarterback Kyle Sloter shined in the preseason opener, but coach Vance Joseph quickly shot down any notion of the undrafted free agent getting a chance to vie for the starting job. The job, Joseph said Thursday evening, will be won by either Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch.
The comments, while direct, were not surprising to Sloter.
“Nah, it’s something I went into knowing when I came here that it was going to be a Paxton and Trevor show,” he said Saturday. “I’m fine with that. I don’t get paid to make those decisions. My job is just to go out there and do the best I can and put the team in a position to win.”
O-line shuffle. Veteran Allen Barbre received first-team reps in practice and could see time with the ones in next Saturday’s preseason game as he vies for the starting job at left guard.
“That guard position, it’s an open competition there between three or four guys,” Joseph said. “The best guy is going to play, so it’s fair that he’s getting some (first-team) reps.”
Max Garcia started the first preseason game at left guard and is No. 1 on the depth chart. Michael Schofield is No. 3, but came through with a key block that opened a lane for De’angelo Henderson in his game-winning touchdown run Thursday.
The offensive line remains in flux but the priority, Joseph said, is finding a cohesive group with players who can play multiple positions along the line.
Footnotes. Todd Davis returned to practice after missing time because of a shoulder sprain. … Safety T.J. Ward (hamstring) did not practice. … Fans set a training camp attendance record this year with an average of 4,910 in the 11 workouts open to the public, besting last year’s average of 4,364. All told, 54,013 fans showed for camp in 2017.