Talib talks Hall call.

Cor­ner­back Aqib Talib knows he is putting up num­bers com­pa­ra­ble to Hall of Famers.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

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.

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