Adam Got­sis, Bron­cos DE

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The skinny: Dur­ing the off­sea­son, Got­sis packed on pounds and pre­pared for an ex­panded role on the Bron­cos’ de­fen­sive line. It was his first sum­mer as an NFL player in which he was fully healthy since he re­cov­ered from a knee in­jury suf­fered in his se­nior year of col­lege. Against the Los Angeles Charg­ers on Mon­day, as in­juries mounted on the de­fen­sive line, Got­sis played 31 snaps (53 per­cent of the de­fense) and fin­ished fourth on the team with five to­tal tack­les. Ac­cord­ing to Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus, he saw 11 run plays and had four run stops for a run-stop per­cent­age of .364, which was the best among in­te­rior de­fend­ers in the NFL.

The back­ground: Got­sis be­came the high­est-drafted Aus­tralian-born player in NFL his­tory when the Bron­cos se­lected him in the sec­ond round in 2016. A for­mer Aussie Rules Foot­ball player, Got­sis moved to the United States from Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, when he was a teen and was re­cruited by Ge­or­gia Tech. Got­sis played 48 games (37 starts) and to­taled 110 tack­les, 12½ sacks, two in­ter­cep­tions, two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies and four blocked kicks in his col­lege ca­reer.

His take: “We’ve got a great room this year, and I think ev­ery­one re­ally wants to play for the guy next to him,” Got­sis said of the Bron­cos’ de­fen­sive line. “It’s an un­selfish room. It doesn’t mat­ter who’s in there to make the play. As long as we can stop them, that’s the de­fen­sive goal, and I think, again, we’re tak­ing pride in stop­ping the run.”

Their take: “You can see his quick­ness. You can see his length inside,” Bron­cos coach Vance Joseph said. “I think Got­sis is com­ing along. If he stays healthy, he’s what he should be for us. He can be a starter for us. He can rush the passer and play the run game.”

He­len H. Richard­son, The Den­ver Post

Adam Got­sis (99) hits Charg­ers run­ning back Melvin Gor­don in the fourth quar­ter of Mon­day night’s game.

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