ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos pass rush should be a weapon with plenty of versatility in 2018. Between Bradley Chubb and impressive undrafted free agent Jeff Holland, there will be lots of new faces, but one you might not expect is another new addition in hybrid linebacker-safety Su’a Cravens.
With Shane Ray out for the time being and the Broncos trying to use as many rushers at a time in exotic looks that can confuse their opponents, Cravens’ ability to rush the passer and impact the game as a blitzer might prove to be a real plus for the Orange and Blue this season.
“I’d say blitzing,” said Cravens when I asked him what his best skill is. “I don’t think people understand or don’t think that I can blitz. I got a lot of time in practice at USC, so I’m excited to show that.”
He spoke to BSN Denver about how he’s being used in a variety of ways on the last day of minicamps, prior to the team taking a break before training camp starts in roughly six weeks.
“They’ve been using me a little bit of everywhere, they’ve been blitzing me, they’ve been putting me in with the linebackers covering tight ends and running backs, and then back deep, playing the deep third. So whatever they need me to do I’m ready to do it.”
On a day in which the Broncos new No. 21 had himself a pick and a pass break up, we wanted to look at the impact Cravens can have as a blitzer.
The evaluation we’ve done on Cravens, both with the Washington Redskins and back in college at USC, jives with Su’a’s assessment that his ability as a blitzer is his best skill. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise, given his productivity wrecking backfields as a Trojan, wracking up 32 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks in his final two seasons in So Cal.
After evaluating the back end of the defense last week, here’s how the ultra-versatile Cravens can impact the game as a blitzer both against the run and pass.