Von Miller receives ‘Chinese Dragon’ nickname at Broncos camp – Denver Broncos News

Von Miller receives ‘Chinese Dragon’ nickname at Broncos camp – Denver Broncos News


It’s an extremely bright Friday afternoon in Englewood, Colorado. Almost all of the 4,567 fans seated on a grassy berm — and the majority of the media — are fixated on Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. The two quarterbacks, who are battling for the starting job, are alternating reps against the best secondary in football in a seven-on-seven drill directly in front of the crowd. Every throw and every decision is being evaluated to the 10,000th degree as part of the most polarizing sports story in Denver.

But on the far end of the field, tucked in the shaded end zone near the windows of the Broncos facility, the offensive and defensive linemen are watching the best pass rusher in the NFL performing at perhaps the height of his game.


The pads have yet to be strapped on — it’s just the second day of camp — but the one-on-one battles are physical and competitive. Unless it’s Von Miller‘s turn. In which case they are quick and often embarrassing. Let me introduce to you the Chinese Dragon.

“When you watch what they do when it’s the Chinese New Year and you see those dragons go down the street, they’re always turning and twisting and moving and flipping,” said first-round pick and potential starting left tackle Garett Bolles, who also created the nickname. “That’s what he does. He’s just so dominant.”

The group watched Miller explode so quickly off the line that Ty Sambrailo, who is competing with Bolles for the starting left tackle spot, wasn’t able to make contact with Miller. Not even the brush of a hand that would have counted if it were a game of tag. Miller not only did this once, he did…

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