Former defensive coordinator Larry Coyer called John Engelberger a “wild horse rider.” And while the seven-year veteran still has only made one start in 30 Broncos games, he established himself as part of the front-four rotation in his second Denver season this past fall.
Engelberger made his first start since his 49ers days during the Broncos’ return to the Bay Area for a Week 10 win over the Oakland Raiders, filling in for Ebenezer Ekuban and logging six total tackles (three solo and three assists) while recovering an Andrew Walter fumble to help Denver clinch its fourth straight win at McAfee Coliseum.
Seven weeks after he went back to the region in which he once played, he faced his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, and logged a season-high nine total tackles, including four solo stops.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Was one of five members of the Broncos front seven to see defensive action in every game; linebacker D.J. Williams and linemen Demetrin Veal, Kenard Lang and Michael Myers were the others … Broke up four passes in 2006 — precisely as many as he swatted away in the 2000-05 seasons combined.
NEXT: Punter/kickoff specialist Paul Ernster.