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Derek Wolfe

28-Year-Old Defensive End – Denver Broncos

2017 Defensive Stats

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2018 Defensive Projections

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2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

Wolfe's 2017 season ended with a stint on injured reserve after aggravating a neck injury that has bothered him for several seasons. He finally went under the knife this offseason and is looking to re...

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2018 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  10

HT: 6' 5"   WT: 285   DOB: 2/24/1990  College: Cincinnati  DRAFTED: 2nd Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Derek Wolfe Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $36.7 million contract with the Broncos in January of 2016.

April 3, 2018  –  Derek Wolfe News

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Wolfe (neck) has recovered from offseason neck surgery and is ready to return to action, Troy Renck of TheDenverChannel.com reports. "I feel great, dude," Wolfe said. "I am lifting weights, heavy. I am doing 500-pound dead lifts, doing big squats. I had 225 pounds on my back doing straight leg squats the other day. I am good. I am using 150 pound dumbbells for bench press, I am good. Whatever they want [in offseason workouts]. They want me to put a helmet on? I will go. I am ready."

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Derek Wolfe NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2009 19 CFB 2 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2010 20 CFB 2 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2011 21 CFB 13 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2012 22 DEN 16 40 26 14 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 23 DEN 11 16 11 5 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2014 24 DEN 16 35 24 11 1.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 25 DEN 12 49 35 14 5.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 26 DEN 14 51 38 13 5.5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 27 DEN 11 31 18 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Derek Wolfe – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Defensive End
  1. Derek Wolfe
  2. Zach Kerr
  3. Paul Boyette
Denver Broncos

Snap Count Stats

459

Defensive Snaps in 2017

Derek Wolfe was on the field for 459 of his team's snaps on defense in 2017.

37

Special Teams Snaps in 2017

Derek Wolfe was on the field for 37 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2017.

Year Def ST
2015 648 57
2016 666 42
2017 459 37
Derek Wolfe 2017 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 LAC 43 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Dal 52 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 @Buf 51 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Oak 45 1 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 BYE Bye Week
6 NYG 43 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 @LAC 46 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 @KC 43 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 @Phi 54 8 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 NE 40 6 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Cin 40 0 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 @Oak 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 @Mia
14 NYJ
15 @Ind
16 @Was
17 KC
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21 PRO BOWL Pro Bowl
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A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Derek Wolfe
As Compared To Other Defensive Ends
Height:   6' 5"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   285 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.93 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.44 sec
AVERAGE
Cone Drill:   7.26 sec
WEAK
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
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Vertical Jump:   34 in
AVERAGE
Broad Jump:   108 in
POOR
Bench Press:   33 reps
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Derek Wolfe: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Broncos general manager John Elway said Wednesday that he expects Wolfe to remain with the team for the start of the 2018 campaign and make a full recovery from offseason neck surgery, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. "Sounds like [Wolfe] is doing really well. He's happy with the surgery so far," Elway said. "[Wolfe] is another one we plan on going forward with."

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Wolfe underwent offseason surgery to relieve nerve pain on the right side of his neck and indicated that he's feeling better than he has at any point in five years, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. "I can honestly sit here and tell you that as far as my neck goes -- I have to build my strength back up...but [the neck is] fixed," Wolfe said. "I feel so much better."

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Defensive coordinator Joe Woods said Wolfe (neck) is recovering well and believes that doctors have "finally found the problem" in regard to the exact nature of the defensive end's injury, Carl Dumler of Scout Media reports.

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Wolfe has spinal stenosis in the C7 segment of his neck, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

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Wolfe (neck), who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, won't require surgery but will require a couple months to recover from the injury, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

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2017

Seldom much of a pass-rusher out on the edge in former defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio's schemes early on in his career, Wolfe enjoyed a renaissance under position coach Bill Kollar after shading inside in Wade Phillips' odd-front. The result was 5.5 sacks in 2015, 0.5 off his career high, and another 2.5 sacks in the playoffs. He followed up with another 5.5 sacks in 2016 despite being the Broncos' primary threat on the defensive interior, with former running mate Malik Jackson having left for Jacksonville. Wolfe should be more difficult for offensive lines to key on in 2017 under new defensive coordinator Joe Woods, who will reportedly keep much of Phillips' defense intact. The Broncos have invested their last two second-round picks on interior linemen to play opposite Wolfe. Adam Gotsis, the team's 2016 selection, has drawn the nickname "Baby Wolfe" given his similarly nasty playing style and should be a force on early downs after shaking off the rust of a torn ACL much of last year. DeMarcus Walker, the team's 2017 pick, figures to contribute early as a pass-rusher after picking up 16 sacks at Florida State last year. New noseguard Domata Peko is not known for his pass rushing, but sacked the quarterback five times as recently as 2015 and, combined with new blood on the line, should give Wolfe more one-on-one opportunities.

2016

Wolfe was asked to occupy blockers as a strongside end in Jack Del Rio's 4-3 during his first three seasons in the league, but flourished as a one-gap end under Wade Phillips in 2015, recording 5.5 sacks - tied for third on the team - during the regular season and another 2.5 in the playoffs. Locked up in a four-year contract, Wolfe will be the Broncos' most lethal interior rusher with Malik Jackson now in Jacksonville.

2014

Wolfe suffered from seizure-like symptoms in January last season, forcing the team to place him on injured reserve during the playoffs. He's back to full health again and he'll likely spend training camp trying to fight off Malik Jackson for a starting job on the defensive line opposite DeMarcus Ware. Wolfe had four sacks in 11 games last year, but three of them came in his final four games. If Ware and Von Miller become the focus for opposing offenses, Wolfe could find some extra space to get to the quarterback this season.

2013

After recording six sacks in his rookie season, Wolfe should start at defensive opposite Robert Ayers in 2013.

2012

Wolfe is a major boom-or-bust player, but his upside is undeniably high on paper for 2012. He will likely start from Week 1 after the Broncos spent the 36th overall selection on him in the 2012 draft, and he just doesn't have much competition for snaps in Denver. Wolfe is a big, strong tackle who plays with good leverage and good side-to-side range. He totaled 70 tackles (37 solo), 9.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in just 13 games for Cincinnati last year.