Von Miller believes in the Broncos' rookies, starting with Garett Bolles and Isaiah McKenzie

Posted at 7:11 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 21:17:54-04

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- There remains a "Most Interesting Man in The World" thread to Von Miller's offseason. He has attended Drake concerts, sat courtside at the NBA Finals -- "I believe LeBron could definitely play in the NFL," he told me -- and added multiple tattoos. The ink includes the Super Bowl 50 trophy, his autograph and, while on a flight from Atlanta, the logo for Young Money on his leg.

It applies to Von specifically, but the Broncos' roster in general. As Denver looks to rebound, reboot, revive -- pick the word that works for you -- there's no way to understate the importance of the kids. The Broncos' draft fell in a way that produced players in specific areas of need. Miller noticed. 

"We have a lot of rookies that are going to help us win games. (Punt returner/receiver) Isaiah (McKenzie) is going to be able to make a lot of great plays. It's what we've been missing, a big-time return man," Miller said, while taking a break from working with the 550 kids at his football camp on Wednesday. "He's dynamic. The rookies really fit into the weaknesses we had before. I feel really good about it."

The Broncos selected left tackle Garett Bolles in the first round. He began taking first-team reps in mini-camp last week, leaving him in position to push for a starting job on opening night. 

"It's about being consistent. I have to continue to pick up my game and work on my pass set. The NFL is  rough sport and you have to be mentally prepared in every aspect of life. I am going in there open minded," Bolles told Denver7 on Thursday at Ed McCaffrey's Football Camp. "I will work hard and smack people around, that's what I do,"

In a story I have written and will appear this weekend on the weekend Denver7 sports, Miller has taken Bolles under his wing. He loves the inquisitive nature of the first-round pick, saying "his thirst for knowledge leads to greatness."

In the end, the kids should help. But even Miller knows the one question tattooed on every reporter's script entering training camp involves the quarterbacks. He isn't picking a favorite between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, yet remains confident in the choices.

"It's natural for you guys in the media. I feel comfortable with both of those guys. Trevor has been solid for us. Paxton has been solid for us," Miller said. "I am looking forward to the competition."




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