Zach Kerr’s Versatility is an Asset for Denver Broncos
When Zach Kerr’s contract was up after three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, the fourth year defensive lineman had more than a few options where to go.
Teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants expressed interest in Kerr, but when he heard from Denver, he was all in. “Actually, I was in Detroit when I got the call, and I really liked Detroit,” he said. “But as soon as I got the offer from Denver, I was, ‘Let’s go.’ It’s a great defense, it’s been a great defense and you’d be a fool to not want to play here.”
It’s not a surprise Kerr would find Denver to be an attractive option. The Broncos won the Super Bowl in 2015 with now-retired Peyton Manning. Following Manning’s departure, the Broncos went on to have a 9-7 record. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to move them any higher than third place behind the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders who both boasted 12-4 records. With a little help on defense, and the continued development of quarterback Trevor Siemian, the Broncos have an opportunity to once again pursue a dominant playoff run.
“Wherever they want me to be: nose, three-, four-technique, five-technique, I’m here to help,” Kerr said. “I did that at my previous team, so whatever they want me to do here, I’m open to. I’m not the kind of guy (who says) ‘I want to play nose,’ or ‘I don’t want to play five.’ Wherever they want me to play, whatever they want me to do on the field, I’ll be there.”
Kerr has a true understanding of how flexibility at his position can effect true change on the defense overall.
“A lot of guys think (nose) is just being a big guy in the middle, just taking up space,” Kerr elaborated. “But you can ask any of the guys that are truly ends — (Adam) Gotsis, (Kyle) Peko — everything at nose happens so much quicker, but you have to be patient. Your blocks happen quicker, but you have to be patient but if you jump gaps too quick, that could be a 60-yard touchdown because the defense is built around that position.”