Updated: August 17, 2009 at 12:00 am
ENGLEWOOD • Elvis Dumervil had little choice but to give outside linebacker a shot this season. And, funny enough, Dumervil looks pretty comfortable at his new spot.
Dumervil switched from defensive end to linebacker when the Denver Broncos switched from a 4-3 alignment with four defensive linemen and three linebackers to a 3-4. So far, Dumervil has kept first-round pick Robert Ayers behind him on the second team at right outside linebacker.
Dumervil has looked good in camp and had a sack against San Francisco in Denver’s preseason opener Friday. He says repeatedly when asked that he has a lot to learn and a long way to go, but he seems like a good fit.
“We’ll see what happens, it might be my niche, I don’t know,” Dumervil said.
The Broncos promised the outside linebackers would play to their strengths and Dumervil can rush the quarterback.
He had 26 sacks in three seasons at defensive end and can fill that role from outside linebacker.
“I think his skill set has certainly showed up,” coach Josh McDaniels said. “He certainly did some good things the other night in the game.”
Since right and left outside linebacker are interchangeable in the defense, perhaps Ayers and Dumervil could end up starting together. For now, Ayers’ presence has pushed Dumervil.
“You got a talented young guy in front of you, you’ve got to work harder,” Dumervil said.