Barrett recorded two tackles (both solo) and a sack across four defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Seahawks. Barrett logged 23 special-teams snaps as opposed to his four on defense, but he made his reps on the defensive line count. Playing behind rookie Bradley Chubb, Barrett could continue to see increased defensive reps if he can produce at this level of efficiency.
Barrett (hamstring) played 26 defensive snaps during Friday's 29-17 preseason win over the Redskins. The 25-year-old made 37 tackles and four sacks last season. However, Barrett was likely bumped out of his starting strongside linebacker role when the Broncos selected Bradley Chubb in the first round (No. 5 overall) of April's draft. It's worth keeping an eye on which of the two, if not both, play in Thursday's preseason finale.
Barrett missed Wednesday's practice due to a hamstring issue, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. The extent of Barrett's hamstring injury hasn't been revealed, but given the nature of these types of issues, it wouldn't be surprising if the Broncos take a cautious route toward easing him back into the swing of things. Barrett has impressed those close to the organization, especially his teammate Von Miller who thinks Barrett could someday eclipse 10 sacks in a season. With a shared belief in his upside, the Broncos may opt to allocate as much rest as possible for Barrett's recovery process.
Teammate Von Miller believes that a 10-sack campaign could be in Barrett's future, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Barrett has been a solid undrafted find for the Broncos since bursting onto the scene in 2015, contributing 5.5 sacks during the Broncos' Super Bowl season. He has recorded just 5.5 sacks in the two seasons since, however, and has been more adept at setting the edge against the run than getting to the passer. Contract seasons, like the one Barrett is entering, can often provide strong motivation for players. If he's to come anywhere near Miller's prediction, though, he'll likely first have to beat out rookie first-round pick Bradley Chubb for the strongside spot opposite Miller -- a battle worth monitoring in camp.
Barrett officially signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Barrett is now under contract for one more season at a $2.9 million price tag. Though he remains behind Von Miller and Shane Ray on the depth chart, Barrett is a valuable piece of the Broncos' pass rush who collected 123 tackles with 11 sacks over the past three seasons -- while never missing a single game. However, Barrett won't be worthy of IDP consideration until he earns a starter's share of snaps.
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