The rise of Shaquil Barrett, 23, started in the offseason, when the second-year linebacker altered his diet and training regimen to prepare for the season.

Barrett, a father of three who signed with the Broncos as a college free agent in 2014, went from undrafted practice squad player to starting edge rusher for six games this season, filling in for the injured DeMarcus Ware. After leading the Broncos with four sacks and 16 total tackles in the preseason, Barrett has recorded 5½ sacks for a loss of 39 yards, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 37 total tackles in 13 regular-season games.

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