What a jump, or better yet quantum leap, by Broncos outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett. Last season, the former Colorado State star was a wide-eyed, happy-go-lucky practice squad player coming to work everyday eager to keep his dream alive of playing in the NFL.

On Sunday, Barrett will make his first NFL start in place of the injured DeMarcus Ware.

“It’s part of the plan, but I didn’t envision it like that. I thought I’d be able to be a real good special teams player this year and be able to contribute that way,” Barrett said. “Defensively, I didn’t think I would be able to get as many snaps as I’ve been getting. I’ve been getting them, trying to run with them and take advantage of my opportunity.”…

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