Derek Wolfe
Derek Wolfe
29-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Denver Broncos
IR
Injury Elbow
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 1.5 sacks Wolfe tallied in 2018 tied a career low for a season, but he found other ways to contribute with a career-high six passes defended and his first career interception. Wolfe, along with linemate Adam Gotsis, is working for a new contract this season. Wolfe, one of the leaders of the team, is over two years older, but may be the safer bet despite likely competition for pass rushes from up-and-comers Dre'Mont Jones and DeMarcus Walker. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $36.7 million contract with the Broncos in January of 2016. Broncos exercised $8.55 million team option for 2019 in February of 2019.
Placed on IR
DEDenver Broncos
Elbow
December 2, 2019
The Broncos placed Wolfe (elbow) on injured reserve Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Wolfe suffered a dislocated elbow during Sunday's win over the Chargers, the severity of which will cause him to miss the remainder of the season on injured reserve. In his stead, count on Dre'Mont Jones and Adam Gotsis to play expanded roles on defense.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Derek Wolfe's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
285 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.93 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.44 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.26 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
108 in
 
Bench Press
33 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Wolfe's 2017 season ended with a stint on injured reserve after aggravating a neck injury that has bothered him for several seasons. He finally went under the knife this offseason and is looking to rebound in 2018. The team showed some faith in his recovery by not selecting a defensive lineman in the draft and limiting free-agency expenditures to Clinton McDonald, a potential pass-rush specialist inside. Wolfe makes his money stuffing the run but has notched at least four sacks in four of his six seasons in the league. Look for an improved edge rush with first-rounder Bradley Chubb and move inside by 2016 second-rounder DeMarcus Walker to help free up Wolfe for improved pass-rushing penetration in 2018.
Seldom much of a pass-rusher out on the edge in former defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio's schemes early on in his career, Wolfe enjoyed a renaissance under position coach Bill Kollar after shading inside in Wade Phillips' odd-front. The result was 5.5 sacks in 2015, 0.5 off his career high, and another 2.5 sacks in the playoffs. He followed up with another 5.5 sacks in 2016 despite being the Broncos' primary threat on the defensive interior, with former running mate Malik Jackson having left for Jacksonville. Wolfe should be more difficult for offensive lines to key on in 2017 under new defensive coordinator Joe Woods, who will reportedly keep much of Phillips' defense intact. The Broncos have invested their last two second-round picks on interior linemen to play opposite Wolfe. Adam Gotsis, the team's 2016 selection, has drawn the nickname "Baby Wolfe" given his similarly nasty playing style and should be a force on early downs after shaking off the rust of a torn ACL much of last year. DeMarcus Walker, the team's 2017 pick, figures to contribute early as a pass-rusher after picking up 16 sacks at Florida State last year. New noseguard Domata Peko is not known for his pass rushing, but sacked the quarterback five times as recently as 2015 and, combined with new blood on the line, should give Wolfe more one-on-one opportunities.
Wolfe was asked to occupy blockers as a strongside end in Jack Del Rio's 4-3 during his first three seasons in the league, but flourished as a one-gap end under Wade Phillips in 2015, recording 5.5 sacks - tied for third on the team - during the regular season and another 2.5 in the playoffs. Locked up in a four-year contract, Wolfe will be the Broncos' most lethal interior rusher with Malik Jackson now in Jacksonville.
Wolfe suffered from seizure-like symptoms in January last season, forcing the team to place him on injured reserve during the playoffs. He's back to full health again and he'll likely spend training camp trying to fight off Malik Jackson for a starting job on the defensive line opposite DeMarcus Ware. Wolfe had four sacks in 11 games last year, but three of them came in his final four games. If Ware and Von Miller become the focus for opposing offenses, Wolfe could find some extra space to get to the quarterback this season.
After recording six sacks in his rookie season, Wolfe should start at defensive opposite Robert Ayers in 2013.
Wolfe is a major boom-or-bust player, but his upside is undeniably high on paper for 2012. He will likely start from Week 1 after the Broncos spent the 36th overall selection on him in the 2012 draft, and he just doesn't have much competition for snaps in Denver. Wolfe is a big, strong tackle who plays with good leverage and good side-to-side range. He totaled 70 tackles (37 solo), 9.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in just 13 games for Cincinnati last year.
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Dislocated elbow against Chargers
DEDenver Broncos
Elbow
December 1, 2019
Wolfe dislocated his elbow in Sunday's win over the Chargers, Rayn O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports.
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Leaves with elbow issue
DEDenver Broncos
Elbow
December 1, 2019
Wolfe exited Sunday's game against the Chargers with an elbow injury, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Notches fifth sack
DEDenver Broncos
November 4, 2019
Wolfe had five tackles (four solo) and a sack in Sunday's win over the Browns.
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Drops QB twice
DEDenver Broncos
October 29, 2019
Wolfe registered three tackles (two solo), two sacks and three quarterback hits in Sunday's 15-13 win over the Broncos.
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Full participant Wednesday
DEDenver Broncos
October 16, 2019
Wolfe (hip) practiced fully Wednesday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
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