Maybe they just don’t take a hint, maybe they didn’t get the memo or maybe they are collectively the most stubborn, optimistic, keep-on-dreaming group of players at any position on any team in the NFL.

The defensive linemen the Denver Broncos have played this season have been released or waived a combined 28 times.

In a season filled with injuries, as well as coaching and roster adjustments made due to COVID-19, Broncos coach Vic Fangio likes to see all of those chips on all of those shoulders.

“It definitely needs to be part of your defense,” Fangio said. “You want guys playing with a chip on their shoulder at all times, whether they have a great reason to have a chip on their shoulder or not. Intensity, effort, physical-ness is really important to playing good defense. … It can be contagious to everybody else.”

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