Broncos Rookie Parks: Defense Will Work To Avoid Slow Starts

By Michael Spencer

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – After a long weekend the Denver Broncos returned to practice Monday afternoon. After practice, Broncos rookie safety Will Parks joined CBS4 Broncos analyst Mark Schlereth and CBS4 sports anchor Michael Spencer for Xfinity Monday Live.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The Broncos defense has come under fire for its lack of intensity starting games. In four of their six games this season the defense has given up a touchdown on the opening drive. Last Thursday In San Diego the Broncos gave up a 12-play 75-yard drive which resulted in a Phillip Rivers touchdown pass and gave San Diego an early 7-0 lead.

Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks to pass under pressure from Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos during the first half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Philip Rivers of the Chargers looks to pass under pressure from Von Miller of the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on Oct. 13, 2016 in San Diego, California. (credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

“Obviously it was a slow start for us,” Parks said, “That’s not us. It’s something we have to control. That’s definitely what we’re going to work on this week.”

The defense improved in the second half and held San Diego to 0-6 on 3rd down conversions.

“It started at halftime, we went in there and were like ‘Hey guys, that’s not us,'” said Parks.

Special teams was a strong suit for the Broncos, including two fumble recoveries and an onside kick recovery.

“All those guys on special teams, they don’t care about anything but making plays,” said Parks. “We go out there with a purpose. We go out there with one job, and it’s to put our team in the best position possible.”

Parks is known for his personality, and his collection of glasses.

“I think I have about 28 pairs,” said Parks.

His collection started this summer when he was training in California.

“I saw these glasses, they were green, but they were clear glasses, so I wore them. The guy told me I looked good, and I just started wearing glasses from then on out.”

Running back Robert Turbin of the Colts is defended by Will Parks #34 of the Denver Broncos on Sept. 18, 2016. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Running back Robert Turbin of the Colts is defended by Will Parks of the Broncos on Sept. 18, 2016. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Parks and the Broncos will return home to host Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans Monday night at Mile High.

Michael Spencer is a Sports Anchor at CBS4. Read his bio or connect with him on Twitter @MichaelCBS4.

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