Derek Wolfe
Derek Wolfe
29-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Denver Broncos
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Continuing with Denver
DEDenver Broncos
March 7, 2019
The Broncos have officially exercised the 2019 option on Wolfe's contract, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
ANALYSIS
Denver could have saved over $8 million in space by letting him walk, but the Broncos will instead keep Wolfe around as the 29-year-old enters the last year of his contract. He's more valuable in real life than fantasy, though, considering Wolfe has accrued just 74 tackles and 3.5 sacks on 1,169 defensive snaps over the past two seasons.
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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
2017
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2012
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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Active Saturday
DEDenver Broncos
December 15, 2018
Wolfe (concussion) is active for Saturday's game against the Browns.
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Officially listed as questionable
DEDenver Broncos
Concussion
December 13, 2018
Wolfe (concussion) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Browns, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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In concussion protocol
DEDenver Broncos
Concussion
December 11, 2018
Coach Vance Joseph said Tuesday that Wolfe is in the league-mandated concussion protocol, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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Clear for Week 14
DEDenver Broncos
December 7, 2018
Wolfe (ribs) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game at San Francisco, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
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Day-to-day with ribs injury
DEDenver Broncos
Ribs
December 3, 2018
Coach Vance Joseph said Monday that Wolfe (ribs) is day-to-day, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
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