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In addition to signing Porter, the Broncos also added free agent safety Mike Adams to a star-studded secondary that’s better equipped to handle big tight ends and spread offenses like the one they’ll face Monday night in Atlanta, where Matt Ryan boasts wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White.

“There has to be a mix of great pass rush and then also having guys on the outside that can cover. And we’ve got both sides covered,” Leonhard said. “We’ve got the guys who can get to the quarterback and we do have great depth in our secondary with our corners and our safeties and having safeties especially like Mike and Raheem (Moore), who are athletic enough to cover receivers, especially tight ends.”

Then, there’s Denver’s new pass-rushing trio of Pro Bowlers Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller and second-round draft pick Derek Wolfe. The Broncos dumped Roethlisberger five times.

“So, that’s the new NFL,” Leonhard said. “Teams are going to spread you out and make you make plays in space and you have to have the athletes to do that and you’ve still got to be able to get to that quarterback and hit the quarterback and not let him get comfortable.”

Notes: Harris, who had a shoulder stinger in the opener, was walking around with a walking boot on his right foot this week. … Newly signed C Dan Koppen played at Boston College, where he was coached by current Broncos O-line coach Dave Magazu. Koppen adds experience and depth to the interior line. J.D. Walton has started all 35 games since his selection in the third round of the 2010 draft.


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