Kenard Lang

Kenard Lang shrugs off fall from starter to third-stringer

DENVER (AP) - Kenard Lang is sinking in the depth chart. His spirits remain sky-high.

Lang, who started all 16 games for the Denver Broncos last season after Courtney Brown got hurt in training camp, insisted he wasn't bothered on draft day when the Broncos selected defensive ends Jarvis Moss and Tim Crowder with their top two picks.

"The main thing is I want to see young guys succeed. I'm happy for them. I know they're going to make us a better team," Lang said.

He's maintained his upbeat attitude at training camp even though he's listed as the third-stringer at left end behind John Engelberger and Crowder in an abundant field of 16 linemen fighting for probably eight roster spots.

Broncos' Lang Plays Through The Pain

(CBS4/ ENGLEWOOD, Colo. With 10 NFL seasons already logged, defensive end Kenard Lang has long since learned that playing through pain is essential to surviving in the professional ranks.

But one can't merely play through pain. To have the opportunity to play, one must practice with it, as well, and Kenard Lang has done just that during organized team activities, taking part in spite of shoulder pain that first set in last summer.

"I have my good days and my bad days, but it's cool," Lang said. "When training camp comes, there's no such thing as pain."

Lang managed to endure through all 16 games last year in spite of the problem, so making it through the organized team activities -- which see no tackling and no pads -- is relatively easy by comparison.

"I hurt my shoulder in training camp last year and I just played through it through the whole season," Lang said. "You can't complain.

Veteran linemen provides coaching to rookies

DENVER (AP) - Veteran defensive end Kenard Lang found himself pulling double duty at the Denver Broncos' seven-day quarterback camp that concluded Thursday.

In addition to working on his position, the 12-year lineman found himself a frequent respondent to the inquiries of wide-eyed rookie defensive linemen.

Lang didn't mind.

"I am an instructor and I like the title," said Lang. "Teaching is in my veins. You know, my mom was a principal.

"Here, the position fell into my lap," Lang said.

At the start of camp, Lang found himself helping fourth-round draft choice Marcus Thomas, who was hearing catcalls from Bronco veterans about his stance.

Broncos' DE Lang ready for challenge from draft picks

DENVER (AP) - Broncos defensive end Kenard Lang isn't worried about competition from the Broncos' new draft picks.

It's the fact the Denver Broncos selected two defensive linemen from the Florida Gators that has the former Miami Hurricanes' player chafing.

He jokes that it's almost a sin. But he says he'll make an exception for Gators Jarvis Moss and Marcus Thomas.

Lang and Ebenezer Ekuban are penciled in as the starters at defensive end going into the 2007 season. But Moss and second-round draft pick Tim Crowder of Texas will be looking to steal their positions.

Lang says the competition will only make the team better.