Terrance 'Pot Roast' Knighton a sponge, too

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton's nickname is Pot Roast, but he also considers himself a sponge, too.

Knighton was asked during Super Bowl media day if he's a better player in his first season with the Denver Broncos than he was with the Jaguars or if he's just on a better team. Knighton could have taking a shot at the Jaguars, who never won more than eight games and went 22-42 in his four seasons in Jacksonville, but instead he was pretty diplomatic, saying he has benefitted from learning from veteran players.

He's absorbed as much as he can from players like defensive end Shaun Phillips and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson.

"I think I have more experience," he said. “I've seen more football. I'm surrounded by veterans that have seen a lot of football.

"With me, I'm like a sponge. When I'm around veterans and guys that have played some ball, I just try to soak in as much knowledge as I can."

The 6-foot-3, 335-pound Knighton has played perhaps his best football this season. He has 31 tackles and three sacks and has been a force in the middle of the Broncos' defensive front. Denver finished the regular-season tied for seventh in the NFL in rush defense (101.6 yards per game) and the Broncos held San Diego and New England to 65 and 64 yards rushing, respectively, in the postseason.

Knighton had three tackles against the Chargers and four tackles and a sack against the Patriots.