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Brandon Shell on stopping Von Miller: 'He gets people off balance'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Outside linebacker Von Miller isn’t just the best player on the Denver Broncos’ roster. He’s perhaps also the most generous.

Miller gave each of his teammates a dual-temperature mattress topper -- valued at $1,000 a pop -- for the holidays. But for opposing offensive tackles, Miller gives them coal.

“He’s quick off the ball," said New York Jets right tackle Brandon Shell, who will line up across from Miller on most plays Sunday. “That’s what he does to people. He’s quick off the ball and he gets people off balance. I just got to time up counts and get off the ball like he does.’’

The Jets (5-7), looking to keep their playoff hopes alive, travel to Denver (3-9) on Sunday. Denver opened the season 2-0 and won three of its first four games.

But the bottom started to fall out and the Broncos, losers of eight straight, hit bottom when general manager John Elway said in late November that the team was a little soft.

"He is the head guy," Miller told reporters. "His comments ... he's the boss. That's what he said. He said it. I was kind of taken aback by it, which you should be if you have any type of emotion about you. When you say soft to a guy ... I'm not soft.’’

No, Miller is not soft. He has nine sacks, leaving him one short of becoming the first Broncos player in history to post double-digit sacks in six seasons.

Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods told reporters in Denver that Miller’s the most disruptive player at his position in the NFL.

“He’s very agile, very flexible, fast, power,’’ Shell said. “He’s good off the snap count. He’s a great player, great all-around player.’’

Shell already has gone up against some of the best outside linebackers in the league and held his own. Oakland’s Khalil Mack and Miami’s Cameron Wake had one sack each against Shell.

“You have to prepare for everybody the same,’’ Shell said. “No matter if it’s Von Miller or Khalil Mack or anybody else, Cameron Wake. They play different, but you still have to prepare the same.’’