There’s a moment of beautiful clarity before the snap when it happens.

A Broncos special teams ace takes one glance at the blocker he’s drawn on kick protection, a player he’s watched over and over and over on film, knows his every mechanical weakness, and it’s as though linebacker Joe Jones and other block-happy Broncos can see into the future.

“You know who is going to block you, who is going to get the ball and where the ball is going,” Jones said. “It’s pretty straightforward. See who the better athlete is and who wants it more.”

Through Week 12 of the NFL season, it’s advantage: Denver
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