Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/9/13

DENVER - OCTOBER 04: Linebacker Robert Ayers #56 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a defensive play against the Dallas Cowboys during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Th whole Denver Broncos - Elvis Dumervil saga was unfortunate, but what's done is done, and now it's time to look forward to the future and look to get along without him, according to defensive end Robert Ayers. Ayer, a 2009 first round pick, has had an up and down career so far, but he insists he's ready to fill the big shoes of Dumervil in 2013.  “He’s a guy that mentored me a lot, taught me a lot about the game,” Ayers told reporters, via ProFootballTalk.com.  “I’ve grown as a man since I’ve been here and as a player in the NFL.  It’s tough to see him go.  But it’s part of the business, and I know it’s a big opportunity for myself.  We’ve talked about it.  One thing he said, ‘Man, do your thing.  You’re more than ready.’  He’s still encouraging.  It’s an unfortunate situation, but it’s an opportunity that I look forward to taking advantage of.” Ayer has been told by the team that he'll be the man to slide into Dumervil's position. “That was my mindset once I heard the news [about Dumervil],” Ayers said.  “I knew it was an opportunity for me, and I’m looking forward to it.  The fact that he says that doesn’t make me relax or anything — it makes me hungry.  Because I know there are a lot of expectations, and I have high expectations of myself.  So I’m just looking forward to working hard and being ready to take advantage of it.”

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