Legends leave and young players must step up. The NFL stops for no one. For the Broncos, replacing future Hall of Fame linebacker DeMarcus Ware won’t be seamless. But they’ve been preparing for this moment.

More specifically, Shane Ray has been preparing for his moment. He’s no longer satisfied being a pupil behind Ware and Von Miller. Ray’s goals are to reach Miller’s level of all-pro success.

“Starting, I want to go to Super Bowl LII. Second, I want to be an all-pro. Third, I want to average a sack a game,” Ray said Wednesday. “It’s simple for me. I don’t think anybody can stop me from doing that.”

Ray has showed steady progression throughout his career. He had four sacks as a rookie and eight sacks last season. So, while 16 sacks may be a bold jump, 12 could be realistic.

Only two pass-rushing duos — Arizona’s Markus Golden (12.5) and Chandler Jones (11) and Seattle’s Cliff Avril (11.5) and Frank Clark (10) — reached double-digit sack totals last season. And Ray believes the Broncos could eclipse them all to own the NFL’s best sacking duo this season.

Miller does not seem concerned about whether the Broncos, and Ray in particular, can replace Ware’s on-field production.