|Offense||27th||92.8 (27th)||230.3 (21st)|
|Defense||4th||130.3 (28th)||185.8 (1st)|
|2||Barnett, Dante||DB||6-1||193||6/14/1993||R||Kansas State|
|48||Barrett, Shaquil||OLB||6-2||250||11/17/1992||4||Colorado State|
|20||Carter, Jamal||DB||6-1||218||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|51||Davis, Todd||ILB||6-1||230||5/17/1992||4||Sacramento State|
|55||Day, Dillon||C||6-4||299||10/17/1991||1||Mississippi State|
|59||Dora, Vontarrius||LB||6-4||256||9/7/1992||2||Louisiana Tech|
|91||Edebali, Kasim||LB||6-2||253||8/17/1989||4||Boston College|
|66||Ekanem, Ken||LB||6-3||257||4/8/1994||R||Virginia Tech|
|20||Forsett, Justin (FA)||RB||5-8||195||10/14/1985||10||California|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||3||Michigan State|
|99||Gotsis, Adam||DT||6-4||287||9/23/1992||2||Georgia Tech|
|96||Harris, Shelby||DE||6-2||290||8/11/1991||3||Illinois State|
|33||Henderson, De'Angelo||RB||5-7||208||11/24/1992||R||Coastal Carolina|
|11||Henderson, Carlos||WR||6-1||191||12/19/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||3||Ohio State|
|6||Kelly, Chad||QB||6-2||224||3/26/1994||R||Ole Miss|
|70||Lang, Cedrick||T||6-9||255||5/12/1992||1||Texas-El Paso|
|58||Miller, Von||OLB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||7||Texas A&M|
|11||Norwood, Jordan (FA)||WR||5-11||180||9/28/1986||8||Penn State|
|61||Paradis, Matt||C||6-3||300||10/12/1989||3||Boise State|
|90||Peko, Kyle||NT||6-1||305||7/23/1993||2||Oregon State|
|94||Peko, Domata||DT||6-3||325||11/27/1984||12||Michigan State|
|19||Raymond, Kalif||WR||5-9||160||8/8/1994||2||Holy Cross|
|29||Roby, Bradley||CB||5-11||194||5/1/1992||4||Ohio State|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty||T||6-5||315||3/10/1992||3||Colorado State|
|10||Sanders, Emmanuel||WR||5-11||180||3/17/1987||8||Southern Methodist|
|17||Sharp, Hunter||WR||5-11||198||4/25/1994||1||Utah State|
|31||Simmons, Justin||SS||6-2||202||11/19/1993||2||Boston College|
|1||Sloter, Kyle||QB||6-4||218||2/7/1994||R||Northern Colorado|
|26||Stewart, Darian||FS||5-11||214||8/4/1988||8||South Carolina|
|88||Thomas, Demaryius||WR||6-3||229||12/25/1987||8||Georgia Tech|
|77||Turner, Billy||G||6-5||310||10/17/1991||4||North Dakota State|
|96||Walker, Vance (FA)||DE||6-2||305||4/26/1987||9||Georgia Tech|
|57||Walker, DeMarcus||DE||6-4||280||9/30/1994||R||Florida State|
|75||Watson, Menelik||T||6-5||315||12/22/1988||5||Florida State|
|97||Winn, Billy||DE||6-4||300||4/15/1989||5||Boise State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Talib was involved in a shooting incident in June of 2016 during which he clipped himself in the leg. He will be required to undergo a firearm safety course, but will not receive a suspension or fine for the incident. Talib was ranked the league's No. 1 cornerback by Pro Football Focus entering Thanksgiving weekend last season, despite missing three games with a lower-back injury, and is a big reason why the Broncos were the NFL's best pass defense last year with 185.8 yards allowed per game through the air.
Stewart has experienced somewhat of a rebirth in his seventh season, recording 44 combined tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery so far this season. His three interceptions in 2016 match his career total prior to this year, and he is one of the reasons the Broncos defense has been so dominant this season. He will continue starting at free safety for Denver.
Peko broke a bone in his right foot during June's minicamp and could be out until the middle of August. If he is still on this list when training camp ends, Peko will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.
Walker missed the entirety of the 2016 season after tearing his ACL last August. The former Bronco could be fully healthy in time for training camp if he can land a contract sometime soon.
Thomas has started 90 consecutive games for the Broncos, but the 29-year-old battled through hip tightness during the first couple months of last season. Although Thomas was absent from Denver's injury report after that period, and finished with 90 receptions for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns to boot, he admitted his hip's condition held him back at times over the course of the campaign. However, thanks to some changes in his diet and preparation regimen, Thomas says, "it's totally different", because he no longer wakes up needing to loosen his hip. That improvement has the Pro Bowler excited about the upcoming season, when he'll also be reunited with former offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Nelson serves as a reserve linebacker behind Brandon Marshall so it isn't likely he sees the field too much on Sunday, but his active status is a reassuring sign for the team.
The defensive tackle heads to Denver after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Bengals. Peko has been an ironman on the field as he has not missed a contest since 2009. He'll join his cousin, Kyle Peko, on the defensive line in Denver and the two will likely compete for reps as the starting nose tackle.
The Broncos had a Henderson advocate in their war room in the form of new special teams coordinator Brock Olivo, who served as the rookie's position coach at Coastal Carolina in 2013. Henderson missed time in 2016 with a shoulder injury, but still managed to rank seventh in the FCS with 16 rushing touchdowns. Over the past three seasons, he has averaged 1,345 yards on 6.3 yards per carry, along with 17 rushing touchdowns per season. Despite his short, stout frame, he still managed to run a 4.48 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Expect for him to first start under Olivo's wing on special teams, but don't be surprised if Denver uses a player of his diminutive size and speed in the passing game. Mike McCoy utilized similarly statured, unsung players such as Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver in San Diego with notable success, and Henderson averaged about three catches per game in college.
Siemian won the starting job in Denver in 2016, beating out first-round rookie Lynch. Entering 2017, both Siemian and Lynch need to learn the new offense being implemented by offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. After starting 14 games last season, Siemian is the favorite to win the job again, though he'll need another strong outing in OTAs and training camp to solidify that position.
Norwood's punt returning ability was an asset during the Broncos' Super Bowl run, and he even set a Super Bowl record for longest punt return. That element of his game became a liability in 2016 as he fumbled five times down the stretch, losing three. Two of those losses came in Denver's overtime defeat against the Chiefs in Week 13. Norwood was the Broncos' third most prolific wide receiver in 2016, a title that carries little weight given his competition. Based on his issues with ball security in 2016 and younger options available, it wouldn't be a surprise if Norwood's days in Denver are over.
Turner initially needed a walking boot to move about but he's now able to walk on his own. He should be ready to go in time for the opening of next month's training camp.
With Brandon Marshall (hamstring) ruled out of Sunday's game against the Titans, backup Corey Nelson will fill in with the first-string defense. Since Nelson is usually a mainstay on special teams, Gause was signed in order to allow Nelson to focus on his defensive responsibilities. An undrafted rookie from Rutgers, Gause himself projects to be exclusively contained to special teams.
Davis started for Denver last season after former starter Danny Trevathan left via free agency, and Davis will expect to start once again in 2017. He had 97 tackles and three passes defensed in 16 games in 2016.
Thomas' words echo what the media, coaching staff, and Lynch himself have said about the second-year quarterback's progress. Expect Thomas' words to carry more weight than the rest, though. The Broncos' quarterback competition has always been about Siemian's experience versus Lynch's superior athletic traits. The more comfortable Lynch gets in Denver's new offense - the better chance he has to cut it loose. One of the peculiar myths being used in Siemian's favor is that - given his affability and moxie - the Broncos players would have trouble rallying around the less experienced Lynch. If Thomas, an offensive team captain, is so willing to throw support behind Lynch - consider that myth busted.
Although he's been quiet in the majority of his games to start the season, he's had a pair of big games over his last three matchups. In Week 3, he sacked Andy Dalton three times while notching six tackles, and his second this week's contest brought him up to four on the season. The second-year player has exceptional ability to get to the quarterback, and he's potentially a high-upside option in IDP leagues.
Derby continues his rehab from a minor hamstring ailment. It appears likely that he'll be able to return to the field for training camp, so keep an eye out for more updates at that time.
Despite being held out of team drills during Denver's offseason program, it sounds as if Charles was at least able to ramp up his level of activity during the final days of June's minicamp earlier in the month. Most people want to typecast the veteran running back into a complementary third-down role given the combination of his age, injury history and proven receiving chops, but Charles evidently believes he's still capable of much more. Although the Broncos coaching staff may feel otherwise, nothing is certain until the pads come on in training camp, which remains Charles' expected return date.
Kerr was able to practice in full heading into the weekend, so his availability comes as no surprise in Week 15.
Simmons was limited in practice all week, and although initial reports were encouraging, the reserve defensive back will not be able to go Sunday, leaving Darian Stewart as the only true free safety on the roster.
Marshall is expected to be held out of Thursday's practice as well, as the team is likely placing his health as their top priority at this point in the offseason. The 27-year-old started all 11 games he played in last year for the team. Barring any setbacks, he is seemingly on track to enter training camp in full health.
Taylor appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos in 2016 after spending the entirety of the 2015 campaign on the team's practice squad, ultimately collecting 16 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns while serving in a depth role at wide receiver. It's possible he could push for the No. 3 job this summer given Denver's lack of talent behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the depth chart.
Paradis underwent surgery on each of his hips this offseason and wasn't expected to return until August. However, he now should be able to participate in most on-field drills once training camp opens July 27th.
The Broncos signed Jamaal Charles (knee) to a modest one-year contract and drafted De'Angelo Henderson in the sixth round with the hope of adding some explosiveness in the backfield without sacrificing significant financial resources. The offseason moves hint at some degree of confidence in Anderson and Devontae Booker, both of whom struggled last year behind a lousy offensive line. Perhaps more important than the additions at running back, Denver signed former Cowboys guard Ronald Leary and drafted offensive tackle Garett Bolles at No. 20 overall. The team also replaced former offensive coordinator Rick Dennison with the more pass-happy Mike McCoy, but limitations at quarterback suggest the team will still aim for a balanced approach. While tentatively expected to regain the lead role, Anderson will need to fend off competition for touches by proving he's regained burst that was missing in his injury-shortened 2016 campaign. He only had one carry of 20-plus yards prior to suffering a season-ending torn meniscus in Week 7, though it's worth noting that Booker didn't have a single carry of 20-plus yards all year on 174 attempts.
If Graham Gano's kick was true, Harris would have been the goat of the game after picking up a penalty on fourth and forever earlier in the drive. Instead, Harris will be remembered as one of they key reasons Denver won the contest with his sticky coverage and bat-and-pick that set up the Broncos' go-ahead score. The diminutive corner batted a pass intended for 6-foot-5 receiver Kelvin Benjamin and laid out for the interception deep in Carolina territory.
As if the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry couldn't get any tenser, the Buckeye alum, Heuerman, will eventually have to fend off Michigan's Butt for playing time. Heuerman lost his rookie season to a torn ACL and, though he played sparingly in 2016, didn't seem to inspire the front office who, since midway through last season, has added both A.J. Derby in a trade and drafted Butt. Butt is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Orange Bowl, so he is unlikely to make major strides until the season begins. Still, while Heuerman flashed some big-play ability by averaging 15.7 yards per catch in 2016, he's going to have to do a lot more to emerge atop Denver's logjam at tight end.
Walker (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) is a stocky end who lacks ideal length and athleticism, but his production was of an elite grade at Florida State. He finished the 2016 season with 16 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss, and now he should get groomed for an eventual starting role opposite Shane Ray.
McManus, who'd been a restricted free agent this offseason, was hesitant to sign his contract tender in hopes of landing a long-term deal. Considering the Broncos tendered him to a second-round pick, the kicker is clearly a valued member of the team and it only seems to be a matter of time before Denver inks him to a multi-year pact.
With those key targets out, quarterback Andy Dalton figures to rely on running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard and wideout Mohamed Sanu.
Cincy is a 3.5-point underdog as Dalton looks for his first playoff win in four tries.
The former seventh-round selection beat the odds and put together a quality nine-year career. Forsett's breakout season came during his seventh year in the league in 2014, when he grabbed hold of the starting running back role for the Ravens and responded with 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging a strong 5.4 yards per carry. He did bounce around between three teams last season and went through this entire offseason without a new contract, which ultimately prompted him to opt for retirement. Forsett finishes his career with 20 total touchdowns and a 4.7 yards-per-carry average.
Dora came to Denver as an undrafted free agent last offseason, a tweener not quite big enough to play end and not as explosive as a typical outside linebacker. His two-sack-one-forced-fumble performance against Chicago in the preseason helped him earn a spot on the practice squad and he was promoted to the active roster late in the season. Entering 2017, he and free-agent pickup Kasim Edebali figured to duke it out for the fourth, and potentially final, spot at outside linebacker. Now, with Barrett hurt, it is possible that both will make the cut in an effort to provide depth behind Von Miller and Shane Ray.
Barrett evidently needs a little more time to recover from an offseason hip injury he suffered back in May. Until he's back in action, fellow reserve linebackers Kasim Edebali and Vontarrius Dora should be in line for extra reps.
Crick was drafted during the Gary Kubiak/Wade Phillips regime while they were all in Houston - so the familiarity is there. While neither coach's tenure lasted long enough to see Crick become a starter, defensive line coach Bill Kollar did coach Crick during his first year as a starter in 2014. Crick accumulated 104 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his last two years in Houston and his understanding of the defense could prove invaluable in stepping in and replacing Walker.
The 22-year-old was waived by the Broncos last season during final roster cuts, but ultimately rejoined the organization as a member of the practice squad late in 2016. The hand injury certainly won't help Raymond's chances of making the roster in 2017, but it doesn't look to be anything that will prevent him from taking part in training camp. His best route to making the roster will be shining on the Broncos' special teams units.
For the first time all season, Miller was held without a sack twice in a three-week period. That said, it's impossible to complain about a player with 12.5 sacks who's an ultra-elite IDP linebacker.
Despite the boyish looks and spindly frame, Sanders is no longer a spring chicken at 30 years old and so the increased attention to fitness will help ensure that the speedster's play doesn't regress. Another key will be Denver's new offense under offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Sanders tallied 2,167 yards in two season in Gary Kubiak's more deliberate-moving attack, but it doesn't take a great memory to recall what Sanders did in a similar offense as McCoy's in 2014 - notching 101 catches for 1,404 yards despite Peyton Manning being hobbled down the stretch. Trevor Siemian nor Paxton Lynch are a clear upgrade to even a hobbled Manning, but a more pass-happy offense and healthier lifestyle should still lead to greater production for Sanders, who praised Siemian's throws on in- and out-breaking routes and Lynch's deep ball.
Anderson was carted off the field in the regular-season finale due to a neck injury, but it doesn't appear as though the issue will prevent him from playing again. He had 14 tackles and two forced fumbles while playing primarily special teams in 16 games in 2016.
The fifth-year back has played in 52 NFL games, including three starts, with the Ravens and Jaguars since 2012. Most recently he spent time with the Jets, but landed on injured reserve due to a hamstring issue, forcing him to miss the entirety of the 2016-17 season.
Fowler had a 76-yard scoring reception in Week 13 against Kansas City, but he was otherwise a non-factor throughout the 2016 season, finishing with only 11 catches for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 targets. He might get a shot to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job, as Denver will head into the draft with a thin depth chart behind its standout duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
An injured left ankle cost Janovich the final five games of the 2016 season. The Broncos didn't bring in any fullback competition during the offseason, so look for the Nebraska product to open training camp atop the depth chart.
Sharp spent the preseason with the Eagles but reached an injury settlement with the club just before the beginning of the regular season. The wideout will try and secure a spot on the Eagles' depth chart this offseason as he brings plenty of explosiveness and a solid route-running ability.
Gotsis' procedure sounds intense, but he simply had his knee cleaned out and will be ready for the first week of training camp. He's slated to provide depth at defensive end behind Derek Wolfe (neck) and Jared Crick.
When Green signed a three-year extension two seasons ago, the idea was that he'd move on from his blocking role and become the kind of receiver that he was in college to help replace Julius Thomas. Just 34 catches and two touchdowns later, that doesn't seem to be panning out. Green now enters a contract year as the elder statesman surrounded by young, toolsy players including A.J. Derby, Jeff Heuerman and Butt. No one in the bunch has emerged as surefire competition for Green's starting job in 2017, but the numbers are slowly moving away from Green's favor.
Head coach Vance Joseph received quality intel before selecting Henderson in the third round, with his brother, Mickey, serving on the Louisiana Tech staff last season. The 22-year-old certainly helps provide the "juice" Joseph said that the offense needed earlier this offseason. Henderson ranked fifth in the nation with 1,535 receiving yards and tied for first with 19 receiving touchdowns in Louisiana Tech's pass-happy offense and followed his in-season performance up by running a 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. The speedster was particularly potent on quick-hitters and screens in college, and, perhaps most impressively, led all collegiate receivers with 48 missed tackles in 2016 according to Pro Football Focus, with the runner-up tallying just 26.
Rumors flew after the 2016 draft that, had Denver not been able to nab Paxton Lynch, Booker was on their radar in the first round. He slid to the fourth and his quick-twitch style paired with a bruising physique made many wonder how long it would take for Booker to capture Denver's lead job. It ended up being after Week 7, as C.J. Anderson's season-ending knee injury left Booker as Denver's top dog. It didn't work out as Booker averaged just under three yards per carry for the rest of the season. He did show flashes as a talented all-around back, however, including his 109-total-yard performance in Week 17 during which he scored two touchdowns. The Broncos depth chart, outside of Booker, is deep, but features a ton of question marks including the inconsistent Anderson, injured Jamaal Charles, and inexperienced De'Angelo Henderson. That depth can make it difficult for Booker to get too many touches. The quality of that depth could also mean that Booker is the Broncos' lead back before long.
The three touches were a season-high for Thompson. The former undrafted free agent never got many looks at fullback after rookie Andy Janovich went on injured reserve nor has he gotten many opportunities at running back. Though Sunday should be all about preparing for 2017, it'd be a surprise if Thompson got much usage as Denver will almost surely want to get a long last look at rookie Devontae Booker.
Wolfe injured his neck in last week's loss to Kansas City and hasn't practiced since. Adam Gotsis will likely see some extra snaps as the only backup to starting defensive ends Jared Crick and Billy Winn.
Exercising Roby's option was a commitment to defense for the Broncos, as him and fellow cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris are huge reasons why Denver ranked first in the NFL with 185.8 passing yards allowed per game last season. Expect Roby to have another strong season in 2017-18, given that he can stay healthy.
Just three years ago, Latimer looked like a combination of size and speed that was destined to do big things in Denver's passing offense. Instead, he's nabbed just 16 passes and one touchdown in three season and enters a contract year as more of a value on special teams than on offense - not exactly what one would hope for from a second-round pick. A more wide open attack under new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy may conjure up some of the production Latimer enjoyed in a spread offense at Indiana, but it's perhaps even more likely that Latimer will be playing football elsewhere sooner than later.
Butt is still recovering from the torn ACL he suffered during Michigan's bowl game back in January. That unfortunate occurrence caused Butt to slide all the way to the fifth round of this year's draft, and, as expected, will now prevent him from being ready to start his rookie campaign. As it stands, it's unclear when Butt will be available.
Edebali, a free-agent pickup from New Orleans, was supposed to battle it out with 2016 undrafted free agent Vontarrius Dora for the fourth outside linebacker slot left by the retirement of DeMarcus Ware and departure of Dekoda Watson. With Barrett now likely to miss much of the remaining off-season, both figure to get increased reps at practice. Of the two, Edebali is the more experienced pass-rusher, just a year removed from a five-sack 2015 campaign. The Broncos' defense might better suit Edebali than the Saints' attack, in which Edebali served as an undersized down lineman.
Langley is a former Georgia transfer who ended up earning a Senior Bowl invitation after playing at Lamar. He was one of the better Combine performers at cornerback, posting a 4.43-second 40, 35.5-inch vertical, and 123-inch broad jump at 6-feet, 201 pounds.
Ward missed last week's game due his concussion and has yet to return to practice. Will Parks is expected to start in Ward's place once again.
Nicknamed "the human joystick," McKenzie led the SEC in punt return yards with 244 in 2016 and returned five punts and one kickoff for touchdowns during his three-year collegiate career. After showing off his ability at the NFL Combine with a 4.42 40-yard dash and the second fastest three-cone drill among receivers, expect Denver to find ways to move him all around the formation like Georgia's coaches did. McKenzie was primarily a returner during his first two seasons before tallying 633 yards and seven touchdowns on 44 catches in 2016. He also carried the ball 19 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
The details surrounding Brown's injury haven't been disclosed. The towering wideout previously spent training camp with the Broncos, and while he impressed in his limited time, was ultimately waived due to a back injury prior to the season opener. He then resurfaced in Denver weeks ago, but never made any sort of on-field contribution. His release allowed the team to add more depth at linebacker with Brandon Marshall (hamstring) on the shelf.