|Offense||16th||107.4 (17th)||248.1 (14th)|
|Defense||1st||83.6 (3rd)||199.6 (1st)|
|48||Barrett, Shaquil||OLB||6-2||250||11/17/1992||3||Colorado State|
|Bibbs, Kapri||RB||5-9||203||1/10/1993||2||Colorado State|
|20||Bush, Josh (FA)||FS||5-11||205||3/5/1989||5||Wake Forest|
|12||Caldwell, Andre (FA)||WR||6-0||200||4/15/1985||9||Florida|
|81||Daniels, Owen (FA)||TE||6-3||245||11/9/1982||11||Wisconsin|
|51||Davis, Todd||MLB||6-1||230||5/17/1992||3||Sacramento State|
|62||Day, Dillon||C||6-4||299||10/17/1991||1||Mississippi State|
|Dora, Vontarrius||DE||6-4||249||9/7/1992||R||Louisiana Tech|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||2||Michigan State|
|Glover, Antonio||DB||6-1||190||3/31/1993||R||Georgia Southern|
|Gordon, Richard (FA)||TE||6-4||265||6/7/1987||6||Miami (Fla.)|
|Gotsis, Adam||DT||6-4||287||9/23/1992||R||Georgia Tech|
|Gray, Cyrus||RB||5-10||206||11/18/1989||3||Texas A&M|
|Hanson, Lars||T||6-8||305||9/30/1992||R||Sacramento State|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||2||Ohio State|
|Heurtelou, Calvin||DT||6-3||315||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|23||Hillman, Ronnie||RB||5-10||195||9/14/1991||5||San Diego State|
|Krieger Coble, Henry||TE||6-3||248||6/12/1992||R||Iowa|
|58||Miller, Von||OLB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||6||Texas A&M|
|Moala, David||DT||6-2||300||12/30/1992||R||Utah State|
|70||Myers, Robert||G||6-5||326||12/26/1991||1||Tennessee State|
|Neary, Aaron||OL||6-4||284||11/15/1992||R||Eastern Washington|
|11||Norwood, Jordan||WR||5-11||180||9/28/1986||7||Penn State|
|Okung, Russell||T||6-5||310||10/7/1987||7||Oklahoma State|
|61||Paradis, Matt||C||6-3||300||10/12/1989||2||Boise State|
|Peko, Kyle||NT||6-1||305||//||R||Oregon State|
|76||Polumbus, Tyler (FA)||T||6-8||308||4/10/1985||9||Colorado|
|Posey, DeVier||WR||6-1||210||3/15/1990||3||Ohio State|
|Raymond, Kalif||WR||5-9||163||//||R||Holy Cross|
|29||Roby, Bradley||FS||5-11||194||5/1/1992||3||Ohio State|
|Ross, Brandian||DB||6-0||190||9/28/1989||4||Youngstown State|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty||T||6-5||315||3/10/1992||2||Colorado State|
|10||Sanders, Emmanuel||WR||5-11||180||3/17/1987||7||Southern Methodist|
|Simmons, Justin||FS||6-2||202||11/19/1993||R||Boston College|
|90||Smith, Antonio (FA)||DE||6-3||290||10/21/1981||13||Oklahoma State|
|26||Stewart, Darian||FS||5-11||214||8/4/1988||7||South Carolina|
|Sulleyman, Sadat||DL||6-2||240||10/25/1992||R||Portland State|
|88||Thomas, Demaryius||WR||6-3||229||12/25/1987||7||Georgia Tech|
|Tidwell, John||DB||6-0||191||//||R||Sioux Falls|
|65||Vasquez, Louis (FA)||G||6-5||335||4/11/1987||8||Texas Tech|
|96||Walker, Vance||DE||6-2||305||4/26/1987||8||Georgia Tech|
|Watson, Dekoda||LB||6-2||245||3/3/1988||6||Florida State|
|36||Webster, Kayvon||CB||5-11||198||2/1/1991||4||South Florida|
|92||Williams, Sylvester||NT||6-2||313||11/21/1988||4||North Carolina|
|15||Williams, Kyle (FA)||WR||5-10||186||7/19/1988||6||Arizona State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Talib started off the season on fire, with three picks, two of which were returned for touchdowns, in Denver's first six games. He never hauled in another pass for the rest of the season and missed Denver's worst game of the year - Week 10 versus Kansas City - after poking Dwayne Allen in the eye in Week 9. Talib, combined with Chris Harris Jr., T.J. Ward and Bradley Roby is a major factor in Denver's "No Fly Zone," often taking on the opposition's most physical receiver. Talib's ball skills makes him a constant threat to take one back to the house. Is tendency to play a tad out of control makes a potential suspension right around the corner.
Playing a jack-of-all-trades role, Stewart ranked third on the team in tackles while making his presence felt in the passing game. A huge interception in the AFC Championship Game and forced fumble in Super Bowl 50 set a favorable tone for this offseason's contract negotiations, but those negotiations will likely conclude with a move to a different city. Von Miller, Malik Jackson, Brock Osweiler and Danny Trevathan have all been identified as priorities for Denver to resign this offseason. With it doubtful that the team will have the money to keep all four, Stewart is unlikely to be a factor in the Broncos' future.
Jackson's payday leaves Walker as the most likely starter opposite Derek Wolfe on Denver's front. Walker registered 33 tackles and two sacks in a jack-of-all-trades role in 2015, but didn't join Denver's sack parade in the playoffs. More of a run stuffer than pass rusher, don't expect Walker to recreate Jackson's production should he manage to hold onto the starting job. More likely, Denver will use Kenny Anunike or an import in pass-rushing situations.
Those who watched Thomas week in and week out may have been surprised by the fact that the star receiver managed to collect over 100 catches in 2015. Thomas often seemed distracted or a little off, dropping key passes and just missing deep connections with Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. Thomas entered 2015 with 23 100-yard games in his previous three seasons, but had just four this season and had just one game, Week 17, in which he topped 100 yards and hauled in a touchdown. All four of Thomas' 100-yard games came in games where Manning played at least a half, so Thomas will likely need to work on his rapport with Osweiler or whoever else lines up under center in Denver in 2016. The nature of Thomas' contract gives him a lot of leeway as he will be in orange through at least 2017, but if he doesn't begin stepping up more in big moments in 2016, the pressure will mount on Denver's top receiver.
The Broncos are very healthy heading into Week 7, with Ball the only player on the active roster missing the game due to injury. All the team's players listed as probable on the final injury report are active, including running back Juwan Thompson (knee), linebacker Corey Nelson (hamstring), kicker Brandon McManus (groin) and defensive backs Omar Bolden (groin), David Bruton (ankle) and Chris Harris (knee).
Throughout the season, head coach Gary Kubiak praised Siemian's throwing ability and the Broncos even let the more experienced Christian Ponder walk while Peyton Manning was on the mend, leaving the rookie to back up Osweiler. All that being said, there is next to no chance that Siemian will enter camp as the Broncos' starter. Expect the team to invest in a quarterback in free agency, the trade market, the draft, or a combination thereof.
Norwood caught 22 balls for 207 yards without a touchdown in 2015 for the Broncos in 11 games, as he was limited by a hamstring injury in October and November. Expect him to occupy a similar role in Denver in 2016, as he won't be challenging Demaryius Thomas nor Emmanuel Sanders for a top role in the Broncos offense.
The move isn't a total surprise given the cap gymnastics general manager John Elway will have to go through in the coming years to keep more prominent players in Denver. Williams contributed three sacks to the Broncos' 2015 pass rush as he put together his best season under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and line coach Bill Kollar. If he takes another step, Williams could still see a payday in 2017. If not, 2015 sixth-rounder Darius Kilgo and reclamation project Phil Taylor could emerge.
The sixth-round pick in the 2012 draft carried just 24 times during his career with the team for 99 yards and one touchdown. He had eight attempts for 31 yards and that lone score in 2014.
He was out after November 11, however, with a torn ACL.
Davis stepped in in Week 14 when Trevathan sat out with a concussion and also racked up two starts in 2014. He tallied 21 tackles and a fumble recovery as a backup in 2015. Trevathan's departure leaves the Broncos with only Davis, Brandon Marshall and Corey Nelson in the middle, so expect some activity in free agency or the draft. Until then, pencil Davis in as a starter opposite Marshall.
The fact that 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian got first dibs on reps with Mark Sanchez out in the team period shows that Denver is willing to ease Lynch in. Still, there's encouragement in reports that Lynch's arm slung balls through a stiff wind and impressed defensive teammates. Head coach Gary Kubiak said after practice that Lynch is still adjusting to the pro game, particularly with footwork. Once he acclimates, his big arm and athleticism could push him toward the top of the depth chart.
Ray was limited to begin the week, but went through a full practice session Friday, making him likely to play this weekend. With DeMarcus Ware (back) out, having Ray available would figure to boost the Broncos' pass-rushing ranks.
Graham gives the Broncos added depth at tight end to go along with Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman, Richard Gordon and Manasseh Garner. His chances of securing a role in the Denver offense this season are bolstered by his past experience working with coach Gary Kubiak, while the two were with the Texans. Graham caught just four passes for 30 yards and a TD in eight games in 2015, but he did snag a career-high 49 catches for 545 yards and five TDs in 13 games for Houston back in 2013.
The Simmons pick likely has bigger implications in 2017, when Denver will likely need to replace starting free safety Darian Stewart. In the meantime, somebody needs to fill the departed David Bruton's shoes in big nickel and big dime packages, allowing Stewart and T.J. Ward to move around. Simmons has the length and range to either play centerfield or matchup with tight ends and big slot receivers. He has the ball skills, tallying five picks last year at Boston College.
Marshall sustained the injury while causing Jamaal Charles to fumble during a Week 2 victory, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Brushing off the concern, Marshall proceeded to notch 100-plus tackles for the second season in a row, to which he added two forced fumbled, 1.5 sacks, and one interception in 16 games. Even if he remains limited through OTAs and mandatory minicamp, the minor procedure isn't expected to impact his activity level once training camp rolls around in late July.
Since receiving sporadic starts with the Bengals during a four-year stint to kick off his career, Caldwell was lightly used with the Broncos over the past four seasons, totaling 32 catches (on 70 targets) for 337 yards and five touchdowns across 54 games. He took on part-time duty as a kick returner as well, averaging 23.2 YPR on 25 attempts over the last three campaigns, but he merely hauled in his only target while returning a pair of kicks in Denver's Super Bowl victory in February. If he lands on the Lions' 53-man roster out of training camp, he'll serve as depth for a receiving corps that's attempting to weather the loss of Calvin Johnson to retirement.
Bibbs faces an uphill climb toward making the roster, let alone seeing playing time. The Broncos dressed just two backs for much of last season. C.J. Anderson and fourth-round pick Devontae Booker are all but assured roster spots and head coach Gary Kubiak has voiced a desire to incorporate a fullback into the offense. Bibbs' only chance may be to best last year's leading rusher, Ronnie Hillman.
Lynch was listed as probable due to a back injury. He's been dealing with the issue all season, but has been able to play through it.
Chris Matthews, who was listed as questionable, will also attempt to play. He's dealing with a hamstring injury.
Hillman was listed as probable due to a shoulder injury. He was never really a candidate to sit. The team will also have Lamin Barrow, Omar Bolden, Chris Harris Jr., Brandon McManus, Juwan Thompson, Louis Vasquez and Kayvon Webster. All seven players were listed as probable coming into the contest.
Addison impressed at Oregon, topping 800 receiving yards in both 2013 and 2015, with 17 receiving touchdowns and three return scores in those two seasons. He missed 2014 with a torn ACL but otherwise enjoyed good health during his college career. Addison hurt his stock in a big way at the combine, running a 4.66 40-yard dash at 5-9, 197 pounds. He'll likely get a look in the slot with Denver, but a job in the return game might represent his best chance to earn a roster spot.
The stocky running back started slow in 2015, only to become the most effective part of Denver's offense by the playoffs. A lighter, quicker Anderson could bode well for a faster start, but he'll also be facing stiffer competition. Last year's leading rusher, Ronnie Hillman, returns and fourth-round pick Devontae Booker appears perfectly made for Denver's one-cut scheme. Anderson should see more consistent production in 2016, but he is almost certain to share plenty of carries.
Harris played through a deep tissue bruise and was less than 100 percent in both the AFC championship game and the Super Bowl. He has since confirmed that he's completely recovered from the injury, and it will not limit him in offseason training or into training camp, where Harris is sure to start at corner, along with Aqib Talib.
Selected by the Broncos 92nd overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, Heuerman is now in line to compete for slotting on the team's tight end depth chart this coming season, with Owen Daniels, Virgil Green and Richard Gordon also under contract for 2016. While it may be a little premature to dub Heuerman a fantasy sleeper, the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder out of Ohio State does have potential to make a mark in the Denver offense this coming season, with fellow TE Vernon Davis slated to become a free agent next month.
McManus excelled in his first full year on the job in 2015, ranking fifth in league in both field goals, 30, and field goals of 50 yards or longer, five. A big leg combined with eight games Denver's thin air tends to add up to a quality fantasy kicker. McManus' real-life football value might dip in 2016, however. His booming leg led him to rank fifth in the league with 55 touchbacks in 2015 - a skill that will lose some of its appeal now that touchbacks will be taken out to the 25-yard line.
Baltimore's top three tight ends are either injured or suspended, but the team expects to have Crockett Gillmore (back) and/or Maxx Williams available by Sunday. Gordon doesn't figure to have a significant role and may even be released by the end of the week.
Kreiter, 24, was cut by the team last August. He has yet to see the field in the NFL.
After Gary Kubiak was hired as the Broncos' head coach last year, Daniels hooked up with his former boss in Denver and proceeded to put together a modest campaign, gathering in 46 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season. Once the AFC championship game rolled around, though, Daniels made his greatest impact for the Mile-High residents, as he teamed up with Peyton Manning to post two first-half touchdowns in an eventual two-point victory versus the Patriots. While he has a Super Bowl title under his belt, Daniels demonstrated that he still has something left in the tank and should draw some interest on the open market.
Polumbus has played for the Broncos, Seahawks and Redskins in his career. With the Redskins, he played under Kyle Shanahan, who is now the offensive coordinator with the Falcons.
In his career, Polumbus has totaled 57 starts in 98 games.
“We’re going to play the five best, and Fish gives us a whole lot of flexibility, he can play any position on the offensive line, and play at Pro Bowl caliber,” Reid said, per The Kansas City Star.
Starting opposite star defensive end J.J. Watt in Houston, Crick logged 48 tackles and two sacks for the Texans in 2015. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, who the Houston Chronicle describes as a "gritty run-stopper," figures to compete with Vance Walker and Kenny Anunike for playing time on the Broncos' defensive line, with the team looking to fill the void created by the free agent departure Malik Jackson.
Keo rejoins the Broncos after impressing during his two-month stint with the team to end last season. Although injuries forced Keo to play more than usual last term, his presence should help provide solid depth to the Broncos' secondary this time around.
Sambrailo was selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Colorado State. If he's the guy the Broncos have to go to with, he will need to not play like a rookie immediately.
"He's not a rookie anymore," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said after practice. "As of today he's about a four-year veteran."
Michael Schofield, a 2014 third-round pick, still remains an option for the Broncos at left tackle. For now, it appears Chris Clark will stay at right tackle.
Head coach Gary Kubiak reported that the decision to sit Ware was precautionary. With Ware out and Von Miller away while his contract is negotiated, Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray saw extended reps. Expect both Barrett and Ray to see plenty of time in Ware's stead this season as the veteran is used more as a situational pass rusher to maximize his impact.
The Broncos applied an exclusive rights franchise tag to their Super Bowl MVP in March but Miller has yet to sign the tag. The two sides are expected to hammer out a long-term deal before the season gets underway. Miller has been absent from voluntary team workouts as a result of the contract dispute, but it appears both sides are eager to get the deal done as General Manager John Elway told KDSP-AM, "We want Von to be a Bronco for life too."
The investigation is related to "multiple incidents dating back to 2010" in the state of Texas, according to the person making the accusation against Smith. The case was filed in Colorado in November but was moved to Texas.
Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey confirmed to TMZ that the child abuse division is handling the case against Smith but said that no charges have been filed.
Healey later told the Denver Post that his office has been investigating Smith for several weeks.
"It is true that the county sheriff's office has received a complaint from an individual," he said. "They are, and have been, conducting an investigation. ... My office is working with the investigating agency to review their information and further their investigation. There is nothing imminent."
The Broncos released a statement regarding the matter, reading, "Last night, we became aware for the first time of an allegation involving Antonio Smith. We are now in the process of gathering more information."
Sanchez, who had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his non-throwing hand's thumb earlier this month, participated in seven-on-seven and positional drills along with rookie Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian during OTAs this week. Although those two were also able to go through team drills, something Sanchez was unable to do, Sanchez's previous experience as an NFL starter bodes well for him going into training camp. That's when the Broncos' quarterback competition is expected to heat up, and despite not having started a Week 1 game since 2012, Sanchez's veteran status gives him the early leg up on Lynch and Siemian.
After not dressing for a single game as a rookie, Schofield added weight and he looks forward to fighting for a starting job.
"I am going in there with that mentality. In the NFL everybody is competing," Schofield said during a road trip to see family in Illinois. "They are looking for someone to step up and take over. I want to make that jump."
The third-round draft pick of the Broncos in 2014 struggled with weight issues, but he is now up to 305 pounds. He also recognized that his pass protection needs improvement.
"Personally, I felt there were reasons I wasn't out there (for games). I wasn't consistent enough in pass pro (protection). And my weight was really fluctuating," Schofield said.
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak believes that the team's zone-blocking scheme can help Schofield elevate his game, and Schofield agrees.
"We like the Schofield kid, so we'll see. We think he's got some flexibility (in where he can play)," Kubiak said. "It will be very competitive."
"I feel like I am better suited for this," Schofield said. "You have to be able to reach block, and I feel the steps required fit me better."
Sanders' numbers fell off from 2014 to 2015, a product of a drop in quarterback play and an increased reliance on the running game in Denver. It is telling, however, that it was Sanders - not Demaryius Thomas, who was Denver's go-to target in the playoffs. Picking up on that clutch play in 2016 will likely lead to a big payday for Sanders next offseason. Sanders' ability to remain consistently dangerous whether it is Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler quarterbacking should help toward that goal. Sanders averaged 71 yards per game in Manning's nine starts and 70.8 in seven starts with likely 2016 starter Osweiler. Thomas saw a much greater difference, averaging 90.7 yards per game with Manning, but just 69.7 yards per game with Osweiler.
The Dolphins also released center Sam Brenner and running back LaMichael James, while signing center Jacques McClendon and promoting tight end Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad.
Webster had been designated as doubtful Friday after two limited practices but was ruled out Saturday.
The release of wide receiver Chris Harper opened a roster spot for Watson, who will mainly fill in as linebacker depth for New England. However, it will probably take a few injuries before he gains any Fantasy value in IDP formats.
Fowler has worked out with Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez this offseason, so it was always likely he'd return to Denver this year. With his tender now signed, Fowler will look to build on his totals of 16 receptions (on 24 targets) for 203 yards as a rookie last term.
The Broncos took Booker early on Day 3 despite resigning last year's tandem, C.J. Anderson and Hillman. Of the two, Hillman's short-term future is the most at risk. Anderson's front-loaded contract and strong playoff performance makes him the early favorite to start. Hillman was slated to be the lightning to Anderson's thunder, but Hillman's poor end to the season, he rushed for just 54 yards on 32 playoff carries, makes him vulnerable to a young challenger like Booker.
Meanwhile, the following players were deemed probable: David Bruton (ankle), Quinton Carter (knee), Ryan Clady (groin), Britton Colquitt (illness), Paul Cornick (shoulder), Emmanuel Sanders (concussion), Steven Johnson (ankle) and Juwan Thompson (knee).
Posey was taken in the third round (68th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Texans and racked up only 22 catches for 272 yards and no touchdowns in his three-year run with Houston.
Gotsis tallied 26 tackles for a loss in 32 games at Georgia Tech, his final season cut short by a torn ACL. The second-round pick told reporters that he has only played American football for about six or seven years, starting off with Australian-rules football. The Broncos believe that he has room to grow under Kollar's tutelage and he will be counted on help replace the departed Malik Jackson alongside Jared Crick, Vance Walker and Kenny Anunike.
Green should have plenty of time to recover before training camp starts, but his absence will allow Garrett Graham and Jeff Heuerman to take more reps with the first-team offense. Mostly used a No. 2 blocking tight end throughout his career, the 27-year-old Green finally has a good shot to earn an every-down role. Though unproven as a receiver, he has the necessary physical traits for success, having posted a 4.62 40-yard dash and 42.5-inch vertical at the 2011 combine. Granted, he's added a lot of weight since that time, in keeping with role as a block-first tight end. Green now hopes to find more of a balance as the likely starter on what should be a run-first team.
It's not entirely clear how Booker's remark will fly in the locker room, but starter C.J. Anderson has said that he was unbothered by it. Fantasy owners should like the chip on Booker's shoulder, though. Booker obviously has the skills Denver's front office like in a back, he was supposedly on their first-round shortlist, and a bevy of backs have succeeded in head coach Gary Kubiak's one-cut system. The team's investment in Anderson indicates that it might be hard for Booker to unseat him atop the depth chart in the short term, but the fact of the matter is that he will likel take someone's job this summer - if not Anderson, Ronnie Hillman or Juwan Thompson.
Wolfe's new deal comes after he was suspended for this season's first four games, but came back and enjoyed the best campaign of his four-year career. To that point, Wolfe totaled 49 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 12 games played, emerging as a long-term option at defensive end along the way. With the ink drying on his new contract, Wolfe figures to enter Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers full of confidence.
Drafted as a cornerback out of Ohio State, the Broncos are considering moving Roby to free safety, general manager John Elway said, via The Denver Post.
"He can tackle he's tough and that safety has to be a cover guy there," Elway said. "There are a lot of different combinations you need to play because the game is changing. Instead of having a strong safety, you want both of them to play center field."
Roby had 65 tackles and two interceptions as a rookie in 2014.
Active for 14 contests in his second NFL season, Latimer nonetheless earned 17 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps, which translated to six catches (on 12 targets) for 59 yards and one touchdown. His share of those snaps diminished even more in the team's two playoff tilts to date -- 16 of 142 snaps, or 11 percent -- but he secured all three passes directed his way for 31 yards. Although he's unlikely to make a significant dent in the Super Bowl box score, stranger things have happened in the big game.
Ward did a bit of everything for the Broncos in 2015, playing up near the line, blitzing and shadowing some of the league's top tight ends. How he'll be used in 2016 will, in part, depend on who else the Broncos employ at safety. Starter Darian Stewart and third safety David Bruton are both free agents and capable of playing center field and up in the box. Stewart will almost certainly be on a different team in 2016, while Bruton may stay on only if a starting job in Denver presents itself. Different teammates could tighten Ward's role next season.
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