|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|
|35||Bibbs, Kapri||RB||5-11||203||1/10/1993||2||Colorado State|
|51||Davis, Todd||MLB||6-1||230||5/17/1992||3||Sacramento State|
|55||Day, Dillon||C||6-4||299||10/17/1991||1||Mississippi State|
|68||Dora, Vontarrius||LB||6-4||256||9/7/1992||R||Louisiana Tech|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||2||Michigan State|
|38||Glover, Antonio||DB||6-1||190||3/31/1993||R||Georgia Southern|
|99||Gotsis, Adam||DT||6-4||287||9/23/1992||R||Georgia Tech|
|28||Gray, Cyrus||RB||5-10||206||11/18/1989||4||Texas A&M|
|78||Hanson, Lars||T||6-8||308||9/30/1992||R||Sacramento State|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||2||Ohio State|
|63||Heurtelou, Calvin||DT||6-2||306||4/10/1993||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|23||Hillman, Ronnie||RB||5-10||195||9/14/1991||5||San Diego State|
|84||Krieger Coble, Henry||TE||6-4||248||6/12/1992||R||Iowa|
|58||Miller, Von||OLB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||6||Texas A&M|
|62||Moala, David||DT||6-1||311||12/30/1992||R||Utah State|
|70||Myers, Robert||G||6-5||335||12/26/1991||2||Tennessee State|
|72||Neary, Aaron||G||6-4||301||11/15/1992||R||Eastern Washington|
|11||Norwood, Jordan||WR||5-11||180||9/28/1986||7||Penn State|
|73||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|
|90||Peko, Kyle||NT||6-1||305||7/25/1993||R||Oregon State|
|15||Posey, DeVier||WR||6-1||210||3/15/1990||4||Ohio State|
|19||Raymond, Kalif||WR||5-9||160||8/8/1994||R||Holy Cross|
|29||Roby, Bradley||FS||5-11||194||5/1/1992||3||Ohio State|
|27||Ross, Brandian||DB||6-0||190||9/28/1989||5||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|
|31||Simmons, Justin||FS||6-2||202||11/19/1993||R||Boston College|
|26||Stewart, Darian||FS||5-11||214||8/4/1988||7||South Carolina|
|59||Sulleyman, Sadat||LB||6-0||254||10/25/1992||R||Portland State|
|88||Thomas, Demaryius||WR||6-3||229||12/25/1987||7||Georgia Tech|
|45||Tidwell, John||DB||6-0||191||3/25/1993||R||Sioux Falls|
|96||Walker, Vance||DE||6-2||305||4/26/1987||8||Georgia Tech|
|57||Watson, Dekoda||LB||6-2||240||3/3/1988||7||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|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Talib was expected to be ready for the start of training camp, but the leg he injured a shooting incident in June appears to still be impacting him. It doesn't appear that the injury is too serious and Talib isn't expected to miss any time once the regular season rolls around.
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).
Siemian will likely replace Sanchez as the first-team QB on Friday, with head coach Gary Kubiak saying he'll switch things up on a day-to-day basis. Meanwhile, rookie Paxton Lynch is technically part of the competition, but he isn't expected to get any first-team reps during the early part of camp.
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.
Lynch's comments came shortly after a report claiming that Denver's front office would like to see Lynch take over at some point this season. Many assumed during the draft process that Lynch would require a redshirt year before taking the reins of an NFL offense given his lack of experience making reads. Denver's offense, predicated on the running game and boot-action passes - which can limit reads to half the field - can certainly mask some of that inexperience, however. Mark Sanchez should still be the leader in the clubhouse, but it seems as though both the team and Lynch are looking toward being aggressive with his development.
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 shuttled between the practice squad and active roster with both the Jaguars and Broncos in his first two seasons, seeing action in just six total games between 2012 and 2013. However, he took advantage of an injury to Danny Trevathan at the outset of the 2014 campaign and has been a regular at inside linebacker for the Broncos in the meantime. In addition to back-to-back 100-tackle seasons, Marshall has tacked on 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions in 30 regular season games, while playing a key role in Denver's run to the Super Bowl 50 title.
The Denver depth chart at receiver is wide open behind the two starters, with competitors including Jordan Norwood, Bennie Fowler, DeVier Posey and 2014 second-rounder Cody Latimer. A 2015 UDFA, Taylor spent much of last year on the Broncos' practice squad, after recording three straight seasons with 800+receiving yards at Rice University. Listed at 6-5, 210 pounds, Taylor presumably won't be a candidate for slot work, which significantly hurts his chances to earn a key role. However, he did receive praise from former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who suggested that Taylor could be a useful piece in the offense for 2016 and beyond.
Anunike was active for just three games in 2015 before landing on IR with a nagging knee injury he originally had surgery for in August of 2015. Last month he said he expected to be ready for training camp, so his placement on the PUP list either means he suffered a setback in his recovery, or Denver is simply exercising caution with their up-and-coming defensive end. When cleared to play, Anunike will compete with Darius Kilgo, Jared Crick, Phil Walker and Vance Walker for depth positions along the defensive line.
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.
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.
Head coach Gary Kubiak's preference for running an offense predicated on the rushing attack has never been in doubt since his first stint in Mile High. Given the Broncos' question marks in the quarterback room, which features the ho-hum Mark Sanchez and two youngsters who have yet to attempt an NFL pass, leaning on the running game and defense seems to be a sound strategy. The question is not if Denver will run, it's who will run. Arian Foster ranked among the top six in the league in attempts three straight years under Kubiak in Houston and Anderson might see himself filling a similar role. Though Anderson might be thinner in the midsection and thicker in the wallet than in years past - he has yet to put together a complete season. Until he does, both last year's leading rusher Ronnie Hillman and fourth-round pick Devontae Booker pose threats to Anderson's bounty.
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.
Kreiter, 24, was cut by the team last August. He has yet to see the field in the NFL.
“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.
Even after he is cleared, Ware may wait a few weeks before he starts working out with the team. Given that he's about to turn 34 and is coming off an injury-plagued season, the cautious approach comes as no surprise. Speaking earlier this summer, Broncos GM John Elway admitted that Ware's lingering back injury is a concern. 2015 first-round selection Shane Ray could take on a larger role if Ware is absent/limited during the regular season.
Miller's extension makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. After earning Super Bowl MVP honors while leading the Broncos to their third championship, Miller was rightfully Denver's biggest offseason priority. Although negotiations came down to the wire of Friday's deadline for franchise tagged players to reach a long-term deal, Miller is now locked down for the foreseeable future, ensuring the Broncos' defense remains one of the league's elite heading into the 2016 campaign.
While Denver's QB competition will reportedly be "wide open", the 29-year-old Sanchez should have an early edge over second-year pro Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch. All three signal-callers are expected to get work with the first-team offense during training camp, but that won't necessarily be the case in the preseason.
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 remains hopefully of signing an extension with the Broncos, but since the team needs to agree to a long-term deal with Von Miller by this Friday, Sanders' negotiations have understandably been put on the back burner. That being said, Sanders' remarkable totals of 117 catches, 2,539 yards and 15 touchdowns since joining Denver in 2014 certainly make him someone the Broncos would also like to keep around beyond this season, which is his final year under his current contract. Now 29 years old, Sanders has elevated his game over the past couple seasons, and has reportedly added 10 pounds of muscle this offseason to improve further.
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.
Booker was taken during the fourth round this year, and despite coming off a February meniscus surgery, he's impressed with his hands during the Broncos' offseason program. Although C.J. Anderson projects as Denver's starting running back right now, Booker could push Ronnie Hillman for the backup job, which would feature third-down snaps and increase Booker's potential in PPR leagues.
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.
A 2014 second-round selection (56th overall), Latimer has just eight catches for 82 yards in 22 career appearances, having mostly lingered toward the bottom of Denver's depth chart. He was unable to beat out a washed-up Wes Welker as a rookie, and then found himself behind the likes of Jordan Norwood, Bennie Fowler and Andre Caldwell last season. Caldwell is now with the Lions, but Norwood and Fowler are still around, as are 2015 UDFA Jordan Taylor and former Texan DeVier Posey. Given their considerable draft investment, the Broncos presumably hope Latimer will emerge from the group and seize the No. 3 job for his own.
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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