|Offense||27th||92.8 (27th)||230.3 (21st)|
|Defense||4th||130.3 (28th)||185.8 (1st)|
|48||Barrett, Shaquil||OLB||6-2||250||11/17/1992||4||Colorado State|
|35||Bibbs, Kapri||RB||5-11||203||1/10/1993||3||Colorado State|
|15||Brown, Marlon (FA)||WR||6-5||214||4/22/1991||5||Georgia|
|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|
|68||Dora, Vontarrius||LB||6-3||256||9/7/1992||1||Louisiana Tech|
|Edebali, Kasim||LB||6-2||253||8/17/1989||4||Boston College|
|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|
|Gafford, Thomas (FA)||LS||6-2||244||1/29/1983||10||Houston|
|99||Gotsis, Adam||DT||6-4||287||9/23/1992||2||Georgia Tech|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||3||Ohio State|
|Iosia, Iosia||DE||6-7||297||12/28/1991||1||West Texas A&M|
|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|
|73||Okung, Russell (FA)||T||6-5||310||10/7/1987||7||Oklahoma State|
|Overbaugh, Jeff||LS||6-2||236||11/24/1993||R||San Diego State|
|61||Paradis, Matt||C||6-3||300||10/12/1989||3||Boise State|
|90||Peko, Kyle||NT||6-1||305||7/23/1993||1||Oregon State|
|Peko, Domata||DT||6-3||325||11/27/1984||12||Michigan State|
|Raciti, Travis||DE||6-4||292||5/21/1992||1||San Jose State|
|19||Raymond, Kalif||WR||5-9||160||8/8/1994||1||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|
|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|
|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|
|70||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|
|94||Ware, DeMarcus (FA)||OLB||6-4||258||7/31/1982||13||Troy|
|Watson, Menelik||T||6-5||315||12/22/1988||5||Florida State|
|36||Webster, Kayvon (FA)||CB||5-11||198||2/1/1991||4||South Florida|
|97||Winn, Billy (FA)||DE||6-4||300||4/15/1989||5||Boise State|
|Harris, Shelby||DE||6-2||290||8/11/1991||2||Illinois State|
|Lang, Cedrick||TE||6-9||255||5/12/1992||R||Texas-El Paso|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon State, hasn't seen any game action this season as he had previously resided on the Broncos' practice squad up to this point. Barring an injury to Sylvester Williams, he's unlikely to receive much playing time in the season finale next Sunday versus the Raiders.
Walker was carted off the field during Monday's practice, and an MRI confirmed the worst case scenario. The veteran defensive lineman was projected to backup Derek Wolfe on the left side of the line this season. Calvin Heurtelou now figures to slide into that role.
Richardson spent 15 games with the Saints in 2015, recording 40 tackles, 0.5 sacks, one interception, and a pass deflection. He'll now look to compete for a spot on the Broncos 53-man roster this offseason.
Thomas' production across the board represented his lowest totals since the 2011 season. It is no coincidence that the four years of elite-level production in between were with Peyton Manning at the helm. Though Thomas still found his way into the Pro Bowl, he lacked consistent play with only two games of 100 yards or more and no touchdowns after the Broncos' Week 11 bye. New head coach Vance Joseph has promised a more up-tempo, aggressive offense in 2017, but without strides from last year's starter Trevor Siemian or 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch, there might not be enough quality passes to go around to sustain both Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who often looked like the No. 1 man in Mile High.
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.
Siemian earned Denver's starting quarterback job last season despite the team drafting Lynch in the first round last year. Although Siemian generally performed admirably, Lynch's long-term potential leaves him looking at another competition for snaps this spring. While that's hardly anything new for the Northwestern alumnus, Elway's comments seem to suggest the Broncos may no longer be interested in acquiring Tony Romo. In that scenario, Siemian would only need to beat out Lynch again to start, which is far more likely than him potentially keeping his place over Romo.
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 was a depth lineman in the Dolphins' offensive scheme so his absence shouldn't effect the team too heavily.
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.
This will represent the start of Nixon's second stint with the Broncos this season as he'd previously spent time on the active roster in November when starting corner Aqib Talib was out with a back issue. This time, Nixon's signing presumably comes as a corresponding move to CB Kayvon Webster's (concussion) placement on injured reserve.
Brooks was added to the Broncos' practice squad in mid-December and will now spend the offseason with the team in hopes of holding down a spot on the 53-man roster come September. He was selected by the Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft but was released just before regular season began.
Davis, an undrafted free agent, became a starting linebacker last season, recording 97 tackles, three pass deflections, and 0.5 sacks in 16 games. His new contract is worth $2.75 million, a significant raise from what he made last season. At the combine last week, Head Coach Vance Joseph said of Davis, "Todd Davis is a physical player; he's a physical, downfield, middle linebacker. He fits the mold of what we want."
Lynch's rookie season was spent vying for reps behind Siemian, so his continued competition there is nothing new, but Elway's comments seem to suggest the Broncos may no longer be interested in acquiring Tony Romo. In that scenario, Lynch would seemingly have a much better chance of earning Denver's starting job this season, since dethroning Siemian is far more realistic than Lynch potentially playing over Romo. Whether Elway sticks with Siemian and Lynch as his top options this offseason remains to be seen, but his most recent comments appear favorable for the Broncos' current signal-callers.
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 will be missing his second consecutive game due to a concussion. With Virgil Green (concussion) also in danger of sitting Sunday, Jeff Heuerman could be Denver's top option at tight end.
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 joins fellow key defenders T.J. Ward and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe on the inactive list in Sunday's season finale. The linebacker finishes the 2016 campaign with 52 tackles in 11 games.
The former undrafted free agent got his first taste of playing time in 2016 and was easily the Broncos' most intriguing wide receiver not named Emmanuel Sanders or Demaryius Thomas. Taylor's 6-foot-5 frame makes him an obvious threat in the red zone, but the Rice product also exhibited excellent body control and some impressive agility in the open field during his limited snaps. Look for him to take another step in 2017 in a Denver offense starving for receiving depth.
Bibbs enters the 2017 offseason as an exclusive rights free agent, but it'd be a surprise if Denver didn't bring him back. The former undrafted free agent out of Colorado State got his first taste of extended action in 2016, flashing big-play ability down the stretch - including a 69-yard touchdown off of a screen in Week 9 against Oakland. That big-play ability had him on the precipice of taking the starting job from 2016 fourth-round pick Devontae Booker had Bibbs not suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Expect Bibbs and Booker to duke it out during training camp for the right to be C.J. Anderson's primary backup in 2017.
In desperate need of a left tackle, the Chargers jumped head first into the first day of free agency, locking down one of the best available tackles in Okung with a four-year deal. While the amount of guaranteed money is still unknown, the move conceivably means current LT King Dunlap will be released in the following days, saving the Chargers some much-needed cap space.
Leary's deal includes $20 million in guaranteed money. The fifth-year guard will take home a big paycheck after playing 13 games on the notoriously dominant Cowboy's offensive line in 2016.
Paradis had surgery on his right hip only a month ago, but even with this most recent left hip procedure he is expected to be fully recovered by the time the 2017 regular season commences. According to Jhabvala, Paradis is the only Broncos player that has played every snap in each of the last two seasons despite persistent pain in his hips, so the surgeries will likely help him stay durable as time goes on.
Much has already been made of Denver's decision to move away from Gary Kubiak's zone blocking scheme this season and new head coach Vance Joseph's confirmation that the team will mix gap and zone schemes. The real issue last season was mediocre talent along the offensive line, with Denver's front ranking as the sixth worst in the NFL in terms of yards before contact, according to Pro Football Focus. Leary, who played left guard in Dallas, should join center Matt Paradis and guard Max Garcia, PFF's highest-ranked Broncos linemen in 2016, to form a quality interior line. Expect Watson, whose athleticism earned him a 2013 second-round selection, to be a part of the open competition at both left and right tackle, provided his injury woes don't follow him from Oakland. With further upgrades likely coming in the draft, Denver's line should give Anderson more room to work with in 2017.
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.
Heuerman saw career highs in snaps, catches and targets with A.J. Derby and Virgil Green out on Sunday. Should either of them return to the lineup in Week 17, Heuerman is likely to take a small step back, but don't be surprised if his role remains prominent as the game will be all about evaluating young talent and injuries have limited the 2015 third-round pick's usage in his first two seasons.
McManus will spend at least another season in Denver, this time making $2.75 million, a significant raise for the kicker compared to last season. In 16 games last year, McManus converted 29 of 34 field-goal attempts and 32 of 33 extra-point attempts.
Kreiter served as the Broncos' long snapper for most of the season before injuring his calf in Week 10 against the Saints. Veteran Thomas Gafford will take over for the remainder of the campaign.
Forsett played for the Broncos, Lions and Ravens last season, bouncing around the league as a veteran running back capable of providing depth for teams in need. After joining Denver in December, Forsett went on to start three of the four games he played for the Broncos, finishing with 155 yards and a touchdown on 43 rushing attempts. However, at 31 years old and without a contract for next season, it remains to be seen whether Forsett will try to find a landing spot ahead of the 2017 campaign or decide to call time on his career after nine seasons.
Dora was signed to the active roster from the practice squad on Friday. He likely won't see time on the field unless the team faces injuries and is forced to suit him up in the next few weeks.
“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.
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 undrafted-rookie was looking to secure one of the Broncos final receiver spots but he appears to have been the seventh or eighth option for the team. He'll be a candidate for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Sambrailo is set to start at right tackle.
Ware hangs up his cleats as the league's eighth all-time leader in sacks (138.5). The 34-year-old spent his final three seasons in Denver, where he won last year's Super Bowl, but he'll be most remembered for the wildly successful start to his career in Dallas. The 11th overall pick out of Troy in 2005, Ware registered at least 11 sacks in seven of his nine seasons with the Cowboys, including a whopping 20 in 2008, when he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year. Overall, Ware was selected to nine Pro Bowls across his 12-year career, which is likely to be capped off by him being inducted into the Hall of Fame before long.
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.
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 was forced into exit early from Denver's season finale due a foot injury, but that only came after he put together a third straight 1,000-yard season since joining the Broncos. Despite dealing with the respective growing pains of quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, Sanders' 79 catches and 139 targets both marked the second-most over his seven-year career. Coming off a three-year, $33 million extension signed in September, the veteran has also now scored at least five touchdowns in four consecutive campaigns. With former Chargers coach Mike McCoy slated to become the Broncos offensive coordinator, Sanders could benefit from an attacking scheme build around the team's playmakers, The Denver Post reports, particularly if the team's quarterback play improves in 2017.
Brenner spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering a head injury last July. He said he's feeling well and has been training as intensely as he normally does in the offseason, but it looks as if he is keeping an open mind to the possibility of ending his career in the name of mental health.
"He was having a great camp for us and really playing well," Raiders coach Jack del Rio said.
Watson will be replaced by sixth-year veteran Austin Howard, who started at guard for Oakland last season.
Anderson went down on punt coverage and was taken off the field strapped down on a backboard. It isn't clear if he sustained a serious injury.
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.
Webster spent his first four seasons in Denver, but he was stuck behind Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby over the past two years, resulting in just 19 total tackles. With Los Angeles, he'll likely compete for a starting spot against E.J. Gaines heading into the new season.
After ending the 2015 season by being on the receiving end of Peyton Manning's last pass, a successful two-point conversion in Super Bowl 50, Fowler was unable to take his game to the next level in 2016. A fractured elbow that hampered him early on and inexperience at quarterback certainly didn't help matters as a No. 3 receiver failed to emerge behind Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Fowler enters 2017 as an exclusive rights free agent, but it would be a surprise for Denver not to bring him back as a low-cost option. The toughness he has exhibited over the middle should make him a potential viable option in the slot. Then again, that's what many said after the 2015 season.
Janovich sustained a season-ending ankle injury in Sunday's game against the Chiefs that required surgery Wednesday. Kubiak said RB/FB Juwan Thompson will be the next man up.
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 appears fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered in his final season at Georgia Tech. He seems to be in line for a role as rotational defensive lineman with Denver in his rookie season. He did miss an opportunity to deflect a pass against the Rams, but he made up for it by consistently badgering the quarterback, setting up a sack by forcing quarterback Sean Mannion into the path of linebacker Sadat Sulleyman.
With A.J. Derby ruled out this week, Jeff Heuerman and Green are in line to head the team's TE corps Sunday, though neither are high-percentage fantasy play in Week 17.
Leary comes to Denver from Dallas, where he helped form one of the league's top offensive line units, and he's likely to play opposite Max Garcia at one of Denver's guard spots. With a revolving door -- in terms of both personnel shuffling and vulnerability to pass rushers -- at tackle in recent years, and last year's starting left tackle Russell Okung off to Los Angeles, Watson provides Denver with the necessary athleticism to compete for either spot. The additions signal a commitment to fixing what was Pro Football Focus' sixth-lowest-ranked offensive line in affording its running backs yards before contact in 2016. Provided Denver continues to address the line in the upcoming draft as expected, Booker figures to have more running room at his disposal during his sophomore campaign.
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.
Roby stepped in front of a shallow cross in the third quarter and returned it 51 yards to put the Broncos up by two scores. Much is made of the Broncos' top two corners - Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., but Roby has more than held his own this season. He leads the team with 102 interception return yards.
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.
Edebali hasn't missed a game since coming into the league three years ago and racked up 54 tackles, eight sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble along the way. He projects as a rotational player for the Broncos and potential asset on special teams.
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.
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.