|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||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|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||2||Michigan State|
|Gordon, Richard||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|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||2||Ohio State|
|23||Hillman, Ronnie||RB||5-10||195||9/14/1991||5||San Diego State|
|Johnson, Will||P||6-2||206||3/5/1993||R||Texas State|
|58||Miller, Von||OLB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||6||Texas A&M|
|Murphy, Ryan||DB||6-0||214||10/14/1992||1||Oregon State|
|70||Myers, Robert||G||6-5||326||12/26/1991||1||Tennessee State|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|88||Thomas, Demaryius||WR||6-3||229||12/25/1987||7||Georgia Tech|
|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|
|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|
Picks that have signed are:
Fourth-round guard Terry Poole, fourth-round guard Mark Glowinski, sixth-round defensive end Obum Gwacham, fifth-round cornerback Tye Smith, sixth-round center Kristjan Sokoli and seventh-round safety Ryan Murphy.
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.
Williams knows the territory. He started 13 of 16 games a year ago. He finished with 17 tackles and four assists.
"It's exciting because going into the offseason for the first time I'm pretty much a sure starter," he told 9News. "My coaches have shown a lot of confidence in me and given me the opportunities that I need, so it's up to me to take advantage of those opportunities."
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips certainly isn't complaining.
"I think 'Sly' has done an exceptional job," he said. "I feel real good about him. ... I think he's really taken over the nose guard position."
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 word on Lynch throughout the draft process has been that he is talented, but raw. Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters after the first round, however, that Lynch clearly displayed all that Denver would ask him to do in their offense in his Memphis tape. Lynch often rolled out in Memphis' offense and had either a pre-determined read or read a defender for an either-or option - so there is a learning curve - but Kubiak's wide-zone/boot-action focused offense could simplify Lynch's reads and allow his athletic skills to take over. A team that will be dependent on defense and the running game like Denver has little incentive to rush Lynch, but don't be surprised if he is waiting in the wings if Sanchez falters.
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.
This should prove to be a nice pick by Denver. Simmons was one of the top players on a strong Boston College defense, and he intercepted five passes on a 2015 pass defense that allowed just nine passing touchdowns in 12 games. At 6-foot-2, 202 pounds, Simmons has standout athleticism for the position, as he posted a 40-inch vertical, 126-inch broad jump, 3.85-second 20-yard shuttle and 6.58-second three-cone drill.
A restricted free agent, Marshall is expected to generate interest on the market, which officially opens Wednesday. However, the Broncos have protected themselves in the event that a prospective offer is too rich for their blood. The 26-year-old inside linebacker is coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons, a span in which he also added 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions.
Caldwell's sideline catch came on the Broncos' opening drive and helped set up a field goal lead that they never relinquished. Caldwell caught just 10 passes in 14 games in 2015, but recorded a reception in each of Denver's three playoff matchups. They may be his last as a Bronco. With Cody Latimer already on the books for 2016 and younger options to retain in free agency including Bennie Fowler and Jordan Norwood, Caldwell may be the odd man out.
There are a few things working in Bibbs' favor at the moment. With Ronnie Hillman still in the free-agency pool, Bibbs and Juwan Thompson climb up the depth chart behind C.J. Anderson. The offensive line has also been bolstered at the edges with Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson and the Broncos are likely to lean on the run with so many questions at quarterback. The offseason is far from over, however. Reuniting with Hillman has not been ruled out and the draft is still to come. It might be worth waiting another few weeks before defining Bibbs' potential role.
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.
Widely viewed as one of the three or four best running backs in his class, the 23-year-old Booker fell to Denver in the fourth round, perhaps because of concerns regarding his knee and age. Now three months removed from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, Booker should be ready for the start of training camp, where he'll likely kick things off as the third or fourth running back on the depth chart. The rookie should at least have a shot to compete for a role, but Anderson remains the clear favorite for lead-back duties, having signed a four-year, $18 million contract this offseason. Ronnie Hillman should also be in the mix for touches, as the Broncos may need to lean heavily on their running game.
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.
Ware will go from a $7 million salary and a $3 million roster bonus due Sunday to a $2 million base with the chance to make up to $10 million through incentives, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The 33-year-old is expected to be used as a situational pass rusher next season, which didn't provide enough value to justify the largest cap hit on the defense.
The Broncos applied their exclusive franchise tag to Miller, which is worth a little more than $14 million fully guaranteed, but he has yet to sign his contract tender to date. It's now expected that the star outside linebacker will remain absent until he is able to come to terms on a long-term deal with the Broncos, an outcome that Miller's representatives and the team are working toward.
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."
The Sanchize has just one year left on his contract, and the Broncos drafting a first-round quarterback might impact Sanchez less than the addition of a player like Brian Hoyer. Head coach Gary Kubiak was very complimentary of rookie Paxton Lynch's skillset and ability to adjust to Denver's offense quickly, but expect Sanchez to hold onto the starting job so long as he plays within himself and leans heavily on the team's running game and defense. Remember, Sanchez and the departed Brock Osweiler have posted identical 86.6 passer ratings since the beginning of 2014.
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.
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.
Now that Hillman is back in the fold, he'll work in a complementary role behind C.J. Anderson, whose four-year, $18-million offer sheet (from Miami) the Broncos elected to match. Also currently on the team's RB depth chart are Juwan Thompson, Kapri Bibbs and Cyrus Gray. In 12 games with Denver last season, Hillman logged 207 carries for 863 yards and seven TDs, while adding 24 catches for 111 yards in that span.
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.
Even at the end of the second round, this pick stands out as a reach. Gotsis was a good enough player for Georgia Tech, but he doesn't have much pass-rushing potential, and the Yellow Jackets run defense was awful over the last few years.
Following a three-catch performance in Week 8, Green has been targeted just once in each of the past three contests. In Brock Osweiler's first game under center, head coach Gary Kubiak implemented his multi-tight end scheme to full effect, with 12 of 27 passes directed at tight ends. Eleven of those targets, however, went to Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis. Green saw the field just 26 times as compared to Daniels, 59, and Davis, 50, and is unlikely to benefit much from Denver's adjusted offense.
Concerns over Booker's recovery from a torn meniscus likely played a role in his falling this far, but he's an excellent pick here for Denver. C.J. Anderson is obviously the top runner for the Broncos, but Anderson was a far, far lesser prospect coming out of college, so a timeshare between the two shouldn't be ruled out further down the road. At 5-foot-11, 219 pounds with excellent hands, fast feet and a strong leg drive, Booker has all the tools to stand out as a three-down runner in the NFL, assuming his knee checks out fine going forward.
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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