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Denver Broncos

Stadium: Sports Authority Field | Coach: Gary Kubiak
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense30th57.0 (29th)233.7 (18th)
Defense1st82.7 (6th)176.3 (1st)
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22Anderson, C.J. RB5-82242/10/19913California
91Anunike, Kenny DE6-52755/22/19902Duke
48Barrett, Shaquil LB6-225011/17/19922Colorado State
31Bolden, Omar SS5-1019512/20/19884Arizona State
46Brewer, Aaron LS6-52307/5/19904San Diego State
30Bruton, David SS6-22177/23/19877Notre Dame
12Caldwell, Andre WR6-02004/15/19858Florida
80Casey, James TE6-32409/22/19847Rice
4Colquitt, Britton P6-32053/20/19857Tennessee
81Daniels, Owen TE6-324511/9/198210Wisconsin
51Davis, Todd OLB6-12305/17/19922Sacramento State
37Doss, Lorenzo CB5-111874/22/1994RTulane
53Ferentz, James C6-22856/5/19891Iowa
16Fowler, Bennie WR6-12126/10/19911Michigan State
73Garcia, Max C6-430911/9/1991RFlorida
85Green, Virgil TE6-52558/3/19885Nevada
68Harris, Ryan T6-53023/11/19858Notre Dame
25Harris, Chris CB5-101996/18/19894Kansas
84Henry, Mitchell TE6-425212/11/1992RWestern Kentucky
23Hillman, Ronnie RB5-101959/14/19914San Diego State
97Jackson, Malik DE6-52931/11/19904Tennessee
98Kilgo, Darius NT6-331912/14/1991RMaryland
14Latimer, Cody WR6-221510/10/19922Indiana
18Manning, Peyton QB6-52303/24/197618Tennessee
54Marshall, Brandon ILB6-12509/10/19894Nevada
69Mathis, Evan G6-530111/1/198111Alabama
55McCray, Lerentee OLB6-32498/26/19903Florida
8McManus, Brandon K6-32017/25/19912Temple
58Miller, Von OLB6-32503/26/19895Texas A&M
52Nelson, Corey OLB6-12264/22/19922Oklahoma
11Norwood, Jordan WR5-111809/28/19866Penn State
17Osweiler, Brock QB6-824011/22/19904Arizona State
61Paradis, Matt C6-330010/12/19891Boise State
 Polumbus, Tyler T6-83084/10/19858Colorado
56Ray, Shane LB6-32455/18/1993RMissouri
29Roby, Bradley CB5-111945/1/19922Ohio State
74Sambrailo, Ty T6-53153/10/1992RColorado State
10Sanders, Emmanuel WR5-111803/17/19876Southern Methodist
79Schofield, Michael T6-630111/15/19902Michigan
13Siemian, Trevor QB6-322012/26/1991RNorthwestern
64Smith, Shelley G6-43105/21/19876Colorado State
90Smith, Antonio DE6-329010/21/198112Oklahoma State
26Stewart, Darian FS5-112148/4/19886South Carolina
21Talib, Aqib CB6-12052/13/19868Kansas
88Thomas, Demaryius WR6-322912/25/19876Georgia Tech
40Thompson, Juwan RB5-112255/13/19922Duke
59Trevathan, Danny ILB6-12403/24/19904Kentucky
65Vasquez, Louis G6-53354/11/19877Texas Tech
96Walker, Vance DE6-23054/26/19877Georgia Tech
43Ward, T.J. SS5-1020012/12/19866Oregon
94Ware, DeMarcus OLB6-42587/31/198211Troy
36Webster, Kayvon CB5-111982/1/19913South Florida
92Williams, Sylvester NT6-231311/21/19883North Carolina
Injured Players
76Austin, Marvin (IR) DT6-23121/10/19895North Carolina
78Clady, Ryan (IR) T6-63159/6/19868Boise State
82Heuerman, Jeff (IR) TE6-525511/24/1992ROhio State
15Williams, Kyle (IR) WR5-101867/19/19885Arizona State
Practice Squad
47Anderson, Zaire LB5-112208/18/1992RNebraska
35Bibbs, Kapri RB5-112031/10/19932Colorado State
 Coleman, Deandre DT6-33241/27/19911California
62Day, Dillon C6-429910/17/1991RMississippi State
 Johnson, Antonio T6-63076/22/1992RNorth Texas
 Lynch, Arthur TE6-52526/17/19901Georgia
39Nixon, Taurean DB5-101872/7/1991RTulane
66Roberts, Kyle T6-63052/9/1992RNevada
87Taylor, Jordan WR6-52102/18/1992RRice
 Uko, George DT6-32842/11/19921USC
Suspended Players
95Wolfe, Derek DE6-52852/24/19904Cincinnati
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Aqib Talib
The Dallas Police Department suspended its investigation of an alleged altercation involving Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib on Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News

The alleged incident occured in the early hours of April 8 at LUXX Nightclub. Police were notified there was an "active shooter" on site at the club and arrived to learn three men were involved in an altercation that resulted with a round of bullets being fired into the air. 

Talib's older brother Yaqub was reportedly involved.

Authorities later questioned Aqib and Yaqub Talib after finding them at a nearby strip club. 

Though the Talib brothers were never named by police, multiple Dallas media outlets reported they were under investigation.

However, based on the lack of evidence available after interviewing witnesses, the police department released a statement saying the investigation has been "suspended pending further leads."

Darian Stewart
Adapting to the playing conditions in Denver is proven to be difficult. Newly-signed safety Darian Stewart isn't concerned by that one bit, according to ESPN.com.

Broncos strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson warns all the new arrivals that is that athletic life a mile above sea level is very different and much drier than other locations. 

Stewart got the picture.

“You dehydrate pretty quickly, so you definitely have to stay hydrated," Stewart said. “Being up here and getting acclimated to the weather has been good. It’s going to help me when we go down south to wherever we have to play at."

Regardless of the new conditions, Stewart, who started 14 games last season for the Ravens, believes he will be the top guy at his position when the season rolls around.

“It’s my position, it’s my position to lose," Stewart said. "When I line up, I feel like at this level you’ve got to have confidence. When I signed here, I knew it was my job … I’m feeling well. Last year I was feeling well and it’s all about just staying consistent.’’

Stewart recorded 53 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in 16 games last season.

Antonio Johnson
The Saints have formally declared that outside linebacker Davis Tull, running back Marcus Murphy and offensive lineman Antonio Johnson have non-football injuries as the team gears up for training camp. All three rookies, however, remain on the active roster.

Tull missed all of the OTAs and minicamp following labrum surgery in March. Players with pre-draft injuries are eligible to be placed on the non-football injury list. But it remains unclear what physical problems befell Murphy and Johnson, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Ryan Harris
The Broncos have agreed to terms on a contract with offensive tackle Ryan Harris, according to a report from ESPN. 

This move is a necessity now that left tackle Ryan Clady is likely lost for the season due to a torn ACL that he sustained in practice on Wednesday.

This move brings Harris back to the organization he started his NFL career with as he played with the Broncos, which drafted him in the third round, from 2007-2010. 

Harris was with the Chiefs a year ago and started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in. 

Vance Walker
Defensive tackle Vance Walker has signed a two-year contract worth $5 million with the Broncos, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Walker has played for the Falcons, Raiders and Chiefs. The 27-year-old has registered 138 total tackles and 10.0 sacks during his seven years in the NFL. 

Elbow - Probable for Week 4 vs. Minnesota
Demaryius Thomas
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas caught nine passes for 92 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 13 targets in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Lions.

Thomas made a couple of spectacular plays, including a 45-yard touchdown, but he also had a couple of ugly drops.

It was a nice microcosm of what he offers throughout the course of the season, and the Broncos aren't complaining. The only cause for concern is that he's been dependent on sky-high volume (38 targets), with the Denver passing game less efficient than in past years.

If the team ever adds a running game to its excellent defense, Thomas might have to settle for 9-10 targets per game instead of 12-13.

Corey Nelson
The Broncos have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's game against the 49ers: running back Montee Ball (groin), wide receiver Cody Latimer, cornerback Tony Carter, linebacker Shaquil Barrett, guard Ben Garland, tackle Michael Schofield and defensive tackle Mitch Unrein.

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).

George Uko
Several injured Buccaneers have been placed on the inactive list for the Sunday game against New Orleans, including linebacker Mason Foster (Achilles). Also hurt and out are running back Robert Herron (hip), wide receiver Solomon Patton (foot) and cornerback Isaiah Frey (ankle).

Their healthy scratches are tackle Anthony Collins, running back Mike James and defensive end George Uko.

Max Garcia
No Updates
Trevor Siemian
The Broncos have announced the signing of four of their 2015 draft picks, including all three seventh-round compensatory selections.

Those include quarterback Trevor Siemian, cornerback Taurean Nixon and safety Josh Furman.

The other signed player is fourth-round offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo.

Jordan Norwood
Broncos wide receiver Jordan Norwood (knee) and Jamar Chaney (hamstring) were placed on the injured reserved list Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Sylvester Williams
The starting nose tackle position is open for the Broncos. But Sylvester Williams has apparently taken the lead in that battle.

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."

Kyle Roberts
No Updates
Shelley Smith
The Broncos have reportedly agreed to terms with offensive guard Shelley Smith, according to the Denver Post. The team later confirmed the report. Smith was cut by the Dolphins last week after just one season. The deal with the Broncos is reportedly for two years and worth $5.65 million, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The five-year veteran has only played in three seasons due to injury and only started three of 11 games in 2014 for Miami. He also visited with the Seahawks before talking with Denver.

Marvin Austin
The Broncos placed defensive tackle Marvin Austin on injured reserve Thursday. He has missed nearly all of training camp due to a groin injury.
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Taurean Nixon
The Broncos have announced the signing of four of their 2015 draft picks, including all three seventh-round compensatory selections.

Those include quarterback Trevor Siemian, cornerback Taurean Nixon and safety Josh Furman.

The other signed player is fourth-round offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo.

Todd Davis
Only two injured Broncos have been ruled out for the game Sunday against St. Louis. They are running back Ronnie Hillman (foot) and tight end Virgil Green (knee), who had been deemed doubtful.

The healthy scratches are wide receiver Cody Latimer, cornerback Tony Carter, running back Kapri Bibbs, linebacker Todd Davis and offensive tackle Michael Schofield.

Ankle - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Minnesota
Deandre Coleman
The Dolphins listed the following players as inactive for Sunday’s game against the Jets: Rishard Matthews, Walt Aikens, Dallas Thomas, Matt Hazel, LaMichael James, Deandre Coleman and Sam Brenner.
Danny Trevathan
After Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan separated his kneecap last December, the injury required a new kneecap, which Trevathan said was difficult to adjust to, reports the team's official website.

"I got somebody else's kneecap," Trevathan said. "It was difficult because it was a bigger knee… I love the scar, though."

Trevathan has not been able to participate in the team drills during offseason workouts, but he is expected to increase his workload in August.

"I'm moving. I'm shuffling. I'm doing our drills. I'm doing everything right now; I'm just limited on contact," he said. "I'm feeling good right now, I'm not going to lie. But I want to feel great before I go out there again. I think I owe this team and I owe this city."

Shane Ray
Broncos defensive end Shane Ray isn't shy about proclaiming what would make his first year in the NFL a success, saying that he doesn't see "anything less than Defensive Rookie of the Year" in his future, per NFL.com. 

Ray, the 23rd pick out of Missouri, has battled foot and toe injuries during OTAs and minicamp, but was confident in his abilities to make a difference on Denver's defense. 

"A lot of people might say that sounds cocky for you to say it right now, but I've always set high goals for myself, just like I did in college and that is something that I'm looking to prove, that I'm the best defensive rookie here," he said at the league's rookie symposium. 

Brandon Marshall
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is still nursing a foot injury, but he said Wednesday he'll be able to participate in training camp, reports the team's official website.

"I'll be back in training camp. That's what the word is," Marshall said. "I should be able to do some drills at the start of training camp. I'm not sure about everything else."

Marshall suffered a mid-foot sprain last season, which required two screws inserted into his foot during the offseason.

"I haven't really done a whole lot on it," Marshall said. "I do a lot more in the training room. My surgeon told me it will probably bother me a little bit throughout the whole year -- nothing to keep me out."

Andre Caldwell
As expected, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas skipped QB Peyton Manning's offseason passing workout at Duke University last week.

Thomas was tagged by the team, keeping him off the free agent market, and he's in the process of negotiating a long-term contract with the Broncos. He intends to work out on his own until the deal is done. 

Manning spent the week throwing to Broncos pass catchers Owen Daniels, Andre Caldwell, Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer and Virgil Green

Manning poked fun at Thomas by photoshopping him into a group picture, taken at Duke after a workout. 

Brock Osweiler
Broncos quaterback Brock Osweiler doesn't get a lot of reps. It's not his fault, he just happens to back up legendary passer Peyton Manning.

Osweiler has gotten a chance to participate more often this offseason because the Broncos are giving their veterans more off days, and he has been impressive.

"He has a lot more command," said running back C.J. Anderson. "He wants to go out there and play. He's been confident and comfortable, and he knows what he can do. He trusts his ability."

Osweiler, who has been Manning's backup for three seasons now, has continued to mature as an NFL quarterback despite only playing in 13 career games.

"I've always been impressed with Brock and his composure and how he commands the huddle," tight end Virgil Green said. "The more and more you play in the league, the more confident you get and the more composure you have out there."

Jordan Taylor
No Updates
Evan Mathis
The Broncos signed two-time Pro Bowler Evan Mathis to a one-year deal on Tuesday, the team announced.

The deal that brought Mathis to Denver is worth $4 million.

Kenny Anunike
Knee - Probable for Week 4 vs. Minnesota
No Updates
James Ferentz
No Updates
Kapri Bibbs
The Broncos elevated running back Jeremy Stewart from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster on Saturday, the Denver Post reports. In a corresponding move, the Broncos waived running back Kapri Bibbs.

Denver needed some depth at running back with Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman both ruled out for Week 12 with injuries. Stewart is expected to be the No. 3 running back Sunday at home against Miami.

Louis Vasquez
Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman is active Week 9 against the Patriots.

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. 

Lerentee McCray
Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas (ankle) and running back C.J. Anderson (ankle) are active for the game against Buffalo after being listed as probable.

Also suiting up for Denver are offensive tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow), linebacker Lerentee McCray (illness), center Will Montgomery (knee), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ribs), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).

Matt Paradis
C.J. Anderson
It has been a less-than-stellar start to the season for Broncos starting running back C.J. Anderson, who has totaled 74 rushing yards and is averaging 2.3 yards per carry through three games.

Coach Gary Kubiak and the coaching staff would like to get Anderson on track Week 4 against the Vikings.

"We have to keep C.J. on the field. C.J. has been coming off the field the past three games because he's been nicked up," Kubiak said, per The Denver Post. "Things are going on, and we need to keep him on the field consistently."

Anderson missed time through the first three games due to ankle, toe and head injuries. He cleared the concussion protocol during Sunday's game at Detroit.

Chris Harris
The Broncos and cornerback Chris Harris have agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $42.5 million, the Denver Post reports.

The two sides opened contract talks last month but a deal appeared to be on life support before general manager John Elway became personally involved in the discussions. Harris ranks as the No. 1 cornerback in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, and passers have managed just a 46.9 quarterback rating when challenging the Denver cornerback. He's also been in the top 10 of the same rating system among all cornerbacks in 2012 and 2013.

Jeff Heuerman
Broncos rookie tight end Jeff Heuerman is making strides in his recovery from a torn ACL, the team announced via their website.

Heuerman -- a third-round pick in this year's draft -- hurt his knee back in May, but is making good progress on his way back from the injury.

"I wouldn't call them big strides," he said with a laugh on Thursday, "not literally, because they're actually pretty small strides—but I'm making progress."

Heuerman will likely miss the entirety of this upcoming season, but that hasn't put a damper in his recovery.

"Each day’s a bigger step, which it kind of sounds corny and it kind of sounds like I’m just saying that, but it really is," Heuerman said.

Knee - IR. Out for season
Kyle Williams
The Broncos placed wide receiver Kyle Williams on injured reserve, the team announced on Monday, two days after he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury at practice. 

Williams missed all of last season after suffering an injury at the end of Kansas City training camp. 

Achilles - IR. Out for season
James Casey
The Broncos signed free agent tight end/fullback James Casey to a one-year deal on Saturday, reuniting him with coach Gary Kubiak, per ProFootballTalk.com. Casey spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Texans under Kubiak, registering 752 receiving yards and four touchdown in 61 games (20 starts). He caught six passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns his final two seasons with Philadelphia.
Knee - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Minnesota
Peyton Manning
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning completed 31 of 42 passes for 324 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Lions. 

Unable to run for a third straight week, the Broncos relied on their passing game and defense, with the latter once again playing the biggest role in the win.

Manning wasn't brilliant, but this was easily his best performance through the first three weeks of the season, especially considering that he faced so many second-and-longs and third-and-longs.

He did get a big boost from a couple of outstanding individual efforts by Demaryius Thomas on mediocre throws, but Thomas also cost Manning some yards with a pair of bad drops. Manning will return to Denver to face a hot Minnesota defense in Week 4.

Not injury related - Probable for Week 4 vs. Minnesota
Brandon McManus
Broncos placekicker Brandon McManus was perfect Sunday in a season-opening win over Baltimore.

McManus connected on all four of his field goal attempts, including bombs from 57 and 56 yards in the first quarter. He also hit from 43 yards in the second quarter and 33 yards in the fourth.

He can try for another big game in just four days as his team plays Kansas City on Thursday night.

Owen Daniels
Broncos tight end Owen Daniels caught five passes for 28 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Lions. 

Daniels made an excellent grab from 11 yards out to give the Broncos a 12-point lead in the final three minutes. He didn't do much outside of the game-clinching touchdown, but his nine targets were tied for second best on the team, and he played 60 snaps to Virgil Green's 15, according to Pro Football Focus.

Daniels clearly isn't going to put up lofty yardage totals, but as the top tight end in Denver's offense, he could be a semi-regular visitor to the end zone.

Not injury related - Probable for Week 4 vs. Minnesota
Tyler Polumbus
The Falcons signed offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus to a one-year contract, according to a report from ESPN.com.

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. 

Omar Bolden
Broncos strong safety Omar Bolden was removed from Sunday's season opener against the Ravens with a foot injury. Bolden was ruled out from returning to the game.
Foot - Probable for Week 4 vs. Minnesota
Shaquil Barrett
The Broncos promoted running back Kapri Bibbs to the active roster and waived linebacker Shaquil Barrett.
Ty Sambrailo
With Ryan Clady sustaining a torn ACL on Wednesday, the Broncos put in rookie Ty Sambrailo at left tackle during Thursday's practice, according to the team's website

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. 

Mitchell Henry
No Updates
Aaron Brewer
The Broncos have re-signed long snapper Aaron Brewer to a four-yeal deal Thursday, according to the team's official website. The deal will keep him with the team through 2018.

The former undrafted free agent has been with the Broncos for three years.  Since being signed, he's played on every punt, field goal and extra point snap.

DeMarcus Ware
Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware said he's not planning on the 2015 season being his last, reports The Denver Post.

"No. Not at all," he said. "I've got many years left."

Ware, 32, played in all 16 games last season and produced 10 sacks and 40 tackles. He said despite the years of wear and tear on his body, his training has allowed him to remain in good shape.

"I'm doing things right now I could never do before," Ware said. "I'm benching 315 fifteen times. Power cleaning 405 four or five times. I'm still vertical jumping 38 [inches]. My body has matured."

Von Miller
Broncos linebacker Von Miller was recently released from the NFL's drug program, a source told The Denver Post.

With Miller not failing a drug test over the last two years along with a new drug policy, Miller has been removed from the program and will no longer require multiple tests each week.

Miller violated the league's drug policy in 2013 and was suspended for six games.

David Bruton
Broncos safety David Bruton Jr. said he felt OK after suffering a hip injury in Sunday's win over the Ravens, reports the team's official website. Bruton had to be helped off the field after sustaining the injury.

"I'll definitely be good," Bruton said.

Ryan Clady
The Broncos placed left tackle Ryan Clady on injured reserve due to a torn ACL on Sunday, the team announced. 

Clady tore his ACL this past Wednesday during an organized team activity practice. The Broncos signed Ryan Harris to the roster soon after announcing Clady sustained a season-ending injury. 

Antonio Smith
Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is being investigated for child abuse, TMZ reported early Thursday morning. 

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." 

Darius Kilgo
No Updates
Michael Schofield
Broncos offensive lineman Michael Schofield is ready to come in and compete for a starting job this season, reports the Denver Post.

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."

Dillon Day
No Updates
Emmanuel Sanders
Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught six passes for 87 yards on nine targets in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Lions. 

Sanders made a brilliant catch for a 34-yard gain down the right sideline in the second half, but he was still outshined by Demaryius Thomas, who caught nine passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Although the Denver passing game has been far less efficient than in recent seasons, Sanders and Thomas have still been able to get their stats, as the lack of a running game (or other receivers) has led to ample targets.

If the Broncos were to supplement their elite defense with a functional running game, the targets might start to drop-off and the efficiency of years past wouldn't necessarily return.

Zaire Anderson
No Updates
Malik Jackson
Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson has been removed from the Sunday season opener against Baltimore with concussion-like symptoms. He has been ruled out for the rest of the game.
Kayvon Webster
Broncos backup cornerback Kayvon Webster won't play Sunday against host Detroit, per the Denver Post. He remains sidelined with an ankle injury sustained in Week 2.

Webster had been designated as doubtful Friday after two limited practices but was ruled out Saturday.

Ankle - Probable for Week 4 vs. Minnesota
Lorenzo Doss
The Broncos have signed rookie cornerback and fifth-round selection Lorenzo Doss .

The Tulane product was quite the ball-hawk in college. He intercepted 15 passes over the past three seasons.

Bennie Fowler
Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler caught the first passes of his NFL career Sunday against Detroit, reeling in all four of his targets for 50 yards.

An undrafted second-year man out of Michigan State, Fowler spent last season on Denver's practice squad, but made the team out of camp this year. He went unused in the first two weeks, but finished behind only Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in Week 3 wideout targets.

With Cody Latimer, Jordan Norwood and Andre Caldwell not much more than depth options, it could be that Fowler's working his way toward securing the No. 3 spot in the Denver wideout mix.

Ronnie Hillman
Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman had seven carries for 13 yards and a touchdown, adding one catch for three yards on one target, in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Lions. 

Hillman scored a one-yard touchdown while C.J. Anderson was being evaluated for a concussion, but Anderson returned to play most of the snaps in the second half.

Neither running back had any luck on the ground, so while the Broncos may be growing restless with Anderson, they won't necessarily make a change. Despite missing a good chunk of the second quarter, Anderson outsnapped Hillman 35-24, according to Pro Football Focus.

Britton Colquitt
The Broncos have ruled running backs Montee Ball (groin) and Ronnie Hillman (foot) out for Sunday's game against Miami, according to Denver's final injury report for Week 12. The team also listed tight ends Virgil Green (calf) and Julius Thomas (ankle) as questionable.

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).

Virgil Green
As expected, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas skipped QB Peyton Manning's offseason passing workout at Duke University last week.

Thomas was tagged by the team, keeping him off the free agent market, and he's in the process of negotiating a long-term contract with the Broncos. He intends to work out on his own until the deal is done. 

Manning spent the week throwing to Broncos pass catchers Owen Daniels, Andre Caldwell, Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer and Virgil Green

Manning poked fun at Thomas by photoshopping him into a group picture, taken at Duke after a workout. 

Juwan Thompson
Despite his struggles to start the season, Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will remain the starter ahead of Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson, according to the Denver Post.

Anderson has failed to rush for even 30 yards in a game this season, racking up 74 yards on 32 carries, but Hillman hasn't been much better, rushing for 88 yards on 28 carries.

Anderson reportedly had a good practice Friday, and while he'll draw the start Sunday against the Vikings, he'll continue to be on thin ice, particularly if Hillman is able to turn it around and outperform him.

Neck - Probable for Week 4 vs. Minnesota
Derek Wolfe
Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe has been suspended four games by the NFL for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the team announced on Friday.

Wolfe will remain with the team through training camp and the preseason, but will no be eligible to return after that until the team's Week 4 matchup against the Vikings.

Wolfe said that a medication he took triggered the positive test.

"During the offseason I took a medication which is on the banned substance list," he said in the statement. "The medication is not a substance which would enhance my on-field performance in any way and I genuinely was unaware that it was prohibited, but players are responsible for what is in their bodies.

"I will certainly exercise far greater caution in the future and will seek advice relating to the permissibility of any and all medications."

Wolfe recorded 35 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 16 games for the Broncos last season.

Suspension - 4-game suspension. Eligible to return Week 5 at Oakland
Bradley Roby
The Broncos could be changing course on how they want to use 2014 first-round pick Bradley Roby on defense. 

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. 

Cody Latimer
Wide receiver Cody Latimer was expected to play a role in the Broncos offense during his rookie season, but wound up catching just two passes. This year, he tells the Denver Post, he wants to make more of an impact in the passing game. 

"Last year was a disappointment to myself. I hated not being on that field," second-round picck said. "I took it as an oath of mine. This year I'm going to get on that field. I'm going to study extra and do whatever I need to do."

Latimer attended quarterback Peyton Manning's throwing camp and studied new coach Gary Kubiak's playbook in order to fit in when the action begins. 

"I didn't have the opportunity to get on the field because I wasn't doing my job," Latimer said. "This year, they'll know who I am."

Arthur Lynch
The Dolphins waived receivers Armon Binns and Ryan Spadola, tight end Brett Brackett, cornerback Steven Clarke, defensive end Rakim Cox, defensive tackle Cory Grissom and center Tyler Larsen. Miami also put defensive tackle A.J. Francis, running back Mike Gillislee and tight end Arthur Lynch on injured reserve, ending their seasons.
T.J. Ward
Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward has been reinstated after serving his one-game suspension. The team has released cornerback Curtis Marsh to make room on the roster.

Ward started 15 games for Denver last year and contributed to 74 tackles.

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