Denver Broncos

Stadium: Sports Authority Field | Coach: Gary Kubiak
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense16th107.4 (17th)248.1 (14th)
Defense1st83.6 (3rd)199.6 (1st)
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 Addison, Bralon WR5-919710/12/1993ROregon
22Anderson, C.J. RB5-82242/10/19914California
50Anderson, Zaire LB5-112208/18/19921Nebraska
91Anunike, Kenny DE6-52755/22/19903Duke
48Barrett, Shaquil OLB6-225011/17/19923Colorado State
35Bibbs, Kapri RB5-112031/10/19932Colorado State
20Booker, Devontae RB5-112195/27/1992RUtah
67Brenner, Sam C6-23104/27/19904Utah
4Colquitt, Britton P6-32053/20/19858Tennessee
93Crick, Jared DE6-42858/21/19895Nebraska
51Davis, Todd MLB6-12305/17/19923Sacramento State
55Day, Dillon C6-429910/17/19911Mississippi State
9Dixon, Riley P6-42218/24/1993RSyracuse
68Dora, Vontarrius LB6-42569/7/1992RLouisiana Tech
37Doss, Lorenzo CB5-111874/22/19942Tulane
53Ferentz, James C6-22856/5/19892Iowa
16Fowler, Bennie WR6-12126/10/19912Michigan State
17Frazier, Mose WR5-111908/30/1993RMemphis
76Garcia, Max G6-430911/9/19912Florida
83Garner, Manasseh TE6-22393/11/19921Pittsburgh
38Glover, Antonio DB6-11903/31/1993RGeorgia Southern
99Gotsis, Adam DT6-42879/23/1992RGeorgia Tech
80Graham, Garrett TE6-32438/4/19867Wisconsin
28Gray, Cyrus RB5-1020611/18/19894Texas A&M
85Green, Virgil TE6-52558/3/19886Nevada
78Hanson, Lars T6-83089/30/1992RSacramento State
25Harris, Chris CB5-101996/18/19895Kansas
82Heuerman, Jeff TE6-525511/24/19922Ohio State
63Heurtelou, Calvin DT6-23064/10/1993RMiami (Fla.)
23Hillman, Ronnie RB5-101959/14/19915San Diego State
32Janovich, Andy FB6-12385/23/1993RNebraska
75Jefferson, Cameron T6-53175/2/19921Arkansas
69Jenkins, Shaneil DE6-32812/7/1994RShepherd
33Keo, Shiloh DB5-1120812/17/19875Idaho
98Kilgo, Darius NT6-331912/14/19912Maryland
41Kragen, Kyle LB6-22452/1/1993RCalifornia
42Kreiter, Casey LS6-12508/13/19901Iowa
84Krieger Coble, Henry TE6-42486/12/1992RIowa
14Latimer, Cody WR6-221510/10/19923Indiana
30Lowery, B.J. DB5-111938/31/1991RIowa
12Lynch, Paxton QB6-72442/12/1994RMemphis
54Marshall, Brandon ILB6-12509/10/19895Nevada
60McGovern, Connor G6-43054/27/1993RMissouri
8McManus, Brandon K6-32027/25/19913Temple
58Miller, Von OLB6-32503/26/19896Texas A&M
62Moala, David DT6-131112/30/1992RUtah State
64Murray, Justin T6-53044/19/1993RCincinnati
70Myers, Robert G6-533512/26/19912Tennessee State
5Neal, Durron WR5-1120111/3/1993ROklahoma
72Neary, Aaron G6-430111/15/1992REastern Washington
52Nelson, Corey OLB6-12264/22/19923Oklahoma
39Nixon, Taurean DB5-101872/7/19911Tulane
46Norman, Dwayne LB6-12309/23/1993RDuke
11Norwood, Jordan WR5-111809/28/19867Penn State
73Okung, Russell T6-531010/7/19877Oklahoma State
61Paradis, Matt C6-330010/12/19892Boise State
34Parks, Will DB6-11947/29/1994RArizona
90Peko, Kyle NT6-13057/23/1993ROregon State
15Posey, DeVier WR6-12103/15/19904Ohio State
56Ray, Shane LB6-32455/18/19932Missouri
19Raymond, Kalif WR5-9160//RHoly Cross
66Roberts, Kyle T6-63052/9/19921Nevada
29Roby, Bradley FS5-111945/1/19923Ohio State
27Ross, Brandian DB6-01909/28/19895Youngstown State
74Sambrailo, Ty T6-53153/10/19922Colorado State
6Sanchez, Mark QB6-222511/11/19868USC
10Sanders, Emmanuel WR5-111803/17/19877Southern Methodist
79Schofield, Michael T6-630111/15/19903Michigan
47Shannon, Frank LB6-1229//ROklahoma
13Siemian, Trevor QB6-322012/26/19912Northwestern
31Simmons, Justin FS6-220211/19/1993RBoston College
71Stephenson, Donald T6-63129/30/19885Oklahoma
26Stewart, Darian FS5-112148/4/19887South Carolina
59Sulleyman, Sadat LB6-025410/25/1992RPortland State
21Talib, Aqib CB6-12052/13/19869Kansas
97Taylor, Phillip DT6-33354/7/19885Baylor
87Taylor, Jordan WR6-52102/18/19921Rice
49Theus, Nathan LS6-32387/2/1992RGeorgia
88Thomas, Demaryius WR6-322912/25/19877Georgia Tech
40Thompson, Juwan RB5-112255/13/19923Duke
45Tidwell, John DB6-01913/25/1993RSioux Falls
96Walker, Vance DE6-23054/26/19878Georgia Tech
43Ward, T.J. SS5-1020012/12/19867Oregon
94Ware, DeMarcus OLB6-42587/31/198212Troy
57Watson, Dekoda LB6-22403/3/19887Florida State
36Webster, Kayvon CB5-111982/1/19914South Florida
77Weems, Darrion T6-53109/4/19884Oregon
92Williams, Sylvester NT6-231311/21/19884North Carolina
95Wolfe, Derek DE6-52852/24/19905Cincinnati
65Yarbrough, Eddie LB6-32594/24/1993RWyoming
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Position Listing
Aqib Talib
Talib (leg) "should be" ready to return for the Broncos' training camp, The Denver Post reports.

Talib, who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg last month, recently said he's back to running and "feels great" as training camp approaches. Despite his positive self-report, Talib could still start camp on the Broncos' PUP list until he's determined to be 100 percent, but more should be known once he reports and can be evaluated by the team. In any case, it appears Talib should at least be ready for the beginning of the regular season, representing a relief for Denver's defense.

Darian Stewart
Stewart tallied 63 tackles, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, a pick and 10 passes defended in 2015. He added 11 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, an interception and three passes defended in the playoffs.

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.

Kyle Peko
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Vance Walker
Malik Jackson bolted from Denver to Jacksonville, The Denver Post reports.

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.

Riley Dixon
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Phillip Taylor
A day after the Browns cut him, defensive end Phillip Taylor  visited the Steelers, according to

Cleveland paid Brown $5.47 million to not be a part of the organization on Tuesday. He was a first-round pick in 2011.

Demaryius Thomas
Thomas caught 105 of 176 targets for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. He was unable to maintain that level of production in the playoffs, tallying just seven catches off of 21 targets for 60 yards in three games.

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.

John Tidwell
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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).

Max Garcia
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Henry Krieger Coble
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Trevor Siemian
Siemian is narrowly behind Mark Sanchez in the Broncos' quarterback battle, Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports.

There's no doubt that some of the buzz around Siemian has to do with the slow summer news cycle. Still, the drum beat behind him has persisted through spring practices and is hard to ignore. Sanchez was never supposed to be more than a stopgap. By developing Siemian into a starter-quality option with first-rounder Paxton Lynch waiting in the wings, they could solidify the position for years to come or create a valuable trade chip in the 2015 seventh-rounder.

Jordan Norwood
Norwood has agreed to a one-year deal with the Broncos, Mike Klis of 9News reports.

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.

Sylvester Williams
The Broncos have decided not to exercise Williams' fifth-year option, the Denver Post reports.

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.

Kyle Roberts
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Shaneil Jenkins
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Connor McGovern
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Cyrus Gray
The Chiefs have released running back and special teams standout Cyrus Gray, per the Kansas City Star.

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.

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
Danny Trevathan has left Denver to reunite with John Fox in Chicago, The Denver Post reports.

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.

Paxton Lynch
The Broncos would like to see Lynch take reins at some point this season,9NEWS reports.

Lynch became Denver's future the moment they traded up in the first round to nab him. Ever since, however, the conversation around 2016's starter has been around Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian. Lynch is easily the most physically gifted of the three, but is supposedly still refining his game and adjusting to a pro offense. Whether Lynch ends up finding the playing field will likely depend on whether Denver's defense and running game is carrying it to another playoff birth. Head coach Gary Kubiak opted for experience over physical skill last playoffs, albeit in the form of a future hall of famer in Peyton Manning, not a journeyman like Sanchez. This scenario has played out in Mile High before under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Denver was 7-4 with Jake Plummer under center in 2006, only to test out Jay Cutler and fall to 9-7, out of the playoff race.

Shane Ray
Ray (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

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.

Garrett Graham
The Broncos have signed Graham to a one-year contract.

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.

Calvin Heurtelou
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David Moala
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Justin Simmons
Simmons could step in early on sub-packages, the team's official site reports.

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.

Brandon Marshall
The Broncos and Marshall (finger) agreed to terms of a four-year contract extension Tuesday, Andrew Mason of the team's official site reports.

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.

Aaron Neary
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Jordan Taylor
Taylor could compete for a role behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, reports.

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.

Kenny Anunike
Anunike (knee) is slated to begin training camp on the Broncos' active/PUP list, the Denver Post reports.

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.

James Ferentz
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Kapri Bibbs
Bibbs flashed some big plays at OTAs on Tuesday, the team's official site reports

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.

Russell Okung
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is active Week 17 against the Rams.

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. 

The club will also have Tony Moeaki and Russell Okung. Both players also came into the contest listed as probable. 

Chris Matthews, who was listed as questionable, will also attempt to play. He's dealing with a hamstring injury.

Dwayne Norman
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Matt Paradis
Bralon Addison
Addison has signed with the Broncos after going undrafted, the Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala reports.

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.

C.J. Anderson
Anderson believes that the team's increased use of fullbacks this offseason portend a run-heavy offense in 2016, ESPN reports.

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.

Cameron Jefferson
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Chris Harris
Harris' shoulder is back to full health, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post reports.

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.

Jeff Heuerman
Coach Gary Kubiak indicated that Heuerman has recovered from the torn ACL that he suffered last May, adding that the tight end isn't expected to be limited in the Broncos' OTAs this April.

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.

Sadat Sulleyman
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Brandon McManus
McManus will return to Denver in 2016 after signing his tender, the team's official site reports.

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.

Mose Frazier
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Durron Neal
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Casey Kreiter
The Cowboys have signed long snapper Casey Kreiter, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Kreiter, 24, was cut by the team last August. He has yet to see the field in the NFL.

Vontarrius Dora
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Donald Stephenson
Chiefs coach Andy Reid made the announcement Monday former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher is moving from left tackle to right tackle to begin the 2015 season. Donald Stephenson is taking over at left tackle for Kansas City.

“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.

Lars Hanson
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Shaquil Barrett
The Broncos promoted running back Kapri Bibbs to the active roster and waived linebacker Shaquil Barrett.
Jared Crick
The Broncos have signed Crick to a two-year deal.

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.

Kalif Raymond
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Brandian Ross
The Raiders placed safety Brandian Ross on injured reserve on Saturday, per

Ross recorded 55 tackles with two interceptions in 13 games for Oakland last season.

Shiloh Keo
Keo has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Broncos, The Denver Post reports.

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.

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. 

DeMarcus Ware
Broncos GM John Elway admitted that Ware's lingering back injury is a concern, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

Ware's back injury cost him five games last season, but he ultimately returned for the final four weeks, then had 3.5 sacks in three playoff appearances. He remains highly effective when healthy, but it sounds as if this injury might be a nagging issue for the rest of his career, or at least for the 2016 season. The Broncos do have 2015 first-round selection Shane Ray, a defensive end/outside linebacker who had four sacks while playing limited snaps as a rookie.

Manasseh Garner
The Chiefs announced Tuesday they signed running back Keshawn Hill, guard Melvin Meggs, center Dan Munyer and tackle Kevin Palmer.

The Chiefs also released fullback Manasseh Garner, tight end Earnest Pettway and tackle Charles Sweeton.

Antonio Glover
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Eddie Yarbrough
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Robert Myers
The Ravens have announced that they have signed guard Robert Myers, a fifth-round pick, as well as wide receiver and sixth-rounder Darren Waller.
Von Miller
Miller has agreed to a six-year, $114.5 million contract extension with the Broncos that includes $70 million in guarantees, 9News Denver reports.

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.

Darrion Weems
The Cowboys have signed Charles Brown and cut fellow offensive tackle Darrion Weems, per the team website.

Brown got into two games with the Giants last season, but played more extensively with New Orleans the previous four years.

Weems lost last season to a shoulder injury.

Mark Sanchez
Sanchez has only a slight edge in the Broncos' quarterback battle, Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports.

Back and forth the rumor mill goes. Sanchez's grip on the starting job seems to change daily - fueled by a few quotes from head coach Gary Kubiak and reporters' observations from segments of practices. The truth is that clarity into the Broncos' quarterback situation won't come until depth charts are released. Nobody ever mistook Sanchez for anything more than a veteran stopgap, but given that he's the only quarterback on the roster with a NFL passing attempt, it'd be a pretty big upset if he doesn't open the season as the starter.

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Darius Kilgo
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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
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Emmanuel Sanders
Sanders' talks with the Broncos over a contract extension have been put on hold for the time being, The Denver Post reports.

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.

Sam Brenner
The Dolphins made a flurry of roster moves Monday, which included the release of running back Jonas Gray. To take Gray's spot on the roster, the Dolphins signed rookie running back/kick returner Raheem Mostert.

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.

Zaire Anderson
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Justin Murray
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Kyle Kragen
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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.

Dekoda Watson
Linebacker Dekoda Watson was signed to the Patriots' active roster Wednesday, Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald reports.

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.

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
Fowler signed his exclusive rights tender Friday, ensuring he'll remain with the Broncos this season, The Denver Post reports.

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.

Andy Janovich
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Ronnie Hillman
Rookie fourth-rounder Devontae Booker could challenge for playing time, the Denver Post reports.

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.

Frank Shannon
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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).

DeVier Posey
The Texans traded wide receiver DeVier Posey, a third-round pick (No. 82 overall), fifth-round pick (No. 152 overall) and a seventh-round pick (No. 229 overall) to the Jets in exchange for a third-round pick (No. 70 overall) on Friday.

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.

Adam Gotsis
Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar pushed for Denver to draft Gotsis, the team's official site reports.

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.

B.J. Lowery
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Virgil Green
Green will miss most of OTAs after having finger surgery, Mike Klis of 9News reports.

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.

Devontae Booker
Booker's (knee) pass-catching ability could earn him early playing time, particularly in third-down situations, reports.

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.

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Juwan Thompson
Thompson (illness) is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers, the Denver Post reports.

While Thompson's absence isn't much of a hit to fantasy players, it does impact the Broncos' backfield depth Sunday behind C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.

Derek Wolfe
Wolfe signed a four-year contract extension with the Broncos on Friday.

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.

Will Parks
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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
Latimer will likely compete with a slew of players for slotting on the depth chart behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, reports.

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.

Nathan Theus
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T.J. Ward
Ward collected 61 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and six passes defended in 2015. He added 17 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception in the playoffs.

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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