|Offense||27th||92.8 (27th)||230.3 (21st)|
|Defense||4th||130.3 (28th)||185.8 (1st)|
|48||Barrett, Shaquil||OLB||6-2||250||11/17/1992||3||Colorado State|
|51||Davis, Todd||ILB||6-1||230||5/17/1992||3||Sacramento State|
|68||Dora, Vontarrius||LB||6-4||256||9/7/1992||R||Louisiana Tech|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||2||Michigan State|
|99||Gotsis, Adam||DT||6-4||287||9/23/1992||R||Georgia Tech|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||2||Ohio State|
|84||Krieger Coble, Henry||TE||6-4||248||6/12/1992||R||Iowa|
|58||Miller, Von||OLB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||6||Texas A&M|
|11||Norwood, Jordan||WR||5-11||180||9/28/1986||7||Penn State|
|73||Okung, Russell||T||6-5||310||10/7/1987||7||Oklahoma State|
|61||Paradis, Matt||C||6-3||300||10/12/1989||2||Boise State|
|90||Peko, Kyle||NT||6-1||305||7/23/1993||R||Oregon State|
|19||Raymond, Kalif||WR||5-9||160||8/8/1994||R||Holy Cross|
|29||Roby, Bradley||CB||5-11||194||5/1/1992||3||Ohio State|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty||T||6-5||315||3/10/1992||2||Colorado State|
|10||Sanders, Emmanuel||WR||5-11||180||3/17/1987||7||Southern Methodist|
|31||Simmons, Justin||SS||6-2||202||11/19/1993||R||Boston College|
|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|
|70||Turner, Billy||G||6-5||310||10/17/1991||3||North Dakota State|
|57||Watson, Dekoda||LB||6-2||245||3/3/1988||7||Florida State|
|92||Williams, Sylvester||NT||6-2||313||11/21/1988||4||North Carolina|
|97||Winn, Billy||DE||6-4||300||4/15/1989||4||Boise State|
|22||Anderson, C.J. (IR)||RB||5-8||224||2/10/1991||4||California|
|35||Bibbs, Kapri (IR)||RB||5-11||203||1/10/1993||2||Colorado State|
|67||Brenner, Sam (IR)||C||6-2||310||4/27/1990||4||Utah|
|15||Brown, Marlon (IR)||WR||6-5||214||4/22/1991||4||Georgia|
|32||Janovich, Andy (IR)||FB||6-1||238||5/23/1993||R||Nebraska|
|42||Kreiter, Casey (IR)||LS||6-1||250||8/13/1990||1||Iowa|
|96||Walker, Vance (IR)||DE||6-2||305||4/26/1987||8||Georgia Tech|
|94||Ware, DeMarcus (IR)||OLB||6-4||258||7/31/1982||12||Troy|
|36||Webster, Kayvon (IR)||CB||5-11||198||2/1/1991||4||South Florida|
|55||Day, Dillon||C||6-4||299||10/17/1991||1||Mississippi State|
|Iosia, Iosia||DE||6-7||297||12/28/1991||R||West Texas A&M|
|Raciti, Travis||DE||6-4||292||5/21/1992||1||San Jose State|
|Sharp, Hunter||WR||5-11||198||4/25/1994||R||Utah State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Stewart has experienced somewhat of a rebirth in his seventh season, recording 44 combined tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery so far this season. His three interceptions in 2016 match his career total prior to this year, and he is one of the reasons the Broncos defense has been so dominant this season. He will continue starting at free safety for Denver.
Peko, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon State, hasn't seen any game action this season as he had previously resided on the Broncos' practice squad up to this point. Barring an injury to Sylvester Williams, he's unlikely to receive much playing time in the season finale next Sunday versus the Raiders.
Walker was carted off the field during Monday's practice, and an MRI confirmed the worst case scenario. The veteran defensive lineman was projected to backup Derek Wolfe on the left side of the line this season. Calvin Heurtelou now figures to slide into that role.
Thomas briefly left Sunday's game with an injury, but soon returned. During a rough 2016 season for Denver's offense, Thomas still managed to top 90 catches and 1,000 yards for the fifth straight year. Plenty of questions will need to be answered before he shoots for number six. Head coach Gary Kubiak is set to retire and Thomas is likely to be playing in a new offense next season. He might also be catching passes from a new quarterback, depending on whether the new staff decides to stick with Trevor Siemian, move on with 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch or look elsewhere for solutions.
Nelson serves as a reserve linebacker behind Brandon Marshall so it isn't likely he sees the field too much on Sunday, but his active status is a reassuring sign for the team.
It was a very up and down campaign for Siemian, who was on Denver's roster all of last season but didn't attempt a pass. In some ways, the stats paint too flattering of a picture as - Week 3's win over Cincinnati and Week 13's loss to Kansas City removed- Siemian's touchdown:interception ration falls to 11:10 and his yards per attempt drops from 7.0 to 6.5. He also benefited from many dropped interceptions. On the flip side, the first-year player stood strong under a near-constant rush and had the defending champs in the playoff picture for much of the season. There is little doubt that management will be looking for 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch to give Siemian a run for his money in training camp. Siemian, who has credited former head coach Gary Kubiak for drafting him when others wouldn't, will has his future tied to the incoming staff. A key development will be whether quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp, who personally visited Siemian and worked him out before the draft, is retained. Knapp worked with lead candidate Vance Joseph under Kubiak in Houston and also runs a similar West-Coast system as another top candidate, Kyle Shanahan.
It was Norwood's third game with at least three catches, no other Denver back-up receiver has more than one such game. The No. 3 receiver job in Denver doesn't mean what it used to during the Manning years, now with an inexperienced quarterback and more conservative play-caller in Gary Kubiak, but Norwood also showed in Week 9 in Oakland that the job can still be met with the occasional big play or touchdown.
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.
Turner was a depth lineman in the Dolphins' offensive scheme so his absence shouldn't effect the team too heavily.
With Brandon Marshall (hamstring) ruled out of Sunday's game against the Titans, backup Corey Nelson will fill in with the first-string defense. Since Nelson is usually a mainstay on special teams, Gause was signed in order to allow Nelson to focus on his defensive responsibilities. An undrafted rookie from Rutgers, Gause himself projects to be exclusively contained to special teams.
This will represent the start of Nixon's second stint with the Broncos this season as he'd previously spent time on the active roster in November when starting corner Aqib Talib was out with a back issue. This time, Nixon's signing presumably comes as a corresponding move to CB Kayvon Webster's (concussion) placement on injured reserve.
This move is unsurprising, as Raciti was considered a long shot to make the final roster. He was competing with Tom Johnson to backup Sharrif Floyd at right defensive tackle.
Brooks, a Clemson product, was originally picked in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Seahawks, but ultimately never able to catch on with an active roster. With the Broncos dealing with multiple season-ending injuries at the running back position, Brooks may eventually be promoted to the active roster in order to provide depth behind Devontae Booker and veteran Justin Forsett.
After recording five or fewer tackles in eight of his first 13 games of the season, Davis has now notched 13 tackles in two straight games to go along with his first forced fumble of 2016. His recent production should alert fantasy owners that he could be a player to target in 2017 IDP drafts.
Lynch was expected to see about a half of action in Denver's season finale against Oakland. The flow of the game, according to former head coach Gary Kubiak, dictated that Trevor Siemian stuck in there, however. Lynch came into Denver with many believing that he'd need a red-shirt year or two before being able to compete. After an impressive debut in the second half of Week 4's win over Tampa Bay, Lynch proved that to be a case - often appearing lost in progressively less effective starts against Atlanta and Jacksonville. Lynch flashed a big arm and impressive mobility for a player his size at points during the season, but also looked out of sync with receivers and flustered by rushers. The front office will certainly be looking for strides from Lynch in 2017 and general manager John Elway has indicated that the plan is to have Siemian and Lynch duke it out this off season. As will be the case for many Broncos, Lynch's value will be tied to the incoming coaching staff. Kubiak was known for preferring an under-center offense that suited his one-cut run blocking scheme. It will be interesting to see whether Lynch's next offensive coordinator opens up the playbook a bit, incorporating more shotgun spread concepts and boot-action looks that made him a top pick.
Although he's been quiet in the majority of his games to start the season, he's had a pair of big games over his last three matchups. In Week 3, he sacked Andy Dalton three times while notching six tackles, and his second this week's contest brought him up to four on the season. The second-year player has exceptional ability to get to the quarterback, and he's potentially a high-upside option in IDP leagues.
Derby will be missing his second consecutive game due to a concussion. With Virgil Green (concussion) also in danger of sitting Sunday, Jeff Heuerman could be Denver's top option at tight end.
Simmons was limited in practice all week, and although initial reports were encouraging, the reserve defensive back will not be able to go Sunday, leaving Darian Stewart as the only true free safety on the roster.
Marshall joins fellow key defenders T.J. Ward and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe on the inactive list in Sunday's season finale. The linebacker finishes the 2016 campaign with 52 tackles in 11 games.
Taylor's 6-foot-5 frame stood out during a goal-line scramble drill in the third quarter. The second-year receiver has now found the end zone in consecutive games. Given the dearth of receiving options outside Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders - he could continue to be a valuable commodity down in the red zone where four of his six targets in the last two games have been.
Bibbs suffered what is believed to be a high-ankle sprain during Sunday's game at Jacksonville, forcing him to don a walking boot. Because such an injury is accompanied by a lengthy absence, the Broncos claimed Forsett off waivers from the Lions to provide a semblance of depth behind Devontae Booker. Bibbs will end his second season in Denver with 29 carries for 129 yards and two receptions (on four targets) for 75 yards and one touchdown across 12 games.
Paradis' operation earlier this week precedes a second surgery on his left hip in approximately three weeks. His doctor believes, "Matt will come back as a much better athlete -- more agile, more explosive -- and really be able to utilize his hips going forward." Paradis is set for a lengthy road to recovery, but he's slate to be at full health by the start of the 2017 regular season.
Anderson's knee injury and subsequent surgery left him unavailable for the final 10 weeks of this season. While that offered more opportunities to rookie Devontae Booker, the Broncos' running game finished 27th league-wide. As a result, Anderson, who had Denver's lone 100-yard rushing game this season, figures to lead the team's backfield attack once healthy. In beginning to run again, Anderson has cleared a hurdle on his road to recovery, which he anticipates to culminate with a training-camp return. Should that transpire, Anderson's injury, along with Denver's trouble running the ball, could see him enter the season with a cooler fantasy stock than last season, but his starting status would figure to benefit him nonetheless.
If Graham Gano's kick was true, Harris would have been the goat of the game after picking up a penalty on fourth and forever earlier in the drive. Instead, Harris will be remembered as one of they key reasons Denver won the contest with his sticky coverage and bat-and-pick that set up the Broncos' go-ahead score. The diminutive corner batted a pass intended for 6-foot-5 receiver Kelvin Benjamin and laid out for the interception deep in Carolina territory.
Heuerman saw career highs in snaps, catches and targets with A.J. Derby and Virgil Green out on Sunday. Should either of them return to the lineup in Week 17, Heuerman is likely to take a small step back, but don't be surprised if his role remains prominent as the game will be all about evaluating young talent and injuries have limited the 2015 third-round pick's usage in his first two seasons.
McManus, who notched 30 field goals last year, fell one successful kick shy of that mark in 2016, but didn't have a down year by any means. His 29 makes was good for 10th-most in the league and he never missed an attempt within 40 yards, outside of his lone miscue on an extra point. Now headed for free agency in the offseason, look for Denver to do all they can to bring lock down McManus for the foreseeable future.
Kreiter served as the Broncos' long snapper for most of the season before injuring his calf in Week 10 against the Saints. Veteran Thomas Gafford will take over for the remainder of the campaign.
Forsett spent the 2016 campaign with three different organizations, beginning with the Ravens, then the Lions and finally the Broncos. While his age is becoming a red-flag, Forsett still looked to have something left in Denver and could make for a quality veteran addition to a team lacking depth at running back, should he choose to return for a 10th season.
Dora was signed to the active roster from the practice squad on Friday. He likely won't see time on the field unless the team faces injuries and is forced to suit him up in the next few weeks.
“We’re going to play the five best, and Fish gives us a whole lot of flexibility, he can play any position on the offensive line, and play at Pro Bowl caliber,” Reid said, per The Kansas City Star.
Crick was drafted during the Gary Kubiak/Wade Phillips regime while they were all in Houston - so the familiarity is there. While neither coach's tenure lasted long enough to see Crick become a starter, defensive line coach Bill Kollar did coach Crick during his first year as a starter in 2014. Crick accumulated 104 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his last two years in Houston and his understanding of the defense could prove invaluable in stepping in and replacing Walker.
The undrafted-rookie was looking to secure one of the Broncos final receiver spots but he appears to have been the seventh or eighth option for the team. He'll be a candidate for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Sambrailo is set to start at right tackle.
Ware was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, officially ruling him out for Sunday's season-finale against the Raiders. Look for more updates to come after his surgery. Ware, 34, finishes his 12th season in the league with career lows in tackles and sacks, which may put his future with the team into question this offseason.
For the first time all season, Miller was held without a sack twice in a three-week period. That said, it's impossible to complain about a player with 12.5 sacks who's an ultra-elite IDP linebacker.
After not dressing for a single game as a rookie, Schofield added weight and he looks forward to fighting for a starting job.
"I am going in there with that mentality. In the NFL everybody is competing," Schofield said during a road trip to see family in Illinois. "They are looking for someone to step up and take over. I want to make that jump."
The third-round draft pick of the Broncos in 2014 struggled with weight issues, but he is now up to 305 pounds. He also recognized that his pass protection needs improvement.
"Personally, I felt there were reasons I wasn't out there (for games). I wasn't consistent enough in pass pro (protection). And my weight was really fluctuating," Schofield said.
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak believes that the team's zone-blocking scheme can help Schofield elevate his game, and Schofield agrees.
"We like the Schofield kid, so we'll see. We think he's got some flexibility (in where he can play)," Kubiak said. "It will be very competitive."
"I feel like I am better suited for this," Schofield said. "You have to be able to reach block, and I feel the steps required fit me better."
Sanders was forced into exit early from Denver's season finale due a foot injury, but that only came after he put together a third straight 1,000-yard season since joining the Broncos. Despite dealing with the respective growing pains of quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, Sanders' 79 catches and 139 targets both marked the second-most over his seven-year career. Coming off a three-year, $33 million extension signed in September, the veteran has also now scored at least five touchdowns in four consecutive campaigns. With former Chargers coach Mike McCoy slated to become the Broncos offensive coordinator, Sanders could benefit from an attacking scheme build around the team's playmakers, The Denver Post reports, particularly if the team's quarterback play improves in 2017.
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.
Anderson went down on punt coverage and was taken off the field strapped down on a backboard. It isn't clear if he sustained a serious injury.
Webster suffered a concussion in Week 16, which immediately made him a longshot to play in Week 17. The team determined he wouldn't be able to give it a go and decided to shut him down to open up a roster spot. Webster had eight tackles and a pass defensed in 15 games played this season.
The former journeyman middle linebacker has found his calling on the outside this preseason, racking up four sacks and a safety this preseason. Outside rusher is arguably Denver's deepest position with Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray all locks to make the team. Watson is likely in their company. The Broncos carried five outside linebackers last season and the team could use additional depth in an effort to keep Ware fresh during the season.
Fowler missed last week's win over the Jaguars due to a knee aliment but, after practicing in a limited fashion this week, will be able to take the field Sunday. Look for him to compete for reps with Cody Latimer as the No. 3 wideout behind starters Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.
Janovich sustained a season-ending ankle injury in Sunday's game against the Chiefs that required surgery Wednesday. Kubiak said RB/FB Juwan Thompson will be the next man up.
Sharp signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie out of Utah State earlier this year. However, he missed the Eagles' first two preseason games and was listed as doubtful for the third. The details of his injury remain undisclosed, though, but Sharp is now a free agent and will presumably look to latch on with another organization when healthy.
Gotsis appears fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered in his final season at Georgia Tech. He seems to be in line for a role as rotational defensive lineman with Denver in his rookie season. He did miss an opportunity to deflect a pass against the Rams, but he made up for it by consistently badgering the quarterback, setting up a sack by forcing quarterback Sean Mannion into the path of linebacker Sadat Sulleyman.
With A.J. Derby ruled out this week, Jeff Heuerman and Green are in line to head the team's TE corps Sunday, though neither are high-percentage fantasy play in Week 17.
The season ended the way the Broncos had hoped it would start for Booker, who scored on an 11 yard off-tackle to start the game and then added a second score on a 43-yard screen on third and long in the second quarter. Booker's uneven rookie season was partially his own doing, but sub-par offensive line play didn't help matters. The line looked decidedly better on Sunday and, with Denver returning to a two-back offense for the first time since rookie fullback Andy Janovich went on injured reserve, Booker showed flashes of quality play. If he can build off of how 2016 ended, he should serve as a quality complement to C.J. Anderson entering 2017.
The three touches were a season-high for Thompson. The former undrafted free agent never got many looks at fullback after rookie Andy Janovich went on injured reserve nor has he gotten many opportunities at running back. Though Sunday should be all about preparing for 2017, it'd be a surprise if Thompson got much usage as Denver will almost surely want to get a long last look at rookie Devontae Booker.
Wolfe injured his neck in last week's loss to Kansas City and hasn't practiced since. Adam Gotsis will likely see some extra snaps as the only backup to starting defensive ends Jared Crick and Billy Winn.
Roby stepped in front of a shallow cross in the third quarter and returned it 51 yards to put the Broncos up by two scores. Much is made of the Broncos' top two corners - Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., but Roby has more than held his own this season. He leads the team with 102 interception return yards.
Latimer, who has been inactive more often than not in recent weeks, was pushed into duty against Jacksonville with Bennie Fowler on the mend and Jordan Norwood in the dog house. He managed just one catch in Denver's ice-cold offense. It was the former second-rounder's first reception since Week 3 and he's trending downward. The recent free-agent acquisition of Marlon Brown and promotion of Kalif Raymond don't show much confidence in Latimer's abilities as a receiver or returner.
Ward missed last week's game due his concussion and has yet to return to practice. Will Parks is expected to start in Ward's place once again.
The details surrounding Brown's injury haven't been disclosed. The towering wideout previously spent training camp with the Broncos, and while he impressed in his limited time, was ultimately waived due to a back injury prior to the season opener. He then resurfaced in Denver weeks ago, but never made any sort of on-field contribution. His release allowed the team to add more depth at linebacker with Brandon Marshall (hamstring) on the shelf.
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