|Offense||20th||111.3 (14th)||242.7 (20th)|
|Defense||7th||127.7 (27th)||178.3 (4th)|
|48||Barrett, Shaquil||OLB||6-2||250||11/17/1992||3||Colorado State|
|35||Bibbs, Kapri||RB||5-11||203||1/10/1993||2||Colorado State|
|51||Davis, Todd||ILB||6-1||230||5/17/1992||3||Sacramento State|
|7||Davis, Austin||QB||6-2||221||6/2/1989||5||Southern Mississippi|
|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|
|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|
|29||Roby, Bradley||FS||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||FS||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|
|57||Watson, Dekoda||LB||6-2||245||3/3/1988||7||Florida State|
|36||Webster, Kayvon||CB||5-11||198||2/1/1991||4||South Florida|
|92||Williams, Sylvester||NT||6-2||313||11/21/1988||4||North Carolina|
|97||Winn, Billy||DT||6-4||300||4/15/1989||4||Boise State|
|67||Brenner, Sam (IR)||C||6-2||310||4/27/1990||4||Utah|
|96||Walker, Vance (IR)||DE||6-2||305||4/26/1987||8||Georgia Tech|
|Cliett, Reshard||OLB||6-2||222||4/29/1992||2||South Florida|
|55||Day, Dillon||C||6-4||299||10/17/1991||1||Mississippi State|
|68||Dora, Vontarrius||LB||6-4||256||9/7/1992||R||Louisiana Tech|
|84||Krieger Coble, Henry||TE||6-4||248||6/12/1992||R||Iowa|
|36||Murphy, Ryan||DB||6-0||214||10/14/1992||1||Oregon State|
|Raymond, Kalif||WR||5-9||160||8/8/1994||R||Holy Cross|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Picks that have signed are:
Fourth-round guard Terry Poole, fourth-round guard Mark Glowinski, sixth-round defensive end Obum Gwacham, fifth-round cornerback Tye Smith, sixth-round center Kristjan Sokoli and seventh-round safety Ryan Murphy.
Talib has long been respected for his ball skills, but he's now entering rarefied air. The pick six was Talib's fifth as a Bronco - setting a team record in just 32 regular season games. It also marked the ninth of his career, tying him for fourth all time with Pro Football Hall of Famers Deion Sanders, Ken Houston and Aeneas Williams.
Stewart's illegal hit on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton warranted the minimum fine amount for a first offense in 2016. The free safety will look to put the issue behind him as he prepares for a Week 2 tilt against the Colts.
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.
The Broncos' $14-million-per-year man has just one 100-yard game in his last 14 contests, including the playoffs, so these problems are clearly not just the result of new quarterback Trevor Siemian. Still, it's pretty clear that changes are needed in terms of Siemian's play and head coach Gary Kubiak's play-calling. The team has been hesitant and unsuccessful when throwing deep. Short passes have been more successful, but not consistently so. The screen game, which Thomas has excelled in throughout his career, led to a 44-yard completion in Week 2, but has also contributed to two interceptions to start the season.
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.
In fairness to Siemian, these frustrations are likely a continuation from last season's mediocre play from Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. Still, the Broncos have invested a boatload of money in Thomas and Sanders and have three 100-yard games combined between the two since Week 9 of last year to show for it. Siemian has deserved praise for his smarts and underneath accuracy through two weeks, but the team's red-zone struggles, Siemian's apparent unwillingness to throw deep, and ineffectiveness when doing so will be glossed over for only as long as the team wins. Once a low-scoring loss or two hits the team's record, there will be clamors for big-armed rookie Paxton Lynch.
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.
Cliett suffered an injury on the first day of full contact drills and hasn't practiced in two weeks. The former safety has bulked up since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of South Florida and is now considered a linebacker, but needs to build up reps and get on the field for games.
Nixon was Denver's seventh round pick in 2015, but he didn't dress for a single game during his rookie season. As training camp winds down, Nixon will have a chance to earn a 53-man roster spot if he can perform well in the team's preseason finale, Thursday against Arizona.
Davis stepped in in Week 14 when Trevathan sat out with a concussion and also racked up two starts in 2014. He tallied 21 tackles and a fumble recovery as a backup in 2015. Trevathan's departure leaves the Broncos with only Davis, Brandon Marshall and Corey Nelson in the middle, so expect some activity in free agency or the draft. Until then, pencil Davis in as a starter opposite Marshall.
The vote of confidence in Siemian doesn't necessarily serve as a knock on Lynch, who performed statistically better than Siemian in the preseason, albeit against lesser competition. Few would question that Lynch has the better physical skill-set, but he lacks where Siemian shines. Broncos coaches have praised Siemian's ability to handle a lot of information and control the line of scrimmage. When and if Lynch takes over this season will be dependent on when his ability to handle and process information rises to a level that his physical gifts push him over to the starting spot on the depth chart. Cementing the backup role to start the season should help in his development.
Last year's first-round pick was relentless while filling in for DeMarcus Ware, but it can't be said that it came out of nowhere. Ray was seen by some as a potential top 10 pick last year before an indiscretion involving marijuana pushed him down draft boards. Ray will have at least a few more weeks to shine with Ware out of the lineup and, given the Broncos' plans to keep Ware on a snap limit this season to begin with, it's quite possible that Ray will be able to sneak into the starting lineup in base packages even when the veteran returns.
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's fine for unnecessary roughness is the minimum amount for first offenses in 2016. The starting inside linebacker recorded six tackles (six solo) Week 1, and he'll look to have even more of an impact Sunday against the Colts as he puts the fine issue behind him.
Taylor and rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch just missed on at least one other deep throw - which could have potentially made Taylor's big night even bigger. Taylor has made a name for himself as a big-bodied deep threat, but his first touchdown was a simple curl route in which he shook off a tackle and picked up the additional 45 yards or so after the catch. It's hard to imagine Taylor not making the team at this point and contributing early in red-zone packages to take advantage of his long frame.
Money and special teams contributions likely made a difference in the decision between Bibbs and Hillman, but the youngster showed some ability on the ground. Bibbs' 138 preseason rushing yards led the team. He'll be third in the pecking order for carries behind C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker in what should be a run-heavy offense.
Lynch was listed as probable due to a back injury. He's been dealing with the issue all season, but has been able to play through it.
Chris Matthews, who was listed as questionable, will also attempt to play. He's dealing with a hamstring injury.
The Bengals didn't give Anderson much room to work with on Sunday as the Broncos, instead, chose to air it out in the win. Anderson's still clearly the top back, no other ball carrier coming within 10 carries of him, but it was telling that head coach Gary Kubiak chose to pass for two touchdowns inside the seven yard-line, Anderson's typical stomping grounds, and run quarterback Trevor Siemian on an unsuccessful sweep on a two-point try. Anderson has a tough test coming up next week against Tampa Bay, but should be counted on for a rebound performance.
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.
The pass, a deep corner down the left sideline late in the 4th quarter, gave a glimpse as to why Denver drafted him in the third round of the 2015 draft. Heuerman clearly has the ability to stretch the field, but it's fair to wonder whether he'll be able to secure more than a bit role in the short term once starter Virgil Green comes back. Heuerman's torn ACL last year and hamstring trouble in training camp have limited his reps in the offense. John Phillips provides a veteran backup to Green, making Heuerman - seen as the potential starter earlier in camp - the No. 3 at the moment.
Phillips got the start in place of the injured Virgil Green and responded with his first catches of the season. Whether he gets many more remains to be seen. Phillips didn't receive so much as a target while in reserve duty during Weeks 1 and 2 and Green shouldn't be out for much longer. The young Jeff Heuerman could also snatch away any targets that would otherwise go to Phillips as he flashed some big-play potential in his first career action on Sunday.
McManus nailed field goals of 23, 43, 33 and 35 yards on Sunday, his lone blemish being a 54-yard miss following the game's opening drive. With Denver's offense, again, having plenty of success in the middle of the field, but some struggles as they approach the goal line, McManus should be called on often this season.
Frazier looked solid in extended action against Arizona, including a stretched out catch near the sideline. Frazier was one of Paxton Lynch's favorite targets while they were both playing at Memphis and Frazier could be a candidate for the practice squad so that he can try to develop in a similar way as former undrafted free agents Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor.
Kreiter, 24, was cut by the team last August. He has yet to see the field in the NFL.
“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.
Keo rejoins the team just a few days after they parted ways. The safety was suspended for the first two weeks of the season but is now able to take the field again. He'll compete with rookies Justin Simmons and Will Parks for a backup safety position.
Sambrailo has missed the first two games of the season with an elbow injury, but is nearing a return to the field. Fellow offensive lineman Donald Stephenson is expected to miss multiple weeks with a calf injury, so Sambrailo's return is much needed and he could be called upon to move into the starting lineup once healthy. We should see his status updated again later in the week.
Ware was given a 4-to-5 week timetable for return after undergoing surgery on his forearm less than two weeks ago, making the announcement that he won't play on Sunday unsurprising. Look for Shane Ray to see added time in Ware's absence once again.
Miller has now notched at least one sack in each game to start the season, giving him five in just three games. In addition, he also has 12 tackles and a forced fumble as well, as he's on his way to putting up another elite season as a part of the dominating Broncos' defense.
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."
With just 88-yards receiving through two weeks, it's hard to blame the big-play receiver. Two growing trends must be especially frustrating for the speedster. One, the team hasn't taken many shots down field, and has struggled while doing so. Two, Sanders has started each game hot - only to freeze for the final three quarters. Seven of Sanders' eight catches thus far have been caught during the first 16 minutes of the game.
The Dolphins also released center Sam Brenner and running back LaMichael James, while signing center Jacques McClendon and promoting tight end Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad.
Webster had been designated as doubtful Friday after two limited practices but was ruled out Saturday.
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.
All signs out of Denver had indicated Fowler would be ready to go this week, despite the fact that he logged three consecutive limited practices. This will be Fowler's first game action since suffering a fractured elbow in mid-August, so his role in the offense is a bit of a question mark at this point. In all likelihood, the second-year wideout will find himself behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in the pecking order for targets.
The Broncos ran a fullback dive on third and short in the second quarter simply in an attempt to pick up the first. After a missed tackle and a little wiggle, however, Janovich was off to the races. The rookie fullback probably wasn't the safest bet to score the team's first touchdown of the season, or to score many more, but head coach Gary Kubiak has long valued the position and has featured it far more prominently in his offense. Don't be surprised if more is in store for this year's sixth-round pick.
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.
Green has not practiced in two weeks, so him being ruled out of Week 4 doesn't really come as a surprise. With him sidelined for a second straight game Sunday, veteran John Phillips and rookie Jeff Heuerman should handle the Broncos' tight end duties once again.
It was a step up for Booker, who fumbled on his first career carry in Week 1 and touched the ball just twice more for the rest of the game. Head coach Gary Kubiak hinted that the heat during Sunday's game contributed to Booker's bump in play, so expect single-digit touches more often than not in the short term. However, if he continues to perform the way he did on Sunday, the rookie might earn his way to a more even split of duties as the season wears on.
Thompson has shown that he can produce at the NFL level, but given the Broncos' depth at running back, the 24-year-old will have to at least begin the season on as a member of the practice squad. Thompson accrued one start last season, but the three-year vet only totaled 48 yards on the year. There is a chance that Thompson will make his way on Denver's active roster during 2016.
Wolfe came into the game with a neck injury, but he was just fine as he helped the Broncos harass Andrew Luck all afternoon. He had a great year in 2015 playing in Wade Phillips' defense, as he was in the top-10 in tackles among defensive linemen. He certainly has room to improve as part of an elite 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.
Latimer will have the added responsibility of returning kicks to go along with his role is the fourth receiver on the team's depth chart. Jordan Norwood will assume punt returning responsibilities. The 23-year-old is entering his third season with the Broncos.
Ward went to the sidelines after suffering a neck injury early in the game but has since returned to the field. The aliment will be something to keep an eye on with Will Parks likely to see increased snaps if Ward continues to be hampered by the injury.
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