|Offense||28th||98.5 (22nd)||224.8 (26th)|
|Defense||3rd||112.7 (20th)||182.3 (1st)|
|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|
|4||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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|90||Peko, Kyle||NT||6-1||305||7/23/1993||R||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|
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.
Thomas not only turned in a largely inefficient night on the stat sheet, but also had a key fumble at the Chargers' 27-yard line with 3:43 remaining after gaining 13 yards on a reception. The Broncos trailed 21-10 at the time, making the miscue particularly untimely. The 10 targets Thomas saw were his most to date, but were only parlayed into a season-low 35 yards. The veteran wideout's YPC has also notably been in the single digits for two straight games, after he'd managed no less than 12.0 in that category in the first four weeks of the season. Thomas is still obviously a focal point of the offensive attack, however, and will try to bounce back against the Texas in Week 7.
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.
Siemian easily set a career high in pass attempts in a game in which the Broncos never held a lead. However, he averaged a paltry 4.6 yards per attempt while also taking a pair of sacks, although he did encouragingly stay away from turning the ball over. Siemian hasn't thrown an interception since Week 2 versus the Colts and has now completed a stellar 64.9 percent of his 151 pass attempts on the season. He's certainly been serviceable enough to win with, but couldn't generate consistent offense Thursday against a vulnerable Chargers secondary despite the return of starting tight end Virgil Green (calf). Siemian and the Broncos will look to rebound from their two-game losing streak when they take on the Texans in a showdown on Monday Night Football in Week 7.
The veteran was surprisingly second on the Broncos with seven targets, which also represented his season best in that category by far. Norwood's modest 39-yard output was also a high-water mark on the campaign, but it's important to note that the added involvement came on a night when Trevor Siemian threw a career-high 50 passes. Norwood has failed to record a catch in two other contests this season, so his limited fantasy value will continue to mainly stem from his special teams work.
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.
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.
Lynch's uneven stat-line flatters what was a rough first start for the first-rounder. He didn't deliver is lone touchdown of the game until the game was all but over and he was constantly under fire, absorbing six sacks and many more hits. Some of those sacks were the product of Atlanta taking advantage of Denver's shuffled offensive line, but others were due to Lynch's inability to get rid of the ball quickly enough. There were points in the game where Lynch showed off the rocket arm and escapability that made him a top pick, but he did nothing to threaten Trevor Siemian's hold on the starting job once his shoulder heals.
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.
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.
Okung was able to practice in a limited capacity both Friday and Saturday, so his expected active status Monday would complete his return from the concussion-like symptoms he experienced following Denver's Week 6 loss in San Diego.
The trend of rookie Devontae Booker eating into Anderson's touches once again manifested itself Thursday, with the latter seeing his carries drop for the second straight week. On the plus side, he equaled a season high in receptions, but Booker looked to be quicker and more decisive overall, something that certainly didn't escape the attention of the Broncos' coaching staff. It's impossible to predict how the Denver backfield will shake out week to week and the team's run-heavy approach is likely to afford both backs a decent workload. However, given Booker's emerging play, as well as the fact that Anderson has averaged 3.7 yards per carry or less in all but one contest this season, the latter's days as a primary back may be in the past.
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 was limited during Thursday's session to ensure his availability going into the weekend, when injuries to both Virgil Green (calf) and John Phillips (groin) leaves Denver's tight end situation in question. Although the rookie third-rounder has managed just one catch in both of his appearances this season, the Broncos' injuries at his position could seemingly help his fantasy stock Sunday against the Falcons.
A week after getting involved in the action with a score, Phillips went catchless for the third time in four games this season. Of more concern, he played just one more offensive snap than youngster Jeff Heuerman, 29 to 28. Expect the veteran's role to continue to be reduced as Heuerman finds his footing and starter Virgil Green nears his return from a calf injury.
The Denver offense wasn't on point Sunday with rookie Paxton Lynch under center, but McManus was able to remain relatively productive. Two of his kicks came from over 40 yards out with his longest coming from 46, and he's now tied for 7th in the league in field goals made. However, McManus has only attempted one kick from 50-plus this season, which may prevent him from joining the upper-echelon of fantasy kickers until further notice.
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 not expected to be able to return this week, so the designation comes as no surprise. The veteran has been held out since suffering a fracture in his right forearm Week 2, and will look to return Week 8 against the Chargers, though he will need to be able to participate in practice before doing so. Look for Shane Ray to get the start in Ware's place.
Miller has registered at least half a sack in each game this season, and he now has 7.5 on the season, giving him a legitimate chance to hit 20 by the end of the year. Although it's early in the campaign, he's an early front-runner for defensive player of the year honors.
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."
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.
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 just missed a big play in the closing seconds of the first half. Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch found him down the seam in tight coverage and Fowler was able to put his hands on it, but failed to bring it in. Fowler converted similar opportunities last year and is likely just getting back into the hang of things after missing most of the preseason with a fractured elbow. It's not too late for him to make a big impact, with the none of his teammates quite stepping up to claim the Broncos' No. 3 receiver role.
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 returned to the field after missing the last three games, but like the rest of his offensive teammates, couldn't generate much production. The tight end's involvement figures to see an uptick in coming weeks as he reintegrates into the offense. Green had encouragingly averaged 15.3 yards on his three catches in Week 2 versus the Colts, his last game prior to Thursday's.
Since a brief three-carry showing in Week 1, Booker's touches have ranged between five and 10 per game over the last five outings, averaging 4.9 YPC and gathering in eight of 11 passes for 65 yards. Meanwhile, No. 1 running back C.J. Anderson hasn't reached 4.0 YPC or 100 yards from scrimmage in any contest during that stretch. Due to the four-year, $18 million investment made in Anderson in the offseason, he likely isn't in danger of losing his job, but Booker appears deserving of an expanded role, at the very least.
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.
Although Latimer was able to clear the league's concussion protocol earlier in the week, but was unable to practice until Saturday, when he did so on a limited basis. His status is very much up in the air at this point, but more will be known regarding Latimer's situation as game-time nears.
Ward latched onto a Mohamed Sanu reception and tore it away for his second forced fumble in as many weeks. The enforcer safety, who is often deployed in a hybrid linebacker role, is second on the team with 27 tackles through five weeks - just one behind linebacker Brandon Marshall.