|Offense||16th||107.4 (17th)||248.1 (14th)|
|Defense||1st||83.6 (3rd)||199.6 (1st)|
|48||Barrett, Shaquil||OLB||6-2||250||11/17/1992||2||Colorado State|
|46||Brewer, Aaron||LS||6-5||230||7/5/1990||4||San Diego State|
|20||Bush, Josh||FS||5-11||205||3/5/1989||4||Wake Forest|
|51||Davis, Todd||MLB||6-1||230||5/17/1992||2||Sacramento State|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||1||Michigan State|
|68||Harris, Ryan||T||6-5||302||3/11/1985||8||Notre Dame|
|23||Hillman, Ronnie||RB||5-10||195||9/14/1991||4||San Diego State|
|58||Miller, Von||OLB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||5||Texas A&M|
|70||Myers, Robert||G||6-5||326||12/26/1991||R||Tennessee State|
|11||Norwood, Jordan||WR||5-11||180||9/28/1986||6||Penn State|
|17||Osweiler, Brock||QB||6-8||240||11/22/1990||4||Arizona State|
|61||Paradis, Matt||C||6-3||300||10/12/1989||1||Boise State|
|29||Roby, Bradley||FS||5-11||194||5/1/1992||2||Ohio State|
|10||Sanders, Emmanuel||WR||5-11||180||3/17/1987||6||Southern Methodist|
|90||Smith, Antonio||DE||6-3||290||10/21/1981||12||Oklahoma State|
|26||Stewart, Darian||FS||5-11||214||8/4/1988||6||South Carolina|
|88||Thomas, Demaryius||WR||6-3||229||12/25/1987||6||Georgia Tech|
|65||Vasquez, Louis||G||6-5||335||4/11/1987||7||Texas Tech|
|96||Walker, Vance||DE||6-2||305||4/26/1987||7||Georgia Tech|
|36||Webster, Kayvon||CB||5-11||198||2/1/1991||3||South Florida|
|92||Williams, Sylvester||NT||6-2||313||11/21/1988||3||North Carolina|
|91||Anunike, Kenny (IR)||DE||6-4||275||5/22/1990||2||Duke|
|31||Bolden, Omar (IR)||SS||5-10||195||12/20/1988||4||Arizona State|
|30||Bruton, David (IR)||SS||6-2||217||7/23/1987||7||Notre Dame|
|78||Clady, Ryan (IR)||T||6-6||315||9/6/1986||8||Boise State|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff (IR)||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||R||Ohio State|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty (IR)||T||6-5||315||3/10/1992||R||Colorado State|
|15||Williams, Kyle (IR)||WR||5-10||186||7/19/1988||5||Arizona State|
|Bibbs, Kapri||RB||5-9||203||1/10/1993||2||Colorado State|
|62||Day, Dillon||C||6-4||299||10/17/1991||R||Mississippi State|
|Murphy, Ryan||DB||6-0||214||10/14/1992||1||Oregon State|
|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 interfered with an confrontation between teammate Von Miller and the Colts' Dwayne Allen, whose eye the cornerback poked in the process. Now that the suspension is confirmed, the Broncos will be without both Talib and DeMarcus Ware (back) on Sunday against the Chiefs. In Talib's place, the Broncos will turn to Bradley Roby at cornerback, while Kayvon Webster will cover nickleback.
Mike Tolbert was a 250-pound unstoppable force rumbling down the field for an 11 yard gain in the second quarter. He then met an immovable object in Stewart, who dislodged the ball from the fullback. Stewart signed a modest one-year deal to come to Denver in the offseason and serve as the fourth part of the Broncos' "No Fly Zone." He responded with his best statistical season since 2011. Unless Stewart is willing to take a team-friendly deal, it is hard to imagine Denver being able to properly reward him for his efforts.
This move is a necessity now that left tackle Ryan Clady is likely lost for the season due to a torn ACL that he sustained in practice on Wednesday.
This move brings Harris back to the organization he started his NFL career with as he played with the Broncos, which drafted him in the third round, from 2007-2010.
Harris was with the Chiefs a year ago and started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in.
The 28-year-old barely made his presence felt on the season's biggest stage, suffering a decrease in receptions for the third straight postseason game. Thomas' tough afternoon was a combination of the Josh Norman's tight coverage in the secondary and a lack of time for Peyton Manning on several occasions. He also took a hard hit from Luke Kuechly in the first quarter that may have had a lingering effect on the receiver the rest of the game. Thomas was able to draw a key fourth quarter third-down pass interference penalty in the end zone on Norman that gave Denver new life, and eventually led to C.J. Anderson's decisive one-yard touchdown. The six-year veteran will head into the offseason with more questions than usual following a pedestrian second half of the 2015 campaign, but still figures to slot in as Denver's No. 1 receiver to start the 2016 season.
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).
Siemian will be in uniform Sunday as Brock Osweiler gets his first start of the season in place of Peyton Manning, who will not play because of a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. Osweiler has long been considered the quarterback of the future in Denver, so while Siemian is one step closer to playing he has no chance of competing for the starting job if Osweiler avoids injury.
Norwood hasn't played since Week 6, though after putting in a full practice on Friday, it was looking as if he may have been on track to play. Look for Denver to continue to rotate their backup receivers to pick up the slack in Norwood's absence.
Williams knows the territory. He started 13 of 16 games a year ago. He finished with 17 tackles and four assists.
"It's exciting because going into the offseason for the first time I'm pretty much a sure starter," he told 9News. "My coaches have shown a lot of confidence in me and given me the opportunities that I need, so it's up to me to take advantage of those opportunities."
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips certainly isn't complaining.
"I think 'Sly' has done an exceptional job," he said. "I feel real good about him. ... I think he's really taken over the nose guard position."
After putting in a limited practice on Wednesday, Trevathan practiced in full on Thursday and Friday. He'll be back in the lineup at inside linebacker after missing last week's game. On the season, he has 83 tackles to go with a pair of interceptions.
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.
Caldwell's sideline catch came on the Broncos' opening drive and helped set up a field goal lead that they never relinquished. Caldwell caught just 10 passes in 14 games in 2015, but recorded a reception in each of Denver's three playoff matchups. They may be his last as a Bronco. With Cody Latimer already on the books for 2016 and younger options to retain in free agency including Bennie Fowler and Jordan Norwood, Caldwell may be the odd man out.
Osweiler's practice Friday was his first full session since injuring his knee during Denver's regular season finale. Although he's since lost his starting quarterback position to Peyton Manning, Osweiler will at least be available as the Broncos' backup Sunday versus the Steelers.
He'll add depth at running back, and is at least worth keeping an eye on if he finds a way to take an active roster spot in Week 6 given the Broncos' struggles running the ball this season. C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, and Juwan Thompson are currently ahead of Bibbs on the depth chart.
Hillman was listed as probable due to a shoulder injury. He was never really a candidate to sit. The team will also have Lamin Barrow, Omar Bolden, Chris Harris Jr., Brandon McManus, Juwan Thompson, Louis Vasquez and Kayvon Webster. All seven players were listed as probable coming into the contest.
Also suiting up for Denver are offensive tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow), linebacker Lerentee McCray (illness), center Will Montgomery (knee), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ribs), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).
The third-year pro was named the starter heading into the game and was the clear-cut workhorse on the day, earning 90 tough yards against a talented Panthers front seven. The 23 carries were by far a season high for Anderson, who tallied 234 yards over three postseason games. He ripped off his game-long 34-yard run in the second quarter on the second play following a Mike Tolbert fumble, and impressively muscled his way into the end zone late in the fourth quarter for the deciding touchdown following Von Miller's strip sack of Cam Newton. Anderson was once again productive in 2015 as part of a timeshare in the Denver backfield, and likely goes into the offseason set to compete with Ronnie Hillman for starting duties once again in 2016.
Per the report, Harris is dealing with a deep-tissue shoulder bruise. While the issue -- which is described as "not insignificant" -- is not expected to require offseason surgery, it's the sort of ailment that causes Harris pain while engaging in such daily activities as brushing his teeth. In any case, Harris' availability -- albeit at less than full strength -- will be a plus for the Broncos defense on Sunday, as the team's secondary tries to contain New England's Tom Brady-led offense.
Heuerman -- a third-round pick in this year's draft -- hurt his knee back in May, but is making good progress on his way back from the injury.
"I wouldn't call them big strides," he said with a laugh on Thursday, "not literally, because they're actually pretty small strides—but I'm making progress."
Heuerman will likely miss the entirety of this upcoming season, but that hasn't put a damper in his recovery.
"Each day’s a bigger step, which it kind of sounds corny and it kind of sounds like I’m just saying that, but it really is," Heuerman said.
Williams missed all of last season after suffering an injury at the end of Kansas City training camp.
Unlike his first Super Bowl victory nearly a decade ago, Manning was much more of a secondary figure Sunday, largely managing the game while C.J. Anderson ran effectively and the Broncos defense wreaked havoc on Cam Newton and company. The five-time MVP's arm was not a liability, although Manning did not test it downfield often, with his longest completion going for only 25 yards. His one interception came with 4:23 left in the second quarter, when Manning failed to see the Panthers' Kony Ealy in front of Emmanuel Sanders at the Carolina 20-yard line. The miscue was notably Manning's first interception in his last 164 postseason passes. He also endured heavy pressure from an aggressive Panthers front, suffering five sacks and losing a fumble on a hit by Ealy at the Panthers 48-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Having now capped off a 2015 season marked by injury and persistent questions about his arm strength with a Super Bowl victory, the matter of Manning's willingness to play next season will remain a burning question until he addresses the matter definitively one way or the other. Further complicating the decision may be the fact that Manning has already been informed he will eventually need hip replacement surgery, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier this week.
McManus is pacing the postseason leaderboard with 23 points, which was powered by five field goals made in the divisional round against the Steelers. Including playoffs, he's posted an 88.1-percent success rate in that realm, a mark that would rank ninth among all kickers that logged a full 16-game slate in the regular season. Nonetheless, he'll have his work cut out for him in Super Bowl 50 against a Panthers unit that conceded the second-fewest points per game to kickers (6.0) in 2015.
The veteran tight end notably came up with an impressive 18-yard reception on the game's first play before essentially becoming a non-factor the rest of the way. The 33-year-old put together a solid season in his first Denver campaign, especially considering that he played with a physically compromised Peyton Manning and inexperienced Brock Osweiler. Daniels came close to duplicating his 2014 numbers in Baltimore, tallying 46 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns. Under the Broncos' control for two more seasons, Daniels will likely be brought back in 2016 as an effective veteran insurance policy at tight end.
Polumbus has played for the Broncos, Seahawks and Redskins in his career. With the Redskins, he played under Kyle Shanahan, who is now the offensive coordinator with the Falcons.
In his career, Polumbus has totaled 57 starts in 98 games.
The Broncos' primary kick returner and a key reserve on defense, Bolden suffered a sprained PCL during Sunday's win over the Steelers. The Broncos may turn to Emmanuel Sanders or Andre Caldwell to hand kickoff returns against the Patriots on Sunday.
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.
The former undrafted free agent has been with the Broncos for three years. Since being signed, he's played on every punt, field goal and extra point snap.
Ware ended any hopes of a big play to end Carolina's first half by nailing Cam Newton for a sack. Nearly an entire half later, Carolina was down two scores and in hurry-up mode. On 2nd and 10 Newton spun out, avoided Malik Jackson and found himself smothered by Ware for a 14-yard loss. Ware waited 11 years to make his first big playoff push and didn't disappoint. When Denver drafted Shane Ray in the first round and watched Shaq Barrett impress while Ware's back hampered him during the season, the veteran looked like a potential cap casualty. With 5.5 sacks in his final five games, however, Ware has changed the conversation.
The five-year veteran's dominant afternoon rightfully secured him MVP honors, making him only the 10th defensive player to receive the award, and third linebacker overall. Miller's two strip-sacks of Cam Newton provided immeasurable benefit to a Broncos offense that would have otherwise been hard-pressed to piece together multiple lengthy drives. Miller's first knockdown of Newton directly led to Malik Jackson's fumble recovery for a touchdown and gave Denver a first quarter 10-0 lead, while his fourth-quarter sack set up the Broncos offense at the Panthers five-yard line following T.J. Ward's recovery of the fumble that Miller's hit triggered. The All-Pro linebacker also successfully defensed a pass to Jericho Cotchery in the first quarter, and was a formidable nuisance to an overmatched Panthers' line throughout the game. With unrestricted free agency on the horizon and one final and momentous piece of leverage under his belt, Miller is set for a considerable payday under a new multi-year agreement or at the very least, through the franchise tag that the Broncos have already indicated they'll utilize to retain him in a worst-case scenario.
Bruton unknowingly played through a fractured fibula during Sunday's loss to the Steelers, but after a post-game MRI confirmed the extent of the injury, his season will come to an early end. With starting safeties T.J. Ward (ankle) and Darian Stewart (hamstring) both still injured, the Broncos signed Shaun Prater on Tuesday.
Clady tore his ACL this past Wednesday during an organized team activity practice. The Broncos signed Ryan Harris to the roster soon after announcing Clady sustained a season-ending injury.
The investigation is related to "multiple incidents dating back to 2010" in the state of Texas, according to the person making the accusation against Smith. The case was filed in Colorado in November but was moved to Texas.
Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey confirmed to TMZ that the child abuse division is handling the case against Smith but said that no charges have been filed.
Healey later told the Denver Post that his office has been investigating Smith for several weeks.
"It is true that the county sheriff's office has received a complaint from an individual," he said. "They are, and have been, conducting an investigation. ... My office is working with the investigating agency to review their information and further their investigation. There is nothing imminent."
The Broncos released a statement regarding the matter, reading, "Last night, we became aware for the first time of an allegation involving Antonio Smith. We are now in the process of gathering more information."
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 28-year-old led Denver in targets and receptions, taking advantage of the fact that Josh Norman's attention was focused primarily on Demaryius Thomas. Sanders made several key receptions throughout the game, and was the Denver's leading receiver in the postseason with 16 receptions on 24 targets for 230 yards. With Thomas struggling late in the regular season and postseason, Sanders was arguably the more effective of the two over the second half of the 2015 campaign. Coming off a second consecutive 1,000-yard season, he figures to once again serve as a centerpiece of Denver's offensive attack next season.
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.
Jackson pounced on Von Miller's first strip sack of Cam Newton, giving Denver a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. The team never looked back. Jackson didn't record a sack in the playoffs, and managed a modest five during the season, but established himself as a disruptive interior force. The Broncos locked up Jackson's other half, Derek Wolfe, and have Von Miller's contract to worry about, likely making Jackson one of the better free agent defensive linemen.
Webster had been designated as doubtful Friday after two limited practices but was ruled out Saturday.
An undrafted second-year man out of Michigan State, Fowler spent last season on Denver's practice squad, but made the team out of camp this year. He went unused in the first two weeks, but finished behind only Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in Week 3 wideout targets.
With Cody Latimer, Jordan Norwood and Andre Caldwell not much more than depth options, it could be that Fowler's working his way toward securing the No. 3 spot in the Denver wideout mix.
Hillman never moved more than three yards beyond the line of scrimmage and three of his five carries went for negative yardage. Running up against the likes of Kawann Short and Luke Kuechly will do that to a back, but Hillman's counterpart, C.J. Anderson, managed to collect 100 total yards. For the playoffs, Anderson totaled 273 yards and nine catches while Hillman was held to 61 total yards and one catch. Both are free agents this offseason and Anderson made the better final impression on Sunday.
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).
Make it back-to-back crucial games to end the season during which Davis was not targeted. Davis fell out of favor after making some critical drops in Weeks 14 and 15. Davis probably has a better chance to rebound with Brock Osweiler at quarterback than Peyton Manning, as Manning and Davis had less than two weeks of practice together before Manning went down with an injury, limiting his time to build chemistry with the veteran tight end.
Following a three-catch performance in Week 8, Green has been targeted just once in each of the past three contests. In Brock Osweiler's first game under center, head coach Gary Kubiak implemented his multi-tight end scheme to full effect, with 12 of 27 passes directed at tight ends. Eleven of those targets, however, went to Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis. Green saw the field just 26 times as compared to Daniels, 59, and Davis, 50, and is unlikely to benefit much from Denver's adjusted offense.
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.
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.
Active for 14 contests in his second NFL season, Latimer nonetheless earned 17 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps, which translated to six catches (on 12 targets) for 59 yards and one touchdown. His share of those snaps diminished even more in the team's two playoff tilts to date -- 16 of 142 snaps, or 11 percent -- but he secured all three passes directed his way for 31 yards. Although he's unlikely to make a significant dent in the Super Bowl box score, stranger things have happened in the big game.
If not for Von Miller doing his best Lawrence Taylor impression, Ward would have had a pretty strong case for Super Bowl 50's MVP. In addition to thwarting a Carolina drive into Broncos' territory with a pick and scooping up Miller's second strip sack to all but put the game away, Ward helped keep Greg Olsen in check to the tune of 41 yards. Sure, Ward almost gave the ball back to Carolina after fumbling his interception, but history will remember him as a key cog in Denver's "No Fly Zone" and a force in Denver's dominant defensive victory.
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