|Offense||27th||92.8 (27th)||230.3 (21st)|
|Defense||4th||130.3 (28th)||185.8 (1st)|
|Austell, Erik||C||6-3||301||//||R||Charleston Southern|
|Barnett, Dante||DB||6-1||193||6/14/1993||R||Kansas State|
|48||Barrett, Shaquil||OLB||6-2||250||11/17/1992||4||Colorado State|
|Carter, Jamal||DB||6-1||218||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|51||Davis, Todd||ILB||6-1||230||5/17/1992||4||Sacramento State|
|55||Day, Dillon||C||6-4||299||10/17/1991||1||Mississippi State|
|68||Dora, Vontarrius||LB||6-3||256||9/7/1992||1||Louisiana Tech|
|Edebali, Kasim||LB||6-2||253||8/17/1989||4||Boston College|
|Ekanem, Ken||LB||6-3||257||4/8/1994||R||Virginia Tech|
|20||Forsett, Justin (FA)||RB||5-8||195||10/14/1985||10||California|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||3||Michigan State|
|Gafford, Thomas (FA)||LS||6-2||244||1/29/1983||10||Houston|
|99||Gotsis, Adam||DT||6-4||287||9/23/1992||2||Georgia Tech|
|Harris, Shelby||DE||6-2||290||8/11/1991||2||Illinois State|
|Henderson, De'Angelo||RB||5-7||208||11/24/1992||R||Coastal Carolina|
|Henderson, Carlos||WR||6-1||191||12/19/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||3||Ohio State|
|Lang, Cedrick||TE||6-9||255||5/12/1992||R||Texas-El Paso|
|Langley, Brendan||CB||6-0||199||10/16/1994||4||No College|
|58||Miller, Von||OLB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||7||Texas A&M|
|11||Norwood, Jordan (FA)||WR||5-11||180||9/28/1986||8||Penn State|
|61||Paradis, Matt||C||6-3||300||10/12/1989||3||Boise State|
|90||Peko, Kyle||NT||6-1||305||7/23/1993||1||Oregon State|
|Peko, Domata||DT||6-3||325||11/27/1984||12||Michigan State|
|19||Raymond, Kalif||WR||5-9||160||8/8/1994||1||Holy Cross|
|29||Roby, Bradley||CB||5-11||194||5/1/1992||4||Ohio State|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty||T||6-5||315||3/10/1992||3||Colorado State|
|10||Sanders, Emmanuel||WR||5-11||180||3/17/1987||8||Southern Methodist|
|Sharp, Hunter||WR||5-11||198||4/25/1994||1||Utah State|
|31||Simmons, Justin||SS||6-2||202||11/19/1993||2||Boston College|
|Sloter, Kyle||QB||6-4||218||2/7/1994||R||Northern Colorado|
|26||Stewart, Darian||FS||5-11||214||8/4/1988||8||South Carolina|
|88||Thomas, Demaryius||WR||6-3||229||12/25/1987||8||Georgia Tech|
|70||Turner, Billy||G||6-5||310||10/17/1991||4||North Dakota State|
|96||Walker, Vance (FA)||DE||6-2||305||4/26/1987||9||Georgia Tech|
|Walker, DeMarcus||DE||6-4||280||9/30/1994||R||Florida State|
|Watson, Menelik||T||6-5||315||12/22/1988||5||Florida State|
|97||Winn, Billy||DE||6-4||300||4/15/1989||5||Boise State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Talib was involved in a shooting incident in June of 2016 during which he clipped himself in the leg. He will be required to undergo a firearm safety course, but will not receive a suspension or fine for the incident. Talib was ranked the league's No. 1 cornerback by Pro Football Focus entering Thanksgiving weekend last season, despite missing three games with a lower-back injury, and is a big reason why the Broncos were the NFL's best pass defense last year with 185.8 yards allowed per game through the air.
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.
Though he needed some time for his troublesome hips to heal, Thomas should be ready to participate in most or all of the Broncos' offseason program. He hinted he has a plan to avoid future problems of a similar nature, saying "I'll be on top of it," when asked if he thought his hips would be an issue during the upcoming season. The larger concern is Denver's quarterback play, with Thomas coming off a 2016 season in which he had his lowest marks for receptions (90), receiving yards (1,083) and touchdowns (five) since 2011, despite playing all 16 games for a fifth straight year. The team is expected to hold a competition between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, hoping that both players' increased experience -- in addition to an improved offensive line -- will at least push the Denver offense back toward the middle of the NFL pack.
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.
The defensive tackle heads to Denver after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Bengals. Peko has been an ironman on the field as he has not missed a contest since 2009. He'll join his cousin, Kyle Peko, on the defensive line in Denver and the two will likely compete for reps as the starting nose tackle.
The Broncos had a Henderson advocate in their war room in the form of new special teams coordinator Brock Olivo, who served as the rookie's position coach at Coastal Carolina in 2013. Henderson missed time in 2016 with a shoulder injury, but still managed to rank seventh in the FCS with 16 rushing touchdowns. Over the past three seasons, he has averaged 1,345 yards on 6.3 yards per carry, along with 17 rushing touchdowns per season. Despite his short, stout frame, he still managed to run a 4.48 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Expect for him to first start under Olivo's wing on special teams, but don't be surprised if Denver uses a player of his diminutive size and speed in the passing game. Mike McCoy utilized similarly statured, unsung players such as Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver in San Diego with notable success, and Henderson averaged about three catches per game in college.
Siemian won the starting job in Denver in 2016, beating out first-round rookie Lynch. Entering 2017, both Siemian and Lynch need to learn the new offense being implemented by offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. After startign 14 games last season, Siemian is the favorite to win the job again, though he'll need another strong outing in OTAs and training camp to solidify that position.
Norwood's punt returning ability was an asset during the Broncos' Super Bowl run, and he even set a Super Bowl record for longest punt return. That element of his game became a liability in 2016 as he fumbled five times down the stretch, losing three. Two of those losses came in Denver's overtime defeat against the Chiefs in Week 13. Norwood was the Broncos' third most prolific wide receiver in 2016, a title that carries little weight given his competition. Based on his issues with ball security in 2016 and younger options available, it wouldn't be a surprise if Norwood's days in Denver are over.
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.
Davis started for Denver last season after former starter Danny Trevathan left via free agency, and Davis will expect to start once again in 2017. He had 97 tackles and three passes defensed in 16 games in 2016.
Lynch was drafted in the first-round of the 2016 draft but lost out to Trevor Siemian for the starting role last year. Head coach Vance Joseph has stated that the competition won't begin until training camp, but it's anticipated that OTAs could play a role in the final decision. Both Lynch and Siemian will have to learn new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's offensive system, and the player who ends up starting could be the one who learns the system the fastest this spring.
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.
Butt is still on the mend from a torn ACL suffered in the Orange Bowl, but Derby -- and the rest of Denver's tight ends -- are on notice as the 2016 Mackey Award winner joins the roster. Of the bunch, Derby arguably has the greatest opportunity to complement, as opposed to be threatened by, Butt. Acquired midway through last season in a trade with New England, the former Arkansas quarterback provides a level of quickness and receiving ability not shared by fellow incumbents Jeff Heuerman and Virgil Green. Derby caught at least four passes in three of five games in Denver before his season was cut short due to a concussion.
Charles' sights remain set on a full return at training camp, but for now he'll be forced to watch his fellow running backs from the sidleline at OTAs. Knee injuries have plagued Charles' production throughout the past two seasons, so he'll need to prove that he's not too beat up at this point in his career. Devontae Booker and rookie De'Angelo Henderson will also battle the veteran for touches behind C.J. Anderson.
Kerr was able to practice in full heading into the weekend, so his availability comes as no surprise in Week 15.
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 appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos in 2016 after spending the entirety of the 2015 campaign on the team's practice squad, ultimately collecting 16 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns while serving in a depth role at wide receiver. It's possible he could push for the No. 3 job this summer given Denver's lack of talent behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the depth chart.
Paradis had two surgeries on his left hip following the 2016 season and is expected to miss the entirety of training camp recovering. The 27-year-old center has proven to be more than durable as he has yet to miss a start for the Broncos over the past two years. Look for more updates on his status to come throughout the summer as the preseason nears.
The Broncos signed Jamaal Charles (knee) to a modest one-year contract and drafted De'Angelo Henderson in the sixth round, hoping to add some explosiveness in the backfield without sacrificing significant resources. The offseason moves hint at some degree of confidence in Anderson and Devontae Booker, both of whom struggled last year behind a lousy offensive line. Perhaps more important than the additions at running back, Denver signed former Cowboys guard Ronald Leary and drafted offensive tackle Garett Bolles at No. 20 overall. The team also replaced former offensive coordinator Rick Dennison with the more pass-happy Mike McCoy, but limitations at quarterback suggest the team will still aim for a balanced approach. While tentatively expected to regain the lead role, Anderson will need to fend off competition for touches by proving he's regained the explosiveness that was missing in his injury-shortened 2016 campaign. He only had one carry of 20-plus yards prior to suffering a season-ending torn meniscus in Week 7, though it's worth noting that Booker didn't have a single carry of 20-plus yards all year on 174 attempts.
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.
As if the Ohio State - Michigan rivalry couldn't get any tenser, the Buckeye alum, Heuerman, will have to start making moves to fend of Michigan's Butt. Heuerman lost his rookie season to a torn ACL and, though he played sparingly in 2016, didn't seem to inspire the front office who, since midway through last season, has added both A.J. Derby in a trade and drafted Butt. Butt is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Orange Bowl, so he is unlikely to make major strides until the season begins. Still, while Heuerman flashed some big-play ability by averaging 15.7 yards per catch in 2016, he's going to have to do a lot more to emerge atop Denver's logjam at tight end.
Walker (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) is a stocky end who lacks ideal length and athleticism, but his production was of an elite grade at Florida State. He finished the 2016 season with 16 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss, and now he should get groomed for an eventual starting role opposite Shane Ray.
McManus will spend at least another season in Denver, this time making $2.75 million, a significant raise for the kicker compared to last season. In 16 games last year, McManus converted 29 of 34 field-goal attempts and 32 of 33 extra-point attempts.
The former seventh-round selection beat the odds and put together a quality nine-year career. His breakout season came in his seventh year in the league in 2014 when he grabbed hold of the starting role for the Ravens and responded with 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging a strong 5.4 yards per carry. He did bounce around between three teams last season and went through this entire offseason without a new contract, which ultimately led to him opting for retirement. Forsett finishes his career with 20 total touchdowns and a 4.7 yards-per-carry average.
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.
Barrett has been a quality backup linebacker for the Broncos the past two years, recording 86 tackles, including 7.0 sacks, and six forced fumbles in 32 games. He'll likely be a top backup once again in 2017.
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.
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.
McCoy served as the Broncos' offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012 before passing his system on to Adam Gase, who directed the Denver offense in 2013 and 2014. Sanders joined the Broncos in 2014 and immediately enjoyed what still stands as his finest season, catching 101 passes for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns on 141 targets -- all career-high marks. He fell far shy of those marks in Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison's more run-oriented offense the past two seasons, but the change probably had more to do with quarterback play than scheme. While it appears Sanders will again have to catch passes from Trevor Siemian and/or Paxton Lynch, the return of McCoy -- in combination with an improved offensive line -- does justify optimism that Denver's passing game will take a big step forward from last season. Sanders should be healthy for offseason workouts, as he played in the Pro Bowl in late January despite injuring his foot in Week 17.
Anderson was carted off the field in the regular-season finale due to a neck injury, but it doesn't appear as though the issue will prevent him from playing again. He had 14 tackles and two forced fumbles while playing primarily special teams in 16 games in 2016.
The fifth-year back has played in 52 NFL games, including three starts, with the Ravens and Jaguars since 2012. Most recently he spent time with the Jets, but landed on injured reserve due to a hamstring issue, forcing him to miss the entirety of the 2016-17 season.
Fowler had a 76-yard scoring reception in Week 13 against Kansas City, but he was otherwise a non-factor throughout the 2016 season, finishing with only 11 catches for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 targets. He might get a shot to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job, as Denver will head into the draft with a thin depth chart behind its standout duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
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 spent the preseason with the Eagles but reached an injury settlement with the club just before the beginning of the regular season. The wideout will try and secure a spot on the Eagles' depth chart this offseason as he brings plenty of explosiveness and a solid route-running ability.
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.
When Green signed a three-year extension two seasons ago, the idea was that he'd move on from his blocking role and become the kind of receiver that he was in college to help replace Julius Thomas. Just 34 catches and two touchdowns later, that doesn't seem to be panning out. Green now enters a contract year as the elder statesman surrounded by young, toolsy players including A.J. Derby, Jeff Heuerman, and Butt. No one in the bunch has emerged as sure-fire competition for Green's starting job in 2017, but the numbers are slowly moving away from Green's favor.
Head coach Vance Joseph received quality intel before selecting Henderson in the third round, his brother, Mickey, serving on the Louisiana Tech staff last season. Henderson certainly helps provide the "juice" Joseph said that the offense needed earlier this off-season. Henderson ranked fifth in the nation with 1,535 receiving yards and tied for first with 19 receiving touchdowns in Louisiana Tech's pass-happy offense and followed his in-season performance up by running a 4.46 at the combine. Henderson was particularly potent on quick-hitters and screens in college and, perhaps most impressively, led all collegiate receivers with 48 missed tackles in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus - the runner-up tallying just 26.
Booker, like many elements of Denver's offense, had an inconsistent 2016 - failing to average four yards per carry in 10 of 16 games. He ended on a high note in Week 17 with 109 total yards and two scores and, after Denver didn't spend a premium pick on a running back in the draft, the presumption was that he and C.J. Anderson would split carries as they did early in 2016. The addition of Charles certainly shows that the front office is looking to improve the team's backfield production, but it also doesn't necessarily push Anderson or Booker out. Charles, as far back as 2014, has ceased being a bellcow back - often spelled that year by Knile Davis. Charles has just 106 touches in the two seasons since due to injury and is now on the wrong side of 30 years old. It is possible that he explodes onto the scene and changes the dynamic of Denver's rushing attack, but it is far too early to tell.
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.
Exercising Roby's option was a commitment to defense for the Broncos, as him and fellow cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris are huge reasons why Denver ranked first in the NFL with 185.8 passing yards allowed per game last season. Expect Roby to have another strong season in 2017-18, given that he can stay healthy.
Just three years ago, Latimer looked like a combination of size and speed that was destined to do big things in Denver's passing offense. Instead, he's nabbed just 16 passes and one touchdown in three season and enters a contract year as more of a value on special teams than on offense - not exactly what one would hope for from a second-round pick. A more wide open attack under new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy may conjure up some of the production Latimer enjoyed in a spread offense at Indiana, but it's perhaps even more likely that Latimer will be playing football elsewhere sooner than later.
Previous reports expressed optimism Butt would be ready to go by the start of the regular season, but even the rookie himself admitted such a timeline for his return is "ambitious". While prospective fantasy owners might be discouraged by the possibility he begins the year on the PUP list, such a scenario may not be all that bad in the long run. Not only would it allow Butt an extra six weeks to get back into game shape, it would also allow him to get up to speed within the Broncos offense after missing out on OTAs and the majority of training camp.
Edebali hasn't missed a game since coming into the league three years ago and racked up 54 tackles, eight sacks, three passes defensed, and one forced fumble along the way. He projects as a rotational linebacker for the Broncos behind Von Miller, Shane Ray, and Shaq Barrett.
Langley is a former Georgia transfer who ended up earning a Senior Bowl invitation after playing at Lamar. He was one of the better Combine performers at cornerback, posting a 4.43-second 40, 35.5-inch vertical, and 123-inch broad jump at 6-feet, 201 pounds.
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.
Nicknamed "the human joystick," McKenzie led the SEC in punt return yards with 244 in 2016 and returned five punts and one kickoff for touchdowns during his three-year collegiate career. After showing off his ability at the NFL Combine with a 4.42 40-yard dash and the second fastest three-cone drill among receivers, expect Denver to find ways to move him all around the formation like Georgia's coaches did. McKenzie was primarily a returner during his first two seasons before tallying 633 yards and seven touchdowns on 44 catches in 2016. He also carried the ball 19 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
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.