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Broncos' Joseph Jones: Limited Wednesday
Jones (triceps) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Jones avoided IR to start the season while recovering from a triceps injury, but he was still expected to miss several weeks due to the injury. While it seems unlikely that Jones makes his return this weekend, his return to practice, even on a limited basis, is certainly a good sign for his recovery.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Andy Janovich: Will be limited in practice
Janovich (pectoral) will practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Janovich is still waiting to make his 2019 debut. His absence doesn't directly affect the fantasy realm, although he's leaned on to open up holes for Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Andrew Beck will continue to serve as the team's fullback until Janovich can return.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Bryce Callahan: Gets limited work Wednesday
Callahan (foot) will be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
This foot injury has been nagging Callahan for a while now, and this is the first time he'll be with the team to start a practice week. Callahan is expected to play a major role in the secondary once he's healthy, and time is of the essence with a matchup versus Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Todd Davis: Full speed ahead
Davis (calf) will be a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Davis was able to work in a limited fashion ahead of last week's game versus the Bears, and he's starting preparation for Sunday's game versus the Packers at full speed. He was an instrumental member of the Broncos' defense last year with 114 tackles, and Davis will be an important factor in slowing down the Packers' backfield, which has totaled 253 scrimmage yards thus far.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Drew Lock: To resume throwing soon
Lock (thumb) is expected to begin throwing again next week, Ryan Koenigsberg of the Broncos' official site reports.
Lock will be eligible to practice in Week 6 and -- if the team elects to have him back -- could return to the active roster in Week 8. If the rookie second-round pick returns to the roster, he would very likely steal the backup job from Brandon Allen and could even see some snaps as the starter depending on how the team and Joe Flacco are playing at that point.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Courtland Sutton: Comes up clutch in loss
Sutton caught four of seven passes for 40 yards during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.
Those flying high on Sutton's big-time Week 1 were probably disappointed to see Sutton wait until the fourth quarter before linking with Joe Flacco, but the game still managed to provide some promise. Facing do-or-die on fourth-and-10 and fourth-and-3 during Denver's final drive, Flacco looked Sutton's way for back-to-back conversions. Emmanuel Sanders is still the go-to target on the team -- and possessor of both of the Broncos' touchdown receptions thus far this season -- but Sutton is closing in fast.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' DaeSean Hamilton: Held to 15 yards
Hamilton caught two of six targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.
Twenty yards in two games is probably not how Hamilton expected to start the season after showing promise as an underneath slotman at the end of last year. Targets haven't been the issue. At one point Sunday, Joe Flacco targeted Hamilton on three consecutive attempts. The problem has been converting as Hamilton has been able to catch just 40 percent of his targets thus far this season. Sunday brings another tough test against a suddenly stout Packers defense.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Devontae Booker: Phased out on offense, returns
Booker did not record a touch and did not return a kick during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.
Booker did not log a single offense snap Sunday and, while he was in on 14 special-teams plays, he seems to have been replaced at kick returner by Diontae Spencer. Booker figures to be an emergency play only if Phillip Lindsay or Royce Freeman go down, and that may only be until Theo Riddick (shoulder) is activated off IR.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Jeff Heuerman: Snags four passes
Heuerman caught four of five passes for 21 yards during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.
Heuerman trailed rookie Noah Fant in snaps again this week, this time 54-38, but still managed to see the field on about half of Denver's offensive plays. He was involved early, catching three of his passes during the game's first two drives. He remains a solid underneath option for Joe Flacco in an offense that likes to throw it to the backs and tight ends, but is unlikely to put up the kind of numbers warranting fantasy consideration.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Noah Fant: Leads tight ends with 54 snaps
Fant caught all four of his targets for 33 total yards during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago. He led Denver's tight ends in offensive snaps with 54 -- 16 more than teammate Jeff Heuerman.
Fant jumpstarted a field-goal drive late in the third quarter, opening up the possession with a 24-yard deep grab. Though he's been criticized for his blocking, he's been a solid weapon to start the season -- four of his six receptions going for first downs -- and he has still yet to fully display the unique athletic profile that got him drafted in the first round. He probably isn't worth considering until those moments flash with more regularity, which will be tough Week 3 against a stingy Packers defense.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Brandon McManus: Connects on two attempts
McManus hit field goals of 43 and 32 yards during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.
McManus almost nixed Denver's comeback attempt with a missed PAT that was called back for offsides. McManus remains fairly automatic inside 50 yards, and -- though probably not ideal for Broncos fans -- continues to benefit from being on a team that consistently puts together drives, yet struggles once entering opponent territory.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Justin Simmons: Tough against Bears
Simmons recorded nine tackles during Sunday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.
Simmons was flying all over the field Sunday, drawing praise for both his tight coverage and run support. The turnovers haven't come yet, but Denver has been playing from behind for much of the start of the season. If and when the Broncos start getting leads, Simmons will be able to serve as the ballhawk head coach Vic Fangio envisioned this offseason.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Phillip Lindsay: Struggles again in Week 2
Lindsay carried the ball 13 times for 36 yards and caught four of seven targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears.
For the second straight game, Lindsay was less effective than Royce Freeman while seeing nearly equal touches with his fellow second-year RB. Lindsay has not shown the same dynamic big-play ability he did as a rookie, and he could fall decisively behind Freeman on the depth chart if he doesn't begin to produce.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Tops 100 scrimmage yards
Freeman carried the ball 11 times for 54 yards and caught five of seven targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears.
The second-year back outgained Phillip Lindsay both on the ground and through the air despite seeing one fewer touch than his backfield mate. Denver appears content to stick with a timeshare between Freeman and Lindsay for now, but if Freeman continues to be the more effective back, he could claim the starting job outright -- especially with the 0-2 Broncos looking for some kind of spark on offense.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders: Scores again in Week 2 loss
Sanders caught 11 of 13 targets for 98 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears. He also caught a two-point conversion.
The veteran receiver was once again Joe Flacco's top option in the passing game, with no other Denver player catching more than five passes. Sanders is clearly fully recovered from last year's Achilles injury, and while he hasn't topped 1,000 yards in a season since 2016, the 32-year-old is well on his way to getting there again.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Joe Flacco: Big volume, little results
Flacco completed 35 of 50 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears.
While the raw numbers are solid, Flacco's 5.8 yards per attempt indicates just how ineffective he was against a tough Chicago defense. Even so, the veteran QB nearly led the Broncos to an upset win, putting together a 12-play drive capped by a seven-yard TD strike and then a two-point conversion, both to Emmanuel Sanders, to put Denver ahead 14-13 with 31 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately, the Broncos' defense couldn't make it stick. Flacco will likely need to be sharper in Week 3 when the team travels to Green Bay for a showdown with Aaron Rodgers and the 2-0 Packers.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Juwann Winfree: Officially out Sunday
Winfree (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Bears.
The rookie sixth-round pick is officially a healthy scratch. This won't shake up the Broncos' offense since he's listed as the No. 4 wideout anyway, so expect Diontae Spencer to see a slight uptick on his snap count this week.... See More ... See Less
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