|Offense||17th||115.8 (12th)||208.3 (19th)|
|Defense||3rd||89.4 (5th)||200.6 (6th)|
|73||Barbre, Allen (FA)||T||6-4||310||6/22/1984||11||Missouri Southern State|
|48||Barrett, Shaquil||LB||6-2||250||11/17/1992||5||Colorado State|
|91||Boyette Jr., Paul||DT||6-1||310||12/16/1993||1||Texas|
|22||Brock, Tramaine||DB||5-10||188||8/20/1988||9||Belhaven College|
|20||Carter, Jamal||DB||6-1||218||4/12/1994||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|28||Charles, Jamaal (FA)||RB||5-11||199||12/27/1986||11||Texas|
|55||Chubb, Bradley||LB||6-4||269||6/24/1996||R||NC State|
|15||Cracraft, River||WR||6-0||198||11/1/1994||1||Washington State|
|21||Cravens, Su'a||DB||6-1||224||7/7/1995||2||Southern California|
|93||Crick, Jared (FA)||DE||6-4||285||8/21/1989||7||Nebraska|
|51||Davis, Todd||LB||6-1||230||5/17/1992||5||Sacramento State|
|99||Gotsis, Adam||DE||6-4||287||9/23/1992||3||Georgia Tech|
|17||Hamilton, DaeSean||WR||6-1||203||3/10/1995||R||Penn State|
|96||Harris, Shelby||DE||6-2||290||8/11/1991||4||Illinois State|
|33||Henderson, De'Angelo Sr.||RB||5-7||208||11/24/1992||2||Coastal Carolina|
|11||Henderson, Carlos||WR||5-11||191||12/19/1994||2||Louisiana Tech|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||4||Ohio State|
|39||Hunter, Michael||CB||6-0||192||4/19/1993||2||Oklahoma State|
|70||Jones, Sam||G||6-5||305||2/21/1996||R||Arizona State|
|Kelly, Chad||QB||6-2||224||3/26/1994||1||Ole Miss|
|1||King, Marquette||P||6-0||195||10/26/1988||7||Fort Valley State|
|19||Leslie, Jordan||WR||6-1||205||10/31/1991||1||Brigham Young|
|3||Marshall, Trey||DB||6-0||207||2/13/1996||R||Florida State|
|58||Miller, Von||LB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||8||Texas A&M|
|30||Moore, Jordan||DB||6-3||225||12/13/1993||1||Texas-San Antonio|
|61||Paradis, Matt||C||6-3||300||10/12/1989||4||Boise State|
|90||Peko, Kyle||NT||6-1||305||7/23/1993||2||Oregon State|
|94||Peko, Domata Sr.||DT||6-3||325||11/27/1984||13||Michigan State|
|29||Roby, Bradley||DB||5-11||194||5/1/1992||5||Ohio State|
|49||Rush, Marcus||LB||6-2||251||6/19/1991||1||Michigan State|
|10||Sanders, Emmanuel||WR||5-11||180||3/17/1987||9||Southern Methodist|
|31||Simmons, Justin||DB||6-2||202||11/19/1993||3||Boston College|
|28||Smith, C.J.||CB||5-11||189||5/10/1993||2||North Dakota State|
|26||Stewart, Darian||DB||5-11||214||8/4/1988||9||South Carolina|
|14||Sutton, Courtland||WR||6-3||218||10/10/1995||R||Southern Methodist|
|88||Thomas, Demaryius||WR||6-3||229||12/25/1987||9||Georgia Tech|
|77||Turner, Billy||T||6-5||310||10/17/1991||5||North Dakota State|
|57||Walker, DeMarcus||DE||6-4||280||9/30/1994||2||Florida State|
|75||Watson, Menelik||T||6-5||315||12/22/1988||6||Florida State|
|97||Winn, Billy (FA)||DT||6-4||300||4/15/1989||6||Boise State|
|41||Yiadom, Isaac||CB||6-1||190||2/20/1996||R||Boston College|
|53||Mount, Deiontrez (IR)||LB||6-5||253||2/26/1993||3||Louisville|
Stewart ended the year leading the No Fly Zone in interceptions. Stewart was the man over the top in recent seasons with T.J. Ward roaming underneath, but saw a more diversified role with a more coverage-savvy partner in Justin Simmons in 2017. Stewart made some uncharacteristic blown assignments that led to big plays for opponents in 2017 and his age, 29, will make some wonder if Denver should cut bait and look toward a youth movement at safety with Simmons, Will Parks, and Jamal Carter. The savings probably wouldn't match the loss in productivity as Stewart has showed himself to be a consistent cog in Denver's defense.
Peko was waived by the Broncos on Oct. 21 to free up roster space for offensive line depth. With defensive linemen Damata Peko (illness) and Adam Gotsis (ankle) questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders, the 24-year-old was called up for added depth. Peko has never played substantial defensive snaps, so even if he's called into the game Sunday, fantasy owners shouldn't consider him until they can see his potential.
Thomas tweaked his toe during Tuesday's session and is apparently dealing with some soreness. The wideout did indicate that he wanted to practice Wednesday, but it sounds like the Broncos opted to hold him out so he didn't experience a setback heading into training camp. Thomas shouldn't face any limitations by the time camp opens in late July.
Hunter assumes the 53-man roster spot of linebacker Shane Ray (wrist), who was placed on injured reserve. The 24-year-old cornerback has logged six regular-season appearances with the Giants over his two seasons in the league, including four games in 2017. Hunter will likely work in a depth role in the Denver secondary.
Peko was listed as questionable heading into the contest after missing the previous two games, but he will tough it out Thursday. The veteran will presumably resume his role as the team's starting nose tackle.
The Broncos will wrap up OTAs on Thursday before reconvening for minicamp June 12 though 14, so Henderson will likely aim to recover from the injury and get back on the practice field next week. Even if Henderson is limited during minicamp, the oblique issue doesn't appear to be anything that will result in him facing restrictions during training camp. Henderson will need a healthy and productive camp in order to earn a meaningful role in a Broncos rushing attack that's in transition following the offseason departure of lead back C.J. Anderson.
Dielman has been on the Bengals' practice squad since being waived by the Rams after the season opener. The rookie fifth-round pick should serve as a depth option on the interior of the Broncos offensive line.
Turner has been a depth lineman for Denver, but he was filling in as a starter at right tackle when he had his 2017 season cut short due to a hand injury. With the Broncos' offensive line in flux early in the free-agent portion of the offseason, Turner is expected to compete for a starting job at either guard or tackle.
For all the accolades the Broncos' "No Fly Zone" has earned in recent seasons, opposing teams have routinely exploited Denver's man-coverage-heavy tendencies by forcing the team's linebackers to play in space versus tight ends and running backs. Cravens, who has the size of a linebacker with a safety's speed, offers an answer. Though the Broncos play more zone nowadays, expect head coach Vance Joseph -- a Wade Phillips disciple -- to use Cravens in a similar manner as Phillips used Ward during Denver's Super Bowl run. That might include playing a traditional safety role, playing the slot or subbing in as a linebacker for Todd Davis in passing situations. It is not a stretch to think the Broncos could roll out a jumbo dime package with four safeties -- Cravens, Darian Stewart, Justin Simmons and Will Parks -- to combat multi-tight-end and two-back looks.
Garcia-Williams is mostly a special-teams player who notched two tackles as a rookie in 2017. The Hawaii product likely will serve in a similar capacity in 2018.
The Eagles were planning on releasing Barbre anyway while the Broncos didn't have to risk him getting plucked away by another team in free agency, so this transaction appears to be a win-win for both sides.
Davis was one of the Broncos' biggest unrestricted free agents to hit the open market and his return is great news for Denver. The five-year veteran has played in all but two games for the team over the past three seasons while serving as a starter at inside linebacker for the past two. He isn't an elite IDP prospect considering he's averaged only 89.5 tackles per game in that role, but he nonetheless remains on the fantasy radar ahead of the 2018 campaign.
Lynch has struggled to get off on the right footing in Denver but that doesn't mean the team is throwing in the towel just yet. After passing on a signal caller in the draft, Denver has made it clear that Lynch will reportedly battle Chad Kelly for the No. 2 quarterback spot behind Case Keenum. The 2016 first-rounder appeared in just two games last season.
The third-year pro took some reps with the first team throughout the preseason but ultimately failed to make the 53-man roster.
Bolles was initially expected to miss multiple weeks after he was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain and deep bone bruise in his lower leg following the Week 2 win over the Cowboys, but the offensive tackle progressed far quicker than even most optimists could have anticipated. The rookie was able to take the field for limited practices Thursday and Friday, which was enough to convince the Broncos' coaching staff that he would be ready to go for Sunday.
Ray underwent three such procedures in 2017 after initially injuring his wrist in training camp last summer. After seeking a second opinion on his sore left wrist Wednesday, the fourth-year linebacker will now undergo a fourth. His expected absence will allow rookie Bradley Chubb to open training camp as the starting outside linebacker opposite Von Miller.
Despite his plugger frame, McDonald has racked up at least five sacks in three of the past five seasons. Unlike in Tampa Bay, where he was a liability against the run, the Broncos are likely to deploy McDonald mostly in passing situations while some combination of Domata Peko, Kyle Peko, and Zach Kerr man the middle on base downs. The result might mean fewer snaps for McDonald, but better quality production. It could also mean that, after losing much of its interior rush following Super Bowl 50, the Broncos can count on McDonald, DeMarcus Walker, Shelby Harris, and Derek Wolfe to provide improved pressure up the middle.
With starting tailback Mark Ingram suspended for the first four games of the regular season, the Saints are looking at potential veteran options to work alongside breakout star Alvin Kamara. Charles is certainly on the downslope of what has been a successful NFL career, but he still could potentially offer up some productivity in a limited capacity. He appeared in 14 games with the Broncos last season and rushed for 296 yards on 69 carries.
Kerr sprained his ankle in Week 16 against the Redskins and didn't practice this week. He'll finish the 2017 season with 19 tackles, a half-sack and one PBU to his name. Both Demarcus Walker and Shelby Harris should take on expanded roles in Kerr's absence Sunday.
Simmons suffered a left high-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Jets, and although the injury was initially believed to be minor, it will cost him the final three games of the season. The 24-year-old finishes his second NFL campaign with 68 tackles (49 solo), a sack and two interceptions in 13 games. Will Parks will likely serve as Simmons' primary replacement at strong safety the rest of the way.
The deadline for the Broncos to guarantee Marshall's contract was Sunday, and with the team making no huge moves in free agency to address the defensive side of the ball, it was pretty clear that Marshall was coming back.
Taylor was already slated to miss OTAs, but it appears his issue will pass through minicamp in June and extend slightly into training camp. The third-year wideout saw 258 offensive snaps last season, but the additions of Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton during the 2018 NFL draft may diminish his outlook entering the 2018 campaign.
Head coach Vance Joseph expects Leary to be ready for training camp, but that doesn't mean he'll be full-go right out of the gates. Leary has 58 career starts under his belt, and that experience will be valued on the Broncos' offensive front this season. For now, however, Max Garcia will work in the left guard position.
Carter was a full participant at Wednesday's practice to avoid the questionable tag after starting the week not participating due to a shoulder sprain. The 23-year-old should serve as the primary reserve safety for the Broncos with Justin Simmons (ankle) placed on injured reserve.
Winn went down with a torn ACL in Thursday's preseason matchup against the Bears. The Broncos picked up undrafted rookie defensive tackle Nelson Adams in a corresponding move.
The Broncos gave Paradis the tender back in March, and while the center could have negotiated with other teams before signing it, he will now return to Denver for another season. With its signing now official, the center will earn $2.94 million in 2018.
Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Jackson could return to action in the postseason, if Atlanta defeat Carolina on Sunday.
If Harris earns every incentive, he'll receive $10.4 million, which would place him 12th among NFL cornerbacks. That ranking is a bit above his grade from Pro Football Focus in 2017 -- 83.5, which made him the 29th-ranked cornerback -- but his passer rating when thrown at was just 76.6. In the post Aqib Talib-era in Denver, Harris should surpass his tackle total (40) from a year ago due to his previous standard (he ranged from 55 to 65 tackles in his first six seasons) and ability to stay on the field (only one missed game in his career).
Klis' logic is essentially that, because Jake Butt -- the apparent future at the position for Denver -- missed all of his 2017 rookie season to a torn ACL, Heuerman should be considered 2018's de facto starter. The point is fair, but ignores the fact that teams start inexperienced players all the time and that Heuerman, who also tore his ACL ahead of his 2015 rookie season, hasn't done much in Mile High. Since being drafted in the third round in 2015, Heuerman has just 18 catches and, though he has proved to be dangerous up the seam, has never established himself as starter material. After a position shakeup at the end of last season, it was undrafted Austin Traylor who garnered more snaps than Heuerman, 179 to 139, during the final five games of the year. If Heuerman ends up as the team's starter it will be because he finally turned it on this offseason, not because he has provided any previous production to warrant the job.
A third-year tight end out of Albany, Parker hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2015, when he made nine appearances with the Chiefs. He'll get the opportunity to take part in the Broncos' offseason program and make his case for a roster spot in training camp next summer.
Walker weighed in at 280 pounds at the NFL Combine last year, but had to slim down to move to outside linebacker when the Broncos grew thin at the position. With Shane Ray healthy and Bradley Chubb now in the rotation, Walker should move back inside, where he tied for the NCAA lead with 16 sacks in 2016. Walker was a fish out of water outside last season, totaling just seven tackles and a sack in reserve duty.
McManus was like one of people whose luck turns bad after winning the lottery. He signed a big contract extension opening day and promptly shanked five of his first 13 field-goal attempts. He settled down a bit down the stretch, but he was notably less reliable from short range, missing on three of 20 attempts from 39 yards and in in 2017 after hitting all 39 such attempts in 2015 and 2016. Denver fired special teams coordinator Brock Olivo at season's end and brought in veteran Tom McMahon. It'll be interesting to see if the switch gets McManus back to being the kicker Denver thought it was paying top-dollar for at the beginning of the year.
Kreiter landed on the team's injured reserve in the latter portion of last season due to a calf injury. He appears to have undergone a full recovery, as he has been participating in training camp activities. He projects to be the team's long snapper heading toward the regular season.
A second-round pick of the Bills in 2014, Kouandjio failed to meet expectations during his first three seasons in the league, starting just seven of 27 career games before Buffalo cut him in May. The Alabama product was unable to parlay a training-camp stint with the Lions into a roster spot, but he'll get a look from a Broncos squad starved for depth at right tackle with Menelik Watson (foot) moving to season-ending injured reserve and Donald Stephenson (calf) uncertain to play Sunday against the Patriots.
Barrett is now under contract for one more season at a $2.9 million price tag. Though he remains behind Von Miller and Shane Ray on the depth chart, Barrett is a valuable piece of the Broncos' pass rush who collected 123 tackles with 11 sacks over the past three seasons -- while never missing a single game. However, Barrett won't be worthy of IDP consideration until he earns a starter's share of snaps.
Although Crick has dealt with a back injury since mid-August, the team remained optimistic he would be ready for the start of the season. He was unable to go Week 1, and it now appears the injury was more serious than originally thought. The 28-year-old is expected to undergo surgery to repair the issue. Adam Gotsis will now step up at defensive end with Crick out, while the team picked up Ahtyba Rubin to help provide depth.
Leslie opened the 2017 campaign on the Browns' practice squad before receiving a promotion to the 53-man roster and appearing in two games. He caught his lone target for 26 yards during his stint with Cleveland before landing on injured reserve and being released as part of an injury settlement. Leslie will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot in training camp with the Broncos this summer.
Patrick didn't see any NFL action during his rookie season after going undrafted out of Utah in April. He spent much of the campaign as a member of the Broncos' practice squad, with Patrick's performance apparently impressing the team's brass enough to keep him a part of their offseason program heading into the 2018 campaign.
Unlike last offseason, the Broncos are committing to an established starter -- Keenum -- which makes offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave a happy coach. "Case is working hard," Musgrave said. "It's a new system for him, it's a new system for everybody. Case is getting - exclusively - all the reps with the ones. We're not splitting them like you would if you didn't have an established starter, so he's getting more concentrated work, and it's paying dividends." The approach last year, when Trevor Sieman, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all had turns with the ones resulted in the Broncos ranking 20th in passing offense en route to a 5-11 record. The trio combined to throw 19 touchdown passes, 25th in the NFL. With Keenum locked in as the starter, the team's receivers can focus on building chemistry with just one quarterback during OTAs.
Traylor saw a mid-season promotion to the active roster and the Wisconsin product promptly saw the field for more offensive snaps than longtime starter Virgil Green. He faded down the stretch, but Traylor provides Denver with a flex tight end to develop alongside more traditional Y-tight end Jake Butt and, to a lesser extent, Jeff Heuerman. Traylor could be a No. 2 option at the position next season depending on how the offseason shakes out.
Two of Miller's three highest sack seasons were during the three-year stretch in which he and Ware were bookends. The other was Denver's championship run. Ware's talent as a player obviously contributed to that, but Miller has also often referred to Ware as a mentor. Ware joining the coaching staff could help both light a spark under Miller and improve his supporting cast after the star rusher tallied just 10 sacks in 2017, his career low when playing a full season.
The Broncos were in clear need of help at cornerback after the team shipped 2016 All-Pro corner Aqib Talib to Los Angeles. Brock isn't nearly the same caliber of player, but he'll help fill the void Talib leaves behind, particularly at the nickel position.
Veldheer has missed time with an ankle injury since joining the Broncos in March. Once he returns to the field, Veldheer is expected to compete for the starting role at right guard.
King led the NFL in gross yards per punt in 2013, his first season with Oakland. While he hasn't matched those heights (48.9 per) in the meantime, his marks have ranged from 44.5 to 47.4 in a given campaign. There have been various reasons mentioned for his release from the Raiders, but performance seemingly wasn't one of them. Expect King to find comfort in the thin air representative of the Mile High City.
The 24-year-old cornerback will work with his third team in as many years. He's only suited up for 13 games over the previous two campaigns, totaling 10 defensive snaps and two tackles. Entering into a deep secondary in Denver, Smith will fight for a reserve role.
There was some thought after the past season that Sanders may have taken his last snaps in Denver with the Broncos eager to clear up cap space, but the team found room to keep the wideout around after shedding Aqib Talib's contract in a trade with the Rams. Now that he's expected to be back in the fold for 2018, Sanders will look to prove to the Broncos that he's still an ideal complement to No. 1 receiver Demaryius Thomas after an ankle injury cost Sanders four games and limited him in many others during the 2017 campaign. In addition to better health, Sanders could see his production bounce back to some extent thanks to the offseason pickup of Case Keenum, who should amount to an upgrade over the three quarterbacks (Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler) that started games for Denver a season ago.
Watson had been slowed by a calf issue in recent weeks, but was able to suit up for Sunday's loss to the Eagles, only to sustain a foot injury during the contest. After signing Watson to a three-year deal in March, the Broncos had hoped that he would provide an upgrade at right tackle over Donald Stephenson (calf), but Watson's poor health seemed to affect his play, as the veteran had surrendered 7.5 sacks. The Broncos will sign offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to bolster their depth at the position.
Anderson has appeared in every game for the Broncos over the past two seasons and racked up 37 tackles with one forced fumble along the way. However, he's again set to return in a backup role with both Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis healthy and under contract for the 2018 season.
Mount tore his achilles during OTAs, effectively ending his 2018 season before it began. Barring he reaches an injury settlement with the club he'll remain on IR for the remainder of the season.
Bell is a 2015 fifth-rounder who showcased impressive athleticism at the 2015 combine -- starting with a 41.5-inch vertical jump and 4.42-second 40-yard dash. However, he'll likely need to make it on special teams in order to stick with Denver into the 2018 regular season.
An injured left ankle cost Janovich the final five games of the 2016 season. The Broncos didn't bring in any fullback competition during the offseason, so look for the Nebraska product to open training camp atop the depth chart.
With Williams gone, the Bengals lose some depth at defensive tackle behind Geno Atkins.
The incident in question occurred while Gotsis was a student at Georgia Tech in March of 2013. After turning himself in and posting bond Wednesday, potential charges and a court date are pending. As is tradition with such allegations, the NFL will allow the justice system to work itself out before levying any sort of punishment under the personal-conduct policy.
Henderson was stuck with the second unit during OTAs even though Demaryius Thomas (foot) and Emmanuel Sanders weren't participating. Rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton worked ahead of Henderson, suggesting the 2017 third-round pick is buried on the depth chart. Joseph's quote furthers the notion that Henderson hasn't made progress in his quest for finding a role within the Denver offense after missing his entire rookie season with a thumb ligament injury.
Although he's still nursing a wrist injury, the expectation is that Kelly will be 100 percent by the time training camp rolls around. With the Broncos opting not to draft a quarterback, Kelly will have the chance to earn the No. 2 spot behind Case Keenum.
The Broncos jettisoned C.J. Anderson this offseason, leaving Booker as the elder statesman in the running back room. Booker should still be the favorite for the lead job given his experience, but with just 3.6 yards per carry in two years, the Broncos sought reinforcements. Freeman will be the headliner, but the Broncos also added Arkansas' David Williams in the seventh round and local product Phillip Lindsay in undrafted free agency. That's 41 touchdowns worth of 2017 production that will be pushing Booker this offseason. It will be sink or swim for the 2016 fourth-round pick.
Wolfe has reportedly been dealing with nerve pain over the past two seasons, prompting the defensive lineman to undergo surgery on the right part of his neck back in February. Two months later, the 28-year-old appears to be fully recovered in time for organized team activities later this month. He'll now focus on returning to form on the field after a rather disappointing 2017 campaign in which he recorded 31 tackles and two sacks in 11 contests.
When the Broncos drafted Roby in the first round in 2014, it was widely assumed he would be the heir apparent to slot corner Chris Harris. As it turned out, Denver was able to keep Roby, Harris, and Aqib Talib together for four seasons, but with cap space at a premium, the Broncos elect to part ways with Talib and open up a bigger role for the youngster. During his four seasons, Roby has flashed some big-play ability, including two pick-sixes in 2016 and a key forced fumble during the divisional round of the team's Super Bowl run in 2015, but has also been burned more than a few times. He should get more opportunities in a contract year after playing less than 700 snaps each of the past three years.
Butt tore the ACL in his right knee twice while he was at the University of Michigan, with the second incident occurring in the Orange Bowl at the end of his senior season. Previously viewed as a likely second- or third-round pick, Butt fell to the fifth round (No. 145 overall) of last year's draft, ultimately landing with a team that had a clear need at his position. He began practicing in mid-October and initially was targeting a late-season debut, but the Broncos placed him on injured reserve in early November when he experienced renewed soreness in his knee. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph expects Butt to be a full participant in the offseason program, where the tight end will have his first chance to make a good impression as he looks to eventually beat out Jeff Heuerman and Austin Traylor for the starting gig. Of course, it won't come as any surprise if the Broncos select a tight end in the early or middle rounds of the upcoming draft, potentially complicating the situation.
It was somewhat of a surprise when the Broncos took Langley at the end of the third round out of Lamar in last year's draft. Head coach Vance Joseph, a defensive backs coach by trade, was drawn to his size and speed and ball skills from his time as a wide receiver at Georgia. He didn't get many looks as a rookie and, even with improvements, is unlikely to see the field much beyond special teams in 2018. Veteran Tramaine Brock figures to be the team's third corner behind Chris Harris and Bradley Roby and the defense has often featured a third safety -- likely Will Parks -- in dime situations. Short of beating out Brock, Langley will probably continue to develop behind the scenes with this year's third-round pick, Isaac Yiadom.
The reps came with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both resting, but the work is still somewhat surprising given McKenzie's error-filled rookie season. The former Georgia Bulldog ended up with more fumbles (six) than offensive touches (five). He might still be lower on the depth chart than rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton, but the fact that he appears to be ahead of fellow 2017 draft pick Carlos Henderson provides a solid early indication of his likelihood of making the team.