|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|
|Brock, Tramaine||DB||5-10||188||8/20/1988||9||Belhaven College|
|20||Carter, Jamal||SAF||6-1||215||4/12/1994||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|28||Charles, Jamaal (FA)||RB||5-11||199||12/27/1986||11||Texas|
|Cracraft, River||WR||6-0||198||//||1||Washington State|
|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|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||4||Michigan State|
|99||Gotsis, Adam||DT||6-4||287||9/23/1992||3||Georgia Tech|
|96||Harris, Shelby||DE||6-2||290||8/11/1991||4||Illinois State|
|33||Henderson, De'Angelo||RB||5-7||208||11/24/1992||2||Coastal Carolina|
|11||Henderson, Carlos||WR||5-11||198||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|
|Kelly, Chad||QB||6-2||224||3/26/1994||1||Ole Miss|
|14||Latimer, Cody (FA)||WR||6-2||215||10/10/1992||5||Indiana|
|Leslie, Jordan||WR||6-1||205||10/31/1991||1||Brigham Young|
|58||Miller, Von||LB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||8||Texas A&M|
|Moore, Jordan||DB||6-3||225||12/13/1993||1||Texas-San Antonio|
|17||Osweiler, Brock (FA)||QB||6-7||240||11/22/1990||6||Arizona State|
|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||DT||6-3||325||11/27/1984||13||Michigan State|
|29||Roby, Bradley||DB||5-11||194||5/1/1992||5||Ohio State|
|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||SAF||6-2||202||11/19/1993||3||Boston College|
|26||Stewart, Darian||DB||5-11||214||8/4/1988||9||South Carolina|
|88||Thomas, Demaryius||WR||6-3||229||12/25/1987||9||Georgia Tech|
|Thomas, Jhaustin||DE||6-5||282||4/13/1993||1||Iowa State|
|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|
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.
Harris played just eight games over his three seasons, notching 14 tackles and one sack. However, in the 2017 campaign, Harris suited up for 16 contests, racking up 34 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three pass breakups. He could battle his way to a heightened role in 2018 as well, since DE Jared Crick is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 14.
Coming off a down season, Thomas may have been worried the Broncos would ask him to take a pay cut, but general manager John Elway said it wouldn't be an issue. True to his word, Elway exercised the option Tuesday, shortly after it was reported that Case Keenum will sign with Denver. Even if Keenum can't match his breakout 2017 campaign, he's a significant upgrade on Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, giving the 30-year-old Thomas a real shot at a bounce-back season. The Broncos also are expected to retain Emmanuel Sanders, but the rest of the offense is rife with question marks, including the future of lead back C.J. Anderson.
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.
Henderson took a Paxton Lynch screen and bolted up the sideline for a 29-yard score in the season finale against Kansas City, giving fans a sense as to why his teammates call him "Hop." Henderson was often the odd man out this season as Denver rode C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker while rotating in Jamaal Charles. Anderson and Charles will almost certainly be out of the equation in 2018, giving the Coastal Carolina product the opportunity to potentially serve a change-of-pace role behind Booker. The Broncos' sixth-round pick showed some sizable potential in the preseason, averaging 6.5 yards per carry through the first two games before heading into Vance Joseph's doghouse with ball-security issues. If he's able to minimize mistakes while keeping his big-play potential, he could be a meaningful contributor in Denver in 2018.
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.
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.
Joseph merely is stating the obvious, after the Broncos signed Case Keenum to be their starter and traded Trevor Siemian (shoulder) to the Vikings. Given how bad he's looked in limited action since being selected 26th overall in the 2016 draft, Lynch ultimately may face competition for the backup job from 2017 seventh-round pick Chad Kelly (wrist) and/or a rookie from the upcoming draft. The Broncos don't seem especially likely to add another veteran signal-caller, as they still need to address weaknesses at right tackle, tight end and the No. 3 receiver spot.
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.
As expected, Ray will be shut down for the Broncos' final two games after undergoing his third surgery on his left wrist in four months last Friday. Rather than playing through pain while the Broncos are already removed from playoff contention, Ray will instead turn his focus to rehabbing the injury and regaining strength in his hand. Shaquil Barrett is expected to move into a starting role opposite Von Miller at outside linebacker while Ray is unavailable.
The Broncos never really seemed to have a sound plan for the shifty veteran, who ended up with a team-leading 4.3 yards per carry. He had 10 touches in each of the team's first three games, and then never cracked double digits again and didn't record a carry after Week 13's loss in Miami. It well could have been a situation of too many cooks in the kitchen as Denver tried to ride C.J. Anderson, develop Devontae Booker, and feature Charles all at the same time. By season's end, it was Charles who was forced out of the equation. It was an imperfect year with his boyhood team, and if Charles plays again in 2018 it will almost certainly be outside of Denver.
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.
Osweiler lit up the hapless Colts in relief in Week 15, coming in for an injured Trevor Siemian and completing 70 percent of his passes, two scoring throws, and a big touchdown run. That was as good as the season got for the Arizona State product. He lost all four of his starts and failed to complete 58 percent of his passes or score multiple touchdowns in any other game. Osweiler was a necessary signing to start the season as he came on the cheap and was familiar with former offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's scheme. With McCoy gone and Osweiler likely looking to get paid, his time in Denver is likely over -- again.
Nearly half of Taylor's production, six catches and 65 yards, came in the season finale. Taylor didn't even dress for the first few weeks of the season, head coach Vance Joseph rationalizing the decision by stating that Taylor did not offer much on special teams. By season's end, Taylor's primary contribution to the team was as a punt returner. Denver would, ideally, prefer to have a punt returner in 2018 that has a little more wiggle than Taylor, but look for him to potentially take Cody Latimer's role of special teams gunner and big-bodied red-zone target in 2018.
Leary landed on the IR this week due to a back injury. However, he will just need rest and rehab to get himself ready for the 2018 season.
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 tender effectively gives Paradis a considerable pay raise considering he'll now earn $2.94 million in 2018 after taking home $615,000 in base salary last season. While Paradis is technically still available to negotiate contracts with other teams, any team who extends him an offer sheet would then also have to fork over a second-round pick to the Broncos should Paradis sign the offer. It seems unlikely another organization would surrender that much capital for Paradis' services.
Anderson was one of the few bright spots for the 4-12 Broncos last season, finishing with a career-best 1,007 rushing yards and recording four touchdowns over 16 games. Despite Anderson's improved health and quality production, the Denver offense was still a disaster due to poor play at quarterback, a position the team plans to upgrade this offseason, likely through free agency. In order to free up the money necessary to make a serious run at one of the top quarterbacks on the market, the Broncos may opt to release Anderson, who carries cap hits of $4.5 million for the next two seasons. While those figures aren't totally unreasonable for Anderson, the team has younger, cheaper backup options on hand in the form Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson, both of whom might be able to handle larger roles in 2018 without the Broncos losing much effectiveness on the ground.
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.
With the Broncos trading Aqib Talib to the Rams on Thursday, Harris becomes the de facto No. 1 cornerback in Denver. The 28-year-old will look to improve on a career worst 40 tackles in what was an off year for the entire Broncos team in 2017. Bradley Roby is currently slated to take over Talib's role as the cornerback opposite Harris.
Heuerman put up eerily similar numbers to 2016, nine catches for 142 yards in 2017 as compared to nine catches for 141 yards in 2016. The big difference was that he manged to score his first two career touchdowns this season, nearly three years after being drafted in the third round out of Ohio State. Heuerman has flashed, at times, his ability to split safeties and make big plays like his 54-yard touchdown against the Colts in Week 15. He hasn't made those plays with any level of consistency though and faces a contract year in 2018 in which he looks to potentially start the offseason behind 2017 fifth-round pick Jake Butt and Austin Traylor, an undrafted free agent who ended up getting starter-level snaps at points during the season.
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, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, has spent most of his playing career with his hand in the dirt but was forced into more of a stand-up, outside linebacker role during his rookie season in Denver. His effectiveness took a hit as a result and the Florida State product accrued just seven tackles and one sack over 10 games. Moving back to his natural defensive end position should allow Walker to be much more of an IDP asset in 2018 and beyond.
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.
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014, the 25-year-old outside linebacker averaged 41 tackles and 3.7 sacks per season without missing a game the past three years. He's good enough to warrant a multi-year deal with significant guarantees, but it's unlikely any team would surrender a second-round pick for the right to give him that contract. Barrett thus figures to be back in Denver for at least one more season, though he may have to share snaps with 2015 first-round pick Shane Ray (wrist).
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.
Coming off a shocking breakout season, Keenum joins another team with a potent wideout duo and promising defense, though it's still an overall downgrade in supporting cast. This doesn't preclude the Broncos from using an early draft pick on a quarterback, but it's safe to assume Keenum will get the Week 1 start. Denver still appears to need a tight end, a No. 3 receiver and a couple more starting-caliber offensive linemen.
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.
Miller had a strong first half to the season with eight sacks, but has only two sacks over the last seven games. The Broncos being blown out on a seemingly regular basis certainly limits passing situations for opposing offenses, but nonetheless Miller will aim for a strong finish against division rival Kansas City in Week 17.
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.
With the Broncos eager to open up cap space to aid their pursuit of one of the top quarterbacks on the market this offseason, Sanders and fellow wideout Demaryius Thomas have been mentioned as candidates for trade or release in order to free up money. Elway's comments suggest the Broncos aren't leaning in that direction, however, indicating that the team may prefer to cut a high-priced veteran or two on defense in order to improve their cap situation. Sanders, who is said to be nearly back to full health following months of rehab from a significant right ankle sprain that nagged him in 2017, should thus retain a starting role during the upcoming season, though like Thomas, his outlook will remain foggy until the Broncos' plans at quarterback become clearer. None of the three signal callers who started games in 2017 -- Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian (shoulder) and Brock Osweiler -- are expected to open the 2018 campaign atop the depth chart.
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.
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.
The Broncs may hope to sign Fowler for less than the minimum RFA tender, but it's also quite possible they're just looking to go in another direction. Regardless of where he ends up, Fowler will have a tough time matching his role from last season, when he set personal bests across the board with 29 catches for 350 yards and three touchdowns on 56 targets. His poor efficiency marks -- 51.7-percent catch rate, 6.3 yards per target -- suggest he was a bit overmatched as a No. 3 receiver.
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.
A 2017 third-round selection, Henderson missed his entire rookie season while recovering from surgery on a torn thumb ligament, and then was arrested in January for possession of a controlled substance. Broncos general manager John Elway said the team is still excited about the young wideout, hoping he can earn a key spot on a depth chart that lacks proven talent behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. With Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor all uncertain to be back with the team, Henderson may end up competing with rookies and/or offseason additions for the No. 3 job. Of course, the Broncos will need to land a major upgrade at quarterback if said role is going to have much relevance in the fantasy world. A suspension could negatively impact Henderson's bid for the job.
Kelly, the final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was never activated during his rookie campaign after a ruptured wrist suffered in his final season at Mississippi prevented him from taking the field. With a full year to recover, Kelly is expected to face no limitations during training camp and could jockey for a second- or third-string role for a Broncos squad that could notice substantial roster turnover at quarterback. None of the three signal callers that made starts for the Broncos in 2017 -- Trevor Siemian (shoulder), Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch -- provided much hope that they could be long-term solutions at the position.
The numbers look like Booker took a step back in 2017, but that's mostly because he was the lead back for much of 2016 with C.J. Anderson on injured reserve and Anderson came back to have a career-best year in 2017. Booker, in more limited opportunities, averaged almost a full yard more per touch, 5.27 yards to 4.28 yards, in 2017 as compared to his rookie year. There's still work to be done and the stats don't live up to some of the highlights Booker was able to put up this season. The Broncos recently fired longtime running backs coach Eric Studesville in what can be seen as an effort to better develop the team's young stable. Denver will certainly add options in the offseason, but with C.J. Anderson quite possibly out the door, Booker will likely be Denver's elder statesman in the backfield and the favorite to carry the load in 2018.
Elway's comments mimicked what was suggested earlier Wednesday by head coach Vance Joseph, who said he "absolutely" wants to see Wolfe with the Broncos in 2018 and beyond, according to Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com. Wolfe, who signed a four-year, $36.7 million contract extension with Denver in January 2016, was placed on injured reserve shortly after suffering a neck injury Nov. 26 against the Raiders, finishing the season with 31 tackles and two sacks in 11 contests. He was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis, but despite the severity of that condition, the 28-year-old Wolfe dismissed the possibility of retirement. While he could remain limited or unavailable for the Broncos' offseason program, Wolfe is expected to be back to full strength by the end of training camp and settle back into a starting role at defensive end.
Parks has already been seeing extended snaps in five- and six-defensive back packages throughout the season, but he should see an even larger role with Simmons out of the mix. With the increased playing time should come heightened outputs in the tackles category, and more opportunities to create turnovers as well. Through the Broncos' first 13 games, Parks has registered 40 stops (30 solo) and three pass breakups.
Roby was set for a heightened role with Aqib Talib (suspension) sitting out, and he showed it by adding three pass breakups. With Talib returning in Week 14, though, Roby will likely be relegated to his previous depth role.
A 2014 second-round pick, Latimer caught 35 of 61 targets for 445 yards (7.3 YPT and three scores in 45 games for the Broncos, but he at least was a useful contributor on special teams, which could be the key to earning a roster spot in New York. His best-case scenario is the opportunity to be part of a competition for the No. 3/4 receiver jobs.
Butt is seemingly ready to roll health-wise after redshirting his rookie season due to a torn ACL he suffered during his final collegiate game in January of 2017. With the recent release of Virgil Green, he currently sits No. 2 on the depth chart under Jeff Heuerman. However, Butt is the more prolific receiver between the two and should have plenty of opportunities to carve himself a role in the Broncos' offense this offseason. With that said, Denver is still expected to be in the market for explosive pass catchers and it isn't out of the question for the team to add other big-bodied weapons to its receiving corps via the draft or otherwise.
Langley is still looking to make his NFL debut after being picked in the third round of this year's draft. Pending any setbacks, it looks like he'll get his first chance Sunday against the Raiders, but expect him to primarily be deployed on special teams.
McKenzie, a dynamic do-it-all weapon in college, had his rookie season marred by muffled punts and mental errors. He was taken off punts in favor of 6-foot-5 wideout Jordan Taylor by season's end and struggled when given the opportunity to play on offense, failing to get out of bounds after a catch before halftime in Washington in Week 16, costing Denver a field goal attempt. McKenzie showed unique quickness at times during the season, but he's a long way from being more reward than risk. It'll be interesting to see how new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, given a full offseason, looks to develop him.