|Offense||11th||143.0 (3rd)||212.7 (20th)|
|Defense||4th||59.7 (1st)||203.3 (11th)|
|73||Barbre, Allen||T||6-4||310||6/22/1984||10||Missouri Southern State|
|48||Barrett, Shaquil||OLB||6-2||250||11/17/1992||4||Colorado State|
|20||Carter, Jamal||DB||6-1||215||4/12/1994||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|51||Davis, Todd||ILB||6-1||230||5/17/1992||4||Sacramento State|
|91||Edebali, Kasim||LB||6-2||253||8/17/1989||4||Boston College|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||3||Michigan State|
|99||Gotsis, Adam||DE||6-4||287||9/23/1992||2||Georgia Tech|
|96||Harris, Shelby||DE||6-2||290||8/11/1991||3||Illinois State|
|33||Henderson, De'Angelo||RB||5-7||208||11/24/1992||R||Coastal Carolina|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||3||Ohio State|
|6||Kelly, Chad||QB||6-2||224||3/26/1994||R||Ole Miss|
|58||Miller, Von||OLB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||7||Texas A&M|
|17||Osweiler, Brock||QB||6-7||240||11/22/1990||5||Arizona 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|
|94||Peko, Domata||NT||6-3||325||11/27/1984||12||Michigan State|
|29||Roby, Bradley||FS||5-11||194||5/1/1992||4||Ohio State|
|78||Rubin, Ahtyba||NT||6-2||310||7/25/1986||10||Iowa State|
|10||Sanders, Emmanuel||WR||5-11||180||3/17/1987||8||Southern Methodist|
|31||Simmons, Justin||SS||6-2||202||11/19/1993||2||Boston College|
|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|
|77||Turner, Billy||G||6-5||310||10/17/1991||4||North Dakota State|
|57||Walker, DeMarcus||DE||6-4||280||9/30/1994||R||Florida State|
|75||Watson, Menelik||T||6-5||315||12/22/1988||5||Florida State|
|93||Crick, Jared (IR)||DE||6-4||285||8/21/1989||6||Nebraska|
|11||Henderson, Carlos (IR)||WR||5-11||198||12/19/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|56||Ray, Shane (IR)||OLB||6-3||245||5/18/1993||3||Missouri|
|97||Winn, Billy (IR)||DE||6-4||300||4/15/1989||5||Boise State|
|55||Day, Dillon||C||6-4||299||10/17/1991||1||Mississippi State|
|17||Sharp, Hunter||WR||5-11||198||4/25/1994||1||Utah State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Stewart tweaked his groin in the season opener and was limited in practice leading up to this game. He'll have a full workload ahead with a tough Cowboys' offense coming to town, so expect a modest fantasy contribution.
The Broncos defensive line took a major hit this week with Jared Crick (back) being placed on injured reserve, and Zach Kerr (knee) is also questionable to play against the Cowboys on Sunday. Peko was only away from the team for a week after being waived a week ago and could see an influx of snaps with Denver currently thin up front.
Thomas was slow out the gate on Sunday, failing to register his first reception until late in the first half, but picked up the pace with three catches of over 20 yards on the day. Though they came in a losing effort, those plays down field are a good sign from Thomas as Denver's new offense under Mike McCoy is capable of lulling defense to sleep underneath before popping a shot down field. Look for such opportunities to continue, not soon enough for Denver fans.
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 were run-heavy on Monday and were successful in ways seldom seen in 2016. The fact that Henderson, who impressed through the preseason until some fumbling issues late, didn't get in on the fun is discouraging as touches will only get harder to come by once Devontae Booker (wrist) returns to the fold, possibly over the next few weeks.
There were points early during Sunday's game in which it looked like Siemian might be able to feast on rookie corner Tre'Davious White. Then it all unraveled with White and E.J. Gaines both picking off Siemian, the White interception depriving Denver of points during what was looking like a scoring drive. Overall, Denver's offense featured a lot of the same problems seen last year - namely turnovers and having to settle for field goals in the red zone. Siemian, for all the praise he has earned early this season, has sported five turnovers in just three games. He'll need to improve significantly if Denver hopes to beat Oakland next weekend.
Turner suffered an ankle sprain during OTAs this summer but has fully recovered and will be active for Week 1's matchup with the Broncos.
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 signed a one-year free-agent tender with the Broncos this offseason. The 25-year-old sat out the team's first preseason game while nursing a shoulder injury. Assuming his health, he is expected to start opposite Brandon Marshall at inside linebacker come Week 1.
The Broncos' decision not to place Lynch on the Physically Unable to Perform list suggest the team believes the quarterback will be healthy in time to return by Week 7, but it seems likely that he'll at least miss a few games while he recovers from the shoulder injury. Until Lynch is cleared to begin throwing, it will be difficult to project when he'll be available to dress again, but the Broncos won't have much need for him anyway with coach Vance Joseph committing to Trevor Siemian as his starting quarterback earlier in training camp.
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 is currently recovering from a torn ligament in his left wrist. John Elway, the Broncos' General Manager, indicated Monday he expects Ray to return against the Chiefs in Week 8.
There was some concern about Derby during the preseason as he slipped to third on the depth chart. It didn't matter once the lights came on as he led the Broncos' tight ends in targets Monday. Given his ability to play inside and outside in formations and his rapport with Trevor Siemian dating back to late last year, expect Derby to be Denver's top receiving threat at tight end this season.
After playing second fiddle to Anderson for the first two weeks of the season, Charles stepped in and delivered a couple of big plays as Anderson was held mostly ineffective. In particular, Charles' 12-yard touchdown dash in the second quarter featured the same quick feet, balance, and surprising toughness that Charles showed back in his heyday in Kansas City. It's easy to get excited and wonder how Charles' workload might increase after Sunday's performance, but it's also worth weighing that against Anderson's overall strong start to the season and the impending return of Devonta Booker, who might come back as early as next week. Look for Denver to continue to feature Charles as a valuable change of pace, but it's doubtful that he'll start logging lead-back-type touches as Denver looks to conserve Charles' talents.
Kerr has been sidelined the first two weeks of the regular season due to a knee injury, but appears to be recovered from the issue. Barring any setbacks, he is on track to take the field and provide depth at defensive end for Sunday's game against the Bills.
It is possible that Ward returns to the team on a reduced contract after testing the market elsewhere, but, if not, look for Simmons to take his place. Much more of a roaming center fielder than Ward's in-the-box enforcer role, Simmons recorded 30 tackles, a sack, four passes defended and two interceptions as a backup and sub-package specialist last season. He made his biggest mark on special teams, blocking a would-be extra point in New Orleans that was returned by fellow safety Will Parks for a Broncos win.
Marshall missed some practice back in June, but was never in danger of missing any regular season games. Expect him to anchor Denver's defense as they take on the Chargers in Week 1.
Lynch was among Denver's first batch of inactives due to a sprained throwing shoulder, leaving Osweiler saddled with backup duties in the regular-season opener. He's poised to hold down the spot during Lynch's recovery, but If Siemian ever hits the sideline for some reason, Osweiler would earn his first snaps as a Bronco since Week 17 of the 2015 season.
Taylor made the Broncos' 53-man roster out of training camp as a sixth receiver, but with the team enduring few personnel losses at the position due to injury, his services haven't been needed yet. Even if he is made active for future gamedays, Taylor likely wouldn't be in store for an abundance of offensive snaps.
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.
Paradis will be eased back into action at the start of training camp, while the Broncos proceed cautiously with their center. Paradis was already medically cleared earlier this month, having recovered from multiple hip surgeries this offseason.
Anderson, much like Denver's offense as a whole, had a tough outing on Sunday. A 32-yard run aside, Anderson was averaging less than a yard per carry against a dinged-up Buffalo front. Jamaal Charles ended up with more carries and as many touches as Denver sought answers and after a pair of nice games to start the season, Anderson's standing may be in a bit of question. It's way too early to panic after a tough day against a good defense, but Devonta Booker is scheduled to return to the backfield as soon as next week. It remains to be seen what effect, if any, that might have on Anderson's workload.
As it has over the past two seasons, Denver's defense will be relied on to generate some points as a result of the team's shaky quarterback situation. Often overshadowed by Aqib Talib -- an all-time great at returning interceptions for touchdowns -- Harris is finally garnering national attention and demonstrated Thursday that he can also be dynamic with the ball in his hands.
The salary suggests Williams won't be kept on the practice squad for long, likely either joining the active roster or getting cut free entirely within the next few weeks. The 2016 fifth-round pick was one of the most surprising cuts of the past weekend, as it had been expected that he'd serve as the top backup to LeSean McCoy in Buffalo. The Broncos seemingly have a deep backfield with C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles, De'Angelo Henderson and eventually Devontae Booker (wrist) in the mix, but nobody in the bunch is a safe bet to remain effective all season.
Walker had been dealing with a hip strain since mid-August, but seems to be fully healthy with Week 1 right around the corner. The 22-year-old could be in for an increased role in the early part of the season with Shane Ray (wrist) out at least eight weeks on injured reserve.
McManus later hit a 50-yard field goal that was nullified by a Dallas penalty, so there's hope that McManus doesn't have a case of the yips. That said, the Kid has missed two of his first three official field goal attempts to start the season after inking a lucrative extension. His reputation is that of a fantasy starter, but keep McManus on a short leash in the coming weeks.
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.
Rubin is expected to help add depth to the battered defensive front in Denver. It is unclear how much the Broncos will use Rubin when he is active, but it's unlikely he'll be summoned enough to be an IDP threat.
The logic of placing Ray on IR, according to general manager John Elway, is that the Broncos have a bye and play their seventh game on a Monday night -- reducing Ray's absence to six games as opposed to eight. Among the options the Broncos will count on opposite Von Miller, Barrett is the only familiar face. A better run defender than rusher, Barrett can still get to the passer as evidenced by his 5.5 sacks in 2015, a season in which he filled in as a starter for -- you guessed it-- six games.
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.
As expected, Miller's knee issue didn't turn out to be anything serious. The veteran outside linebacker should be able to play against the Bills on Sunday and will look to continue producing after recording his first two sacks of the season in Week 2.
Trevor Siemian was looking at Sanders early and often on Sunday including a nice 29-yard pass downfield, Sanders' longest play of the season. Though Demaryius Thomas gets much of the press in Denver, Sanders leads the two in targets 28 to 25 through three weeks and a chemistry is clearly present between he and Siemian. The next step will be to free Sanders downfield, as just over 10 yards per catch is far too little for a player of his speed. Sunday's 29-yard gain and a 40-plus-yard gainer that just missed are positive steps toward that end.
Mount was placed on injured reserve by the Colts during the preseason before eventually being released. However, his absence from Thursday's injury report indicates the linebacker has fully recovered from his undisclosed injury and will be active for Monday's tilt with the Chargers.
Fowler was removed from last week's game against the Cowboys when he staggered to the ground shortly after getting up from a head-first collision with the field turf. Despite the scary-looking nature of the incident and a lack of practice time this week, Fowler passed through all phases of the NFL's concussion protocol and looks primed to reprise his role as the club's No. 3 wideout. Fowler has two touchdowns to his name already, but with only four catches for 29 yards on seven targets, his fantasy outlook is still fairly dim.
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.
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.
The Broncos are hoping Gotsis' sprain isn't serious, as starting defensive ends Jared Crick (back) and Derek Wolfe (ankle) are both on the shelf with injuries of their own. Gotsis will presumably undergo further testing and more information on his condition should be available in the coming days.
The Broncos were on the ropes after a series of turnovers late in the fourth quarter before Virgil Green helped take the Broncos into the red zone with a huge 44-yard gain up the seam. Green has always been more of a blocker than receiver, but Mike McCoy likes to get the tight ends involved in the passing game. Expect Green to get a look or two downfield each game.
A 2017 third-round pick, Henderson missed the final two preseason games and likely would've been buried on the depth chart to start the year. Rather than using a roster spot on a developmental player, Denver will take advantage of the thumb issue to stash Henderson on injured reserve. Henderson may need surgery, in which case he'd miss extended time even if he hadn't been placed on IR.
Booker was a limited participant in practices this week and appears to be recovered from the fractured wrist he suffered in OTAs, but after missing all of training camp, he may need to log more practice time before coach Vance Joseph is comfortable deploying him in games. With both C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles performing well in the Broncos' 2-0 start to the season, there's no need for the team to rush Booker back into game action.
Wolfe worked in a limited role Thursday, but that was more of a way to ease him back into action. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury in early August. However, the team was always optimistic he would be able to take the field for their season opener. Barring any setbacks, he is seemingly on track to start at defensive end Monday night against the Chargers.
Roby was wearing a walking boot and did not participate at practice Wednesday but was not on Friday's injury report. Head coach Vance Joseph indicated that the 25-year-old's status for Sunday was never in doubt as the boot and practice limitations were simply precautionary.
Latimer was dealing with a knee ailment during the last few weeks of the preseason but his absence from the injury report signals the wideout has fully recovered. Expect the four-year pro to resume his role as a special teams ace and No. 4 wideout for Week 1's matchup with the Chargers.
A report suggested Butt had been moved to the Physically Unable to Perform list, but it turns out the Broncos actually kept him on the NFI list. Regardless, Butt won't be available for the first six weeks of the season and could miss time beyond that. The 2017 fifth-round pick tore an ACL in Michigan's Orange Bowl loss to Florida State.
Edebali was initially signed to help out on special teams and provide depth behind Ray and Von Miller on the edge. Now, with Ray and Barrett both on timetables that might lead to a missed game or two, Edebali is thrust into a starting role. Don't be surprised if he produces -- the Boston College product is just a season removed from a five-sack campaign playing in a reserve role for the Saints.
Langley hadn't practiced all week, so it's no surprise that he isn't playing Sunday. He'll likely need a week of practice at some capacity before he dresses for a game, while Bradley Roby (foot) will likely continue to slot in if he's healthy enough to play. If Roby is out as well, expect to see Lorenzo Doss play a significant amount of snaps.
The Broncos' anemic pass offense got its best play of the game when McKenzie sprinted past the coverage on third and long and caught a rainbow from rookie Kyle Sloter. Already the team's starting punt returner, McKenzie has reportedly outperformed his fellow 2017 draft pick Carlos Henderson and could be in line for the team's fourth or fifth receiver job behind Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Bennie Fowler. This offense does not look like it will be sustaining many drives and so quick-hit threats like McKenzie will be all the more valuable.