|Offense||12th||123.6 (9th)||231.8 (14th)|
|Defense||1st||70.2 (2nd)||191.6 (6th)|
|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|
|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.
This was expected given that Thomas played through the injury, albeit with a noticeable limp, on his way to a 10-catch, 133-yard effort in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Giants. With Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie already ruled out for Week 7 due to ankle injuries, Thomas should be in for a massive workload against the Chargers.
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.
Siemian injured his non-throwing shoulder while trying to make a tackle late in the second quarter of Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Giants. He missed the next series but then returned after halftime, ultimately finishing the game 29-of-50 passing for 376 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. With Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie already ruled out with ankle injuries, Siemian will have to take on the Chargers with a diminished supporting cast, assuming he's able to play. Siemian will likely be listed when the Broncos release their first injury report Wednesday.
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 played only 41 of 65 snaps but still managed to tie Brandon Marshall for the team lead in tackles. The 25-year-old played only 16 of 71 snaps against the Cowboys in Week 2, so it's difficult to gauge his standing for this week's game against the Raiders.
Lynch initially was expected to miss five weeks, but that timeline has already passed and he hasn't even started a throwing program. Brock Osweiler could end up serving as Trevor Siemian's backup for the entire season.
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.
The Broncos plan on activating Ray, who's spent the entire season on injured reserve, in time for their Week 8 game in Kansas City. While the third-year linebacker is reportedly set to play with two screws inserted in his wrist and a cast around his hand, the fact he won't be playing with a club-like appendage suggests Ray should have access to both his finger and thumb, as opposed to playing with a closed fist. Thus, his ability to shed blockers and catch the football shouldn't be as limited as it would've otherwise.
Derby was responsible for his team's only two passing plays longer than 20 yards in this one, including a 22-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. He also led the team in targets and yardage while tying for the lead in receptions. The 26-year-old totaled just four catches for 39 yards through the season's first three weeks, so it's a bit early to consider him a serviceable option at this juncture. However, his status bears watching on a team devoid of many pass-catching options aside from Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Derby will enjoy a bye next week before facing the Giants the following Sunday night.
The Broncos, throughout the preseason, babied Charles so that he might shine during the season, and it worked as he had 10 touches in each of the first three games. He has since combined for 12 in two games. Sunday's low totals can be explained, in part, by Denver falling behind early, but the decline also coincides with the return of Devontae Booker. Something is going to have to give, eventually, and it doesn't look great for Charles. C.J. Anderson has earned lead-back carries and Booker is the younger, more durable option among the two backups.
Kerr has been sidelined the first two weeks of the regular season due to a knee injury but appears to have recovered from the issue. Barring a setback, he's 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 continued his strong start to the season, as he recorded his first sack of 2017 and tied for the team lead in tackles with Todd Davis. The 28-year-old has 25 tackles (19 solo) and one sack through three games this season.
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.
It was an ugly outing overall for Denver as a few nice runs by the Giants and some early turnovers took the team out of its rhythm and forced them to the pass. With the season hanging in the balance after a third consecutive poor offensive performance, expect Denver to lean heavily on Anderson against the Chargers. In two losses this season, Anderson has averaged 9.5 touches per game and 30 total yards. In three wins, he's averaged 24.3 touches per game and 118 total yards. Those figures include 88 total yards in Week 1's win over the Chargers.
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.
Despite providing most of Denver's offense, it was the kick McManus missed that almost cost the Broncos the game late. Following a botched fake punt by Oakland, Denver's offense was stymied and turned to McManus to give them a 12-point lead late in the fourth quarter. He instead bounced the 29-yard kick off the left upright. It's been a tough go of things for McManus, who signed a big extension just before the season opener. He has missed three kicks through four games after missing five all of last season.
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.
The Raiders were trying to mount a comeback early in the fourth quarter when Miller sacked E.J. Manuel for a loss of seven yards on a 3rd-and-4 play. Miller, while not quite on pace for his 30-sack season goal, is still ranked sixth in the league through four games with four sacks, including at least one in each of his last three games.
It isn't a good sign when a player is ruled out for the next week less than 24 hours after suffering an injury. Joseph deemed Sanders "week to week" rather than "day to day," hinting that the veteran is in serious danger of missing multiple games. The Broncos are hurting badly at wide receiver, as Cody Latimer (knee) missed Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Giants, while Isaiah McKenzie (ankle) was injured just minutes after Sanders went down. Even Demaryius Thomas, who caught 10 passes for 133 yards, was visibly limping throughout much of the second half. Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor were the only healthy wide receivers on the roster by the end of Sunday's defeat. Sanders at least seems to have avoided any broken bones or major ligament damage, with the Broncos referring to his injury as an ankle sprain, per Mike Klis of 9News Denver. Joseph did say that Sanders' ailment appears to be a bit more serious than McKenzie's, ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold reports.
Watson played only 35 of 81 snaps in Sunday night's game after suffering the injury late in the first half. The injury doesn't appear to be overly serious, but Donald Stephenson or Billy Turner are likely to fill in if the 2013 second-round pick is forced to miss any time.
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.
Both of Fowler's catches came on the Broncos' second drive of the game and set up the team's lone touchdown of the contest. After two hot weeks to start the season, Denver's offense has sputtered in many of the same ways it did last season, especially in the red zone. Head coach Vance Joseph said after the game that the Raiders' conservative shell coverage forced the Broncos to run it more than planned. Even if that is the case, Fowler is a tough start at this point after scoring twice in Denver's opener.
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.
Green, an athletic target for Colin Kaepernick during his college days, has mainly been utilized as a blocker in the pro ranks, failing to establish himself as a receiver even in former head coach Gary Kubiak's tight-end-friendly attack. Now that Mike McCoy, who was Green's first coordinator coming into the league, is back in the fold for the Broncos, the 29-year-old is benefiting from a slight uptick in usage. It likely isn't enough given that the Broncos have taken a committee approach at tight end, but Green looks like the best bet of Denver's options at the position to produce fantasy value, however minimal.
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.
The Broncos have three weeks to decide whether to activate Kelly or have him revert to injured reserve for the remainder of the season. The rookie seventh-round pick has started throwing, but there remains no clear place on the Broncos roster with backup Brock Osweiler healthy and Paxton Lynch (shoulder) also nearing a return.
Half of Booker's yards game in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach and Trevor Siemian just trying to dump the ball off and pick up yardage quickly. As mentioned during Sunday's telecast, Denver's coaching staff initially thought that Booker had a shot at winning the starting job before his preseason was derailed by a fractured wrist. His uptick in touches from three in Week 4 to five in Week 6 might not seem like much, but the offensive staff is certainly looking for ways to get Booker involved, at one point splitting him out wide and trying to throw him a fade into the end zone. Expect him to continue to eat into C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles' opportunities.
Wolfe made his presence felt early in the third quarter, foiling an attempted conversion on 3rd-and-10 by causing an eight-yard loss on a sack, his first of the season. Wolfe has been labeled the heart and soul of a Denver defensive front that has suffocated opposing offensive rushing attacks, but that kind of utility seldom shows up in stat sheets.
Roby's status was looking questionable earlier in the week, but he appears ready to go for Sunday's game against the Raiders, barring any setbacks. He played 30 of 65 defensive snaps in Week 3 and figures to see a similar workload again.
With Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie both set to miss at least one game with an ankle injury, Latimer could have a regular spot in three-wide formations if he makes it back for Sunday's game against the Chargers. The 2014 second-round pick hasn't played since Week 3 and has caught only two passes for 22 yards on three targets this season.
Butt, who remains on the reserve/non-football injury list, became eligible to return to practice Monday. The Broncos now have three weeks to add him to the active roster or else the rookie tight end will move to injured reserve.
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 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 went down in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Giants with an injury that looked like it might be a broken bone or ligament damage. He seems to have escaped with an ankle sprain, though it's presumably a pretty bad one. The Broncos also expect Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) to miss at least one game, while Demaryius Thomas (leg) and Cody Latimer (knee) are nursing injuries of their own. The Denver receiving corps will need to be monitored carefully leading up to Sunday's game against the Chargers.