|Offense||27th||92.8 (27th)||230.3 (21st)|
|Defense||4th||130.3 (28th)||185.8 (1st)|
|61||Adams, Nelson||DE||6-3||289||2/16/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|73||Barbre, Allen||T||6-4||310||6/22/1984||10||Missouri Southern State|
|2||Barnett, Dante||DB||6-1||193||6/14/1993||R||Kansas 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|
|55||Day, Dillon||C||6-4||299||10/17/1991||1||Mississippi State|
|59||Dora, Vontarrius||LB||6-4||256||9/7/1992||2||Louisiana Tech|
|91||Edebali, Kasim||LB||6-2||253||8/17/1989||4||Boston College|
|66||Ekanem, Ken||LB||6-3||260||4/8/1994||R||Virginia Tech|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||3||Michigan State|
|99||Gotsis, Adam||DT||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|
|11||Henderson, Carlos||WR||5-11||198||12/19/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|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|
|70||Lang, Cedrick||T||6-7||269||5/12/1992||1||Texas-El Paso|
|47||Mason, Danny||LB||6-3||235||10/14/1990||2||Texas A&M-Commerce|
|58||Miller, Von||OLB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||7||Texas A&M|
|61||Paradis, Matt||C||6-3||300||10/12/1989||3||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||12||Michigan State|
|19||Raymond, Kalif||WR||5-9||160||8/8/1994||2||Holy Cross|
|29||Roby, Bradley||CB||5-11||194||5/1/1992||4||Ohio State|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty||T||6-5||315||3/10/1992||3||Colorado State|
|10||Sanders, Emmanuel||WR||5-11||180||3/17/1987||8||Southern Methodist|
|17||Sharp, Hunter||WR||5-11||198||4/25/1994||1||Utah State|
|31||Simmons, Justin||SS||6-2||202||11/19/1993||2||Boston College|
|1||Sloter, Kyle||QB||6-4||218||2/7/1994||R||Northern Colorado|
|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|
|97||Winn, Billy (IR)||DE||6-4||300||4/15/1989||5||Boise State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Talib was involved in a shooting incident in June of 2016 during which he clipped himself in the leg. He will be required to undergo a firearm safety course, but will not receive a suspension or fine for the incident. Talib was ranked the league's No. 1 cornerback by Pro Football Focus entering Thanksgiving weekend last season, despite missing three games with a lower-back injury, and is a big reason why the Broncos were the NFL's best pass defense last year with 185.8 yards allowed per game through the air.
Stewart has experienced somewhat of a rebirth in his seventh season, recording 44 combined tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery so far this season. His three interceptions in 2016 match his career total prior to this year, and he is one of the reasons the Broncos defense has been so dominant this season. He will continue starting at free safety for Denver.
Peko broke a bone in his right foot during minicamp in June and could be out until the middle of August. If he's still on the PUP list when training camp ends, Peko will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.
With important decisions to be made further down the depth chart, Thomas didn't get much exposure Thursday. Much more tightly tied to his potential value this season was the Broncos' quarterback battle. Trevor Siemian played a little on the conservative side while Paxton Lynch looked scattered, and neither was particularly impressive. Thomas has shown over the past two seasons that he can still put up Pro-Bowl level stats with poor quarterback play. He might need to make it three in a row.
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.
Mason's deal comes just days after it was reported Shane Ray would miss roughly 6-8 weeks with a wrist injury. Although Mason is expected to pick up some of the slack in the meantime, there's no guarantee the former indoor football standout will make the final roster. Mason has dealt with a fair share of ailments during his football career and found himself on the outside looking in after injuring his knee with the Bears in 2016. If he stays healthy, the 26-year-old will likely have a fair shot to earn a roster spot come September.
At first glance, Henderson projects to have an uphill climb to solidifying himself as a potential fantasy asset. However, with Devontae Booker (wrist) on the PUP list, and Jamaal Charles' lengthy history of knee injuries, Henderson has the potential to carve out a change-of-pace role in the offense sooner than later. Thursday's long TD run certainly helped his case, and Henderson has already turned some heads in camp. His fantasy stock is on the rise.
Paxton Lynch, on the other hand, reportedly targeted the end zone on all six of this throws, but completed just two. Siemian can be forgiven for being reserved and taking what the defense gives him as the Broncos' quarterback battle draws to a close. Though his final stat line didn't look much better than Lynch's in the preseason opener in Chicago, Siemian looked more comfortable and kept the Broncos on schedule with smooth passing in the short and intermediate areas. It doesn't make sense for Siemian to pull a Lindsey Jacobellis and take risks and showboat down the stretch when he's already built a sizable lead on Lynch.
Ridley wasn't flashy in the Broncos' preseason matchup against the Bears, but garnered first-team reps and has reportedly impressed in camp. With a number of young options on the team, Ridley is likely competing with Jamaal Charles for one roster spot. Charles is the bigger name of the two, but is reportedly still shaking off rust and won't play until the third preseason game. Ridley has an opportunity to build a lead on his veteran counterpart this week in San Francisco that Charles might have trouble catching up to with limited time remaining.
Turner initially needed a walking boot to move about, but he's now able to walk without assistance. He should be ready to go in time for the start of training camp next month.
With Brandon Marshall (hamstring) ruled out of Sunday's game against the Titans, backup Corey Nelson will fill in with the first-string defense. Since Nelson is usually a mainstay on special teams, Gause was signed in order to allow Nelson to focus on his defensive responsibilities. An undrafted rookie from Rutgers, Gause himself projects to be exclusively contained to special teams.
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.
Trevor Siemian, who reportedly has a leg or two up on Lynch for the starting job, reportedly completed all five of his attempts during the same drill, but led his group to score just once. Lynch, meanwhile, targeted the end zone on each throw. Head coach Vance Joseph and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy have sent some mixed signals in terms of what they are looking for from a quarterback this season. Preferences for ball placement and mastery of the offense probably lean toward Siemian, but Lynch's arm talent and aggressiveness are better for yielding chunk plays. Though many have said that this competition is already over in Siemian's favor, Lynch has a golden opportunity this week: starting against a team that he will have practiced against twice during the week.
Ray suffered from a torn ligament in his left wrist back in late July and looks to be sticking to his original timetable of 6-to-8 weeks following surgery. With Shaq Barrett also expected to be out to start the regular season, the Broncos are heading into the regular season shorthanded at outside linebacker.
Fortunately for Derby, head coach Vance Joseph quickly came out and assured the injury is "nothing serious at all." Derby has had a strong showing in Denver since joining the team in the middle of last season. He has a chance to earn the Week 1 starting role, and his current injury shouldn't impact him at all in that regard.
Recently, the Broncos have been introducing Charles into the team portion of practice, including nine-on-seven work in which he ripped off a 10-yard run. While not exactly inspiring, he appears to be in line for good health by Week 1, which will be backed up by an appearance during the preseason at some point. Indeed, he's expected to be available for the Broncos' exhibition tilt on Aug. 26 against the Packers.
Kerr was able to practice in full heading into the weekend, so his availability comes as no surprise in Week 15.
Simmons was limited in practice all week, and although initial reports were encouraging, the reserve defensive back will not be able to go Sunday, leaving Darian Stewart as the only true free safety on the roster.
Marshall dealt with Achilles soreness just prior to training camp but he seems to have since recovered. He played just three snaps in last week's preseason contest. His limited role was likely just a reflection of the preseason and the team's desire to keep him healthy for the regular season.
Taylor appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos in 2016 after spending the entirety of the 2015 campaign on the team's practice squad, ultimately collecting 16 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns while serving in a depth role at wide receiver. It's possible he could push for the No. 3 job this summer given Denver's lack of talent behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the depth chart.
Leary had been a limited participant in practice due to a groin injury, but appears to be past that issue. The Broncos would have been unlikely to have him take the field had the injury still been holding him back. The 28-year-old logged 15 snaps in the contest, and barring any set backs, appears on track for Week 1.
Winn went down with a torn ACL in Thursday's preseason matchup against the Bears. As a result, the Broncos only have one healthy nose tackle in Domata Peko at the moment.
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.
None of Anderson's runs were particularly spectacular, but he was able to keep the team in manageable down and distances while he was in the game. Unless something changes drastically in the next week or two, the Broncos quarterback situation will be uninspiring. Playing behind what could be four new starters on the offensive line, Anderson figures to be the prime factor for Denver's offensive fortunes this season.
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.
Heuerman was drafted as the Broncos' tight end of the future in the third round of the 2015 draft and swiftly tore his ACL in rookie camp. Two years, the acquisition of A.J. Derby and the drafting of Jake Butt later, Heuerman is still an unknown commodity. Heuerman nabbed seven catches at a 13.3-yard-per-catch clip in the final three games of 2016. That's not much, but given Butt's recovery from ACL surgery, and Derby and Virgil Green both possessing somewhat incomplete skill sets, it wouldn't be a complete surprise for Heuerman to finally live up to his billing in 2017.
Walker's hip injury wasn't thought to be serious and his MRI confirmed that. He'll likely sit out Saturday's preseason game against San Francisco before returning to practice early next week.
McManus, the most accurate kicker in Broncos history (min. 20 attempts), was previously a restricted free agent who was hesitant to sign his contract offer this offseason in hopes of landing a long-term deal. Considering the Broncos tendered him to a second-round pick, the kicker is clearly a valued member of the team, so it only seems to be a matter of time before he gets his wish.
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.
With those key targets out, quarterback Andy Dalton figures to rely on running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard and wideout Mohamed Sanu.
Cincy is a 3.5-point underdog as Dalton looks for his first playoff win in four tries.
Veteran pickup Kasim Edebali has gotten most of the attention ever since starter Shane Ray went down with a wrist injury. Dora, however, showed flashes as an undrafted free agent last year, notching two sacks in the 2016 preseason. No matter who starts Week 1 opposite Miller, Dora or Edebali, they'll likely tumble down the depth chart as Ray and Shaq Barrett will be due back early in the season. Still, a strong showing through the preseason and early part of the season could lead to sustained snaps later on.
Although Barrett didn't require surgery to heal the hip injury he suffered during May's OTAs, his injury was still considered to be at least somewhat serious, so it's great news that he's healing as fast as he is. However, Elway's comments still made it sound as if Barrett will miss the first couple weeks of the season.
Crick underwent an MRI on his injured back after an early exit from Monday's practice. The team is already without Derek Wolfe (ankle) so an extended absence would have really began thinning out the team's defensive depth. However, it now sounds like Crick should be good to go by Week 1. Adam Gotsis figures to see an increased workload at practice while Crick is sidelined.
Raymond was sidelined in June during the team's organized workouts due to a hand injury. However, he has been making up for lost time by standing out in practice. The 23-year-old played in just one game during his rookie season, and is battling for a roster spot among a plethora of receiving candidates.
Miller appears set to skip each of the Broncos' first two preseason contests to ensure his health heading into the regular season. It wouldn't be surprising to see him suit up for the team's third preseason contest -- generally the one starters receive the most playing time -- next Saturday against the Packers.
Sanders left Wednesday's practice early after falling on his shoulder, and while there still hasn't been any suggestion the injury is serious, it won't be at all surprising if he's held out of Saturday's exhibition in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Trevor Siemian has a clear lead over Paxton Lynch in the Broncos' quarterback battle.
Anderson signed a free-agent tender with the Broncos during the offseason. He was last seen being carted off the field during the teams regular-season finale due to a neck injury. He appears to be recovered from the issue, as he recorded three tackles in the team's preseason opener. The 24-year-old projects to provide depth at inside linebacker this season.
After spending the majority of 2016 on the injured reserve, Pierce signed a reserve/future contract with the team during the offseason. It is unclear when Pierce suffered the hamstring injury, but it has kept him absent from the first three weeks of training camp. At this point, he figures to have a tough time earning a spot on the final roster.
A fractured elbow suffered during the preseason prevented Fowler from taking the next step forward in his career during 2016. That makes it easy to forget how valuable Fowler was toward the tail-end of the Broncos' Super Bowl run -- including a key third-down conversion late in the divisional-round contest against Pittsburgh. At well over 200 pounds, Fowler isn't necessarily your prototypical, shifty slot man, but his size and toughness make him a force up the seam. While rookie speedsters Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie certainly have the ability to leapfrog Fowler between now and the regular season, Fowler has a big leg up mentally, having played in a similar system as Mike McCoy's under Adam Gase in 2014.
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.
When Green signed a three-year extension two seasons ago, the idea was that he'd move on from his blocking role and become the kind of receiver that he was in college to help replace Julius Thomas. Just 34 catches and two touchdowns later, that doesn't seem to be panning out. Green now enters a contract year as the elder statesman surrounded by young, toolsy players including A.J. Derby, Jeff Heuerman and Butt. No one in the bunch has emerged as surefire competition for Green's starting job in 2017, but the numbers are slowly moving away from Green's favor.
Henderson's injury is obviously less than ideal, but it at least won't keep him out of action for long. Nonetheless, now that he's on the mend, it may be more difficult for the rookie third-rounder to catch passes comfortable. In his preseason debut last week, Henderson hauled in his lone target for seven yards and totaled 47 yards on three kickoff returns.
Booker wound up starting much of the second half of his rookie season for Denver after C.J. Anderson went down for the year - flashing both promise and a few ugly games. Booker's roster spot is likely safe, but it's fair to wonder what sort of role he'll step into. Prior to his wrist fracture, Booker was in line to get first-team reps, per Joseph. Now, he's set to enter a backfield stable with a clear leader in Anderson, a surprisingly dynamic rookie in De'Angelo Henderson, and a pair of veterans in Jamaal Charles and Stevan Ridley who have shown flashes of their old selves. It might be hard for Booker to get any traction early with this level of fresh competition.
The three touches were a season-high for Thompson. The former undrafted free agent never got many looks at fullback after rookie Andy Janovich went on injured reserve nor has he gotten many opportunities at running back. Though Sunday should be all about preparing for 2017, it'd be a surprise if Thompson got much usage as Denver will almost surely want to get a long last look at rookie Devontae Booker.
Wolfe getting carted off could have been a nightmare scenario for a Denver defensive line that has already lost do-it-all Billy Winn to a torn ACL and is still waiting for Kyle Peko to return from a foot fracture suffered in minicamp. As Renck notes, a sprained ankle can be a pesky injury, but Wolfe seems to have dodged a bullet.
Exercising Roby's option was a commitment to defense for the Broncos, as him and fellow cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris are huge reasons why Denver ranked first in the NFL with 185.8 passing yards allowed per game last season. Expect Roby to have another strong season in 2017-18, given that he can stay healthy.
Is the glass half empty or full? On one hand, one can look at how Latimer battled through the injury last year as proof that it isn't too serious. On the other, nagging knee injuries tend to raise red flags. Either way, while Latimer is in line to start the season as the Broncos' kick returner and gunner, he's likely no better than their fourth or fifth receiver. If he ends up missing some time, don't expect Denver's pass offense to change much.
Butt is still recovering from the torn ACL he suffered during Michigan's bowl game back in January. That unfortunate injury caused Butt to slide all the way to the fifth round of the draft in April, and as expected, will now prevent him from being ready to start his rookie campaign. There's a good possibility Butt opens the season on the Broncos' physically unable to perform list, which would result in him missing at least the team's first six games.
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 a former Georgia transfer who ended up earning a Senior Bowl invitation after playing at Lamar. He was one of the better Combine performers at cornerback, posting a 4.43-second 40, 35.5-inch vertical, and 123-inch broad jump at 6-feet, 201 pounds.
Ward, who remains without a timeline for a return, will stay in Denver in order to continue rehab on his injured hamstring. Backup Will Parks should take his place in the starting lineup Saturday.
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.
Brown recorded one catch for 15 yards in his return. It was his first action since being placed on the injured reserve with an undisclosed injury in December of last season. While the practice squad figures to be his likely destination, he will look to impress as the preseason progresses.