2017 NFL Preseason Outlooks: DENVER BRONCOS
DENVER BRONCOS (AFC West)
2016 record: 9-7 (2-4 in division)
KEY ADDITIONS: HC Vance Joseph, RB Jamaal Charles, OG Ron Leary, DT Domata Peko
KEY DEPARTURES: HC Gary Kubiak, RB Kapri Bibbs, LB DeMarcus Ware, CB Kayvon Webster
2016 SEASON RECAP
2016 was a down year for the Denver Broncos, the teams has become so accustomed to having success that at times they looked lost. The QB position was filled by Trevor Siemian but rookie back up Paxton Lynch got his shot at it too. Even with the QB issues DeMaryius Thomas ( 90 rec 1,083 yards 5 TDs) and Emmanuel Sanders ( 79 rec 1,032 yards and 5 TDs) still had very good seasons.
The running game left alot to be desired. Rookie RB Devontae Booker led the team in rushing with 612 yards followed by C.J. Anderson with 437 yards. Von Miller was near the top of the NFL in sacks as always but the team wasnt as crisp on defense as they once were. A still very talented team, the Broncos underachieved in 2016.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
Heading into 2017 the Quarterback position is still the biggest question mark for Denver. In whats probably one of the top 2 or 3 divisions in football, they will need to find that leader to put under center and make things happen for this team. T.J. Ward and Von Miller will continue to do what they do as will the cornerback tandem of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. The loss of a guy like DeMarcus Ware could prove troublesome for this team also.
4 of the Broncos first 7 games are against teams that made the playoffs in 2016. It will be a tall task to climb from 3rd to 1st in the AFC West, the Raiders seem poised to over take Kansas City but if Siemian or Lynch can take the wheel in Denver anything can happen with a defense like that.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Trevor Siemian, QB Paxton Lynch, RB Jamaal Charles, WR DeMaryius Thomas’ LB Von Miller, SS T.J. Ward
2017 RECORD PREDICTION
8 – 8