The Denver Broncos have missed the playoffs for the past two seasons after winning Super Bowl L against the Carolina Panthers. They have had a messy past couple of years. Gary Kubiak had to retire because of health issues and Vance Joseph became the Broncos new head coach last season.
Joseph almost didn't survive his first season as the Broncos head coach, but he will be getting another shot. John Elway upgraded the roster in the offseason. The quarterback situation has been dicey, ever since Peyton Manning retired after Super Bowl L. They had Trevor Siemian as the starter for the past two seasons, but then they traded him to the Minnesota Vikings this offseason.
Paxton Lynch has proven to be a bust right now. They signed Case Keenum in the offseason. He had a breakout 2017 season with the Minnesota Vikings.
The one thing that the Denver Broncos are known for is their defense. Losing Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator to the Los Angeles Rams before the 2017 season hurt. Joe Woods is the Broncos defense coordinator. The Denver Broncos also traded cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams this offseason. The Broncos will start training camp on Saturday July 28.
Case Keenum and Paxton Lynch will compete for the starting quarterback job, but Case Keenum will be the starter at the end of the day. Chad Kelly will be the other quarterback on the roster.
Devonate Booker will be the starting running back. Rookie Royce Freeman will be the second running, but he could be the starting running back at some point during the season. De'Angelo Henderson and rookies David Williams and Phillip Lindsay will compete for the final two running back spots on the roster.
Andy Janovich will be the Broncos fullback.
DeMaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will be the starting wide receivers. Keep an eye on rookies Cortland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. They could make an impact as rookies at wide receiver. Isaiah McKenzie, Jordan Taylor, Jordan Leslie, and Carlos Henderson will compete for the final two wide receiver roster spots.
Jake Butt will be the starting tight end. He has the potential to be a stud for Denver. Butt is very similar to what Kyle Rudolph is Minnesota. Jake Butt will be a reliable target for Case Keenum. Jeff Heuerman will be the second tight end. Rookie Troy Fumagalli, Austin Traylor, Matt LaCosse, and Brian Parker will compete for the third tight end spot on the roster.
Garett Bolles will be the starting left tackle. Ronald Leary and Max Garcia will compete for the starting left guard job. Matt Paradis will be the starting center. Connor McGovern will be the starting right guard. Jared Veldheer will be the starting right tackle. Rookie Sam Jones and Menelik Watson will be key backups. J.J. Dielman and Austin Schlottmann will compete for the backup center job.
The Denver Broncos play a 3-4 defensive scheme. Derek Wolfe, Domata Peko, and Adam Gostis will be the starting defensive line. Zach Kerr, Kyle Peko, and DeMarcus Walker will see some time as well on the defensive line.
Rookie Bradley Chubb and Von Miller will be the starting outside linebackers. Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis will be the starting inside linebackers. Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett will be the backup outside linebackers for Denver. Rookie Josey Jewell will be one of the backup inside linebackers. Zaire Anderson, Jerrol Garcia-Williams, and rookie Keishawn Bierria will compete for the other backup inside linebacker spot.
Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Roby will be the starting cornerbacks. Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons will be the starting safeties. Tramaine Brock will be the third corner. Brendan Langley, Marcus Rios, C.J. Smith, Michael Hunter, and rookie Isaac Yiadom will compete for the final two cornerback spots on the roster. Su'a Cravens will be a key backup safety.
Brandon McManus will be the Broncos starting kicker. Marquette King will be the Broncos punter.
There will be a battle for kickoff returner between Devonate Booker and Brendan Langley. There will also be a battle for punt returner between Isaiah McKenzie, Brendan Langley, and Emmanuel Sanders.
The Denver Broncos will have high expectations entering the 2018 season. They will open the season at home on Sunday September 9 against the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos will win somewhere between 6-11 games. They could make the playoffs or they could whiff once again.