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George Paton could have an opportunity to take Denver’s tight end room to the moon and beyond in the first round if Kyle Pitts falls to No. 9.

If Pitts is available, should the Broncos take him?

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In the offseason, John Elway clearly made it a top priority to give his second-year quarterback as many weapons as possible to succeed.

So just how are the young talented pieces working out midway through the season?

Here's an extensive breakdown of where each position player stands through eight games and the stats they'll finish the season with on their current pace.

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Drew Lock played much better than the numbers indicate in his first action in nearly a month.

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In 2019, the Broncos averaged 17.6 points per game. However, in the final five games under Lock, they averaged 21.4 points per game.

For 2020, the Broncos can expect another significant jump.

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As Vic Fangio put it after practice, defensive coaches and players loved the way the scrimmage went. On the flip side, offensive players and coaches did not.

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With an off day in sight, the Broncos brought the heat on Tuesday. But one side of the ball won the day.

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Vic Fangio began Friday's practice by bringing his team together in a huddle. After a minute of Fangio addressing his team, players started to hoot and holler and get hyped for whatever message the coach was delivering.

The defense took that shot of energy and ran with it to start practice. The offense, however, didn't pick up on it one bit as they came out flat, sluggish and out of tune. The energy started to hit the offense as the practice went on.

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In terms of Broncos' rookies, the first week of training camp has been dominated by Jerry Jeudy with a side of K.J. Hamler. That comes as no surprise as the two receivers were John Elway's first two picks in April's draft.

On Wednesday, other rookies from Elway's draft class began to make noise, earn praise and make their way up the depth chart.

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The Broncos have kept Jake Butt on the team for three years with nearly nothing in return on the field. The next three weeks will be crucial in evaluating whether their low-risk, high-reward investment will have a chance to cash in.

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With additions like Noah Fant, the Broncos have remade their tight-end room in the last two years. This could lead their longest-tenured players at the position on the outside looking in.

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Marquise Brown, Mecole Harman and Tyreek Hill averaged 44 receptions for 572 yards and six touchdowns during their rookie season. There’s no reason Denver’s second-round pick won’t be able to have similar success.

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Physically, the Broncos drafted a near-perfect tight end prospect in Albert Okwuegbunam. Will his potential and chemistry with Drew Lock blossom from the moment the two reconnect or will it take some time?

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No excuses, Drew Lock.

This is your team.

And this is your draft.

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John Elway's building a track team. That track team, however, will play on an NFL field.

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