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With the salary cap expected to drop to roughly $180 million, NFL teams will be looking to save cap space everywhere they can.

Here are the players George Paton and the Broncos could move on from this offseason to open up cap space.

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With final say on the Broncos' roster, George Paton could end up being the first of many changes coming to Denver.

Here are the players in the most limbo with Paton now in charge.

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Denver's defense is guaranteed to see more games lost by starters than it did last year. How can it cope?

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If the Broncos win Sunday, give everybody a game ball.

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Less than a month ago, the Broncos’ season looked so bleak there were many calling for them to tank for Trevor Lawrence.

But now, with the stars aligning, the Broncos can realistically be talkin’ about the playoffs. Yes, Jim Mora, playoffs.

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One comparison shows why the Broncos' run defense could be in deep trouble if it can't replace its mammoth hometown hero up front.

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First, expect to see more combinations involving Shelby Harris and Mike Purcell in pass-rush situations. After all, they're the only two players left from the D-line's active complement from the first two games.

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The end of Monday night's Denver Broncos game was defined by two twos.

The Broncos fell to the Tennessee Titans by two points, 16-14. And Vic Fangio left the field with two timeouts, despite the game coming down to the final seconds.

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Without Von Miller, it wouldn’t be fair to expect Denver's defense to be the best in the league, as they very well could have been with Von.

But with a defensive mastermind leading a unit that's been upgraded from last year, there's no reason why the expectations shouldn't be higher than what they were last year.

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By decision, circumstance and the simple passage of time, the Broncos will take the field Monday night with just one player left from Super Bowl 50: kicker Brandon McManus. That serves as a reminder that this is a new team, untethered to the past.

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According to the five-time Pro Bowler on Denver's defensive line, the Broncos could have another Jurrell Casey in the making.

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The Broncos' pass rush is going to be a problem for opponents. Sunday morning, it was a problem for Denver's offense.

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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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Leadership comes in various forms. If the Broncos are to successfully navigate the pandemic-altered terrain, it will have to come both from grizzled veterans and still-fresh young talent.

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The agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association turns a potential budget-blasting catastrophe into an alteration that will be manageable for most teams, including the Broncos.

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There’s a whole bunch of money on the table in 2020 for the Broncos’ highest-paid players. A whopping $71.48 million, to be exact.

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It could be the defense that carries the Broncos. And if it does, that D will rely on some new additions of its own to reach its potential.

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Jurrell Casey hasn’t missed a Pro Bowl in the past five seasons. That shouldn’t change in 2020, especially since he’ll be set up for success now more than ever.

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The Broncos only gave up a fourth-round pick for A.J. Bouye. But don’t be fooled by the trade. Despite only having to give up a fourth-round pick, Denver has sky-high expectations for their new cornerback.

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Not only does Denver’s $122 million allocated to the defense lead the league, but it’s also 33 percent more than the league average of $92 million. That means Vic Fangio’s unit better be darn good.

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