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"We've made a commitment to improve our special team," Vic Fangio said on Monday.

Unfortunately, that commitment came back to hurt the Broncos' defense in a big way on Sunday.

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By Tuesday afternoon, George Paton and Vic Fangio must narrow down the Broncos' roster from 80 players to the final 53.

Here's who is projected to make the final roster.

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Teddy Bridgewater, not Drew Lock, had the highest highs and the lowest lows during Wednesday’s practice.

With the QB competition potentially coming to an end soon, did the rollercoaster day help or hurt Teddy’s quest to becoming the starter?

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A "great opportunity" fell in Justin Strnad's lap at the beginning of training camp.

The athletic inside linebacker has taken advantage of it.

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Courtland Sutton

"If he’s on the ground making acrobatic catches, if he’s stumbling and going to the ground, it’s honestly building confidence for him. He’s going to continue to trust his knee more and that’s exciting for us," Teddy Bridgewater said of Courtland Sutton.

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Teddy Bridgewater & Drew Lock had nearly identical practices on Wednesday.

Both started practice with 20-yard completions.

Both were efficient.

Both ended practice with red-zone INTs.

But there was one difference that tipped the scales.

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The pads were popping during Tuesday's practice for the first time in Broncos camp. Vic Fangio and the Broncos' staff took full advantage of it.

Denver's three-headed rushing attack led the way.

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The first day of training camp was about the stars. Von Miller and Jerry Jeudy shined on Wednesday to open camp.

Thursday, however, was about the players that don't get the attention and praise they deserve.

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Despite being the highest drafted linebacker in the Vic Fangio era, there should be minimal expectations for Baron Browning's rookie season.

Heck, the talented linebacker needs to find a position first.

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Will this be the year Denver uses significant draft capital at the insider-linebacker position for Vic Fangio?

Here's how the Broncos' roster at ILB stands entering the draft and where Denver could land an inside backer for Vic.

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Earlier this week, the Denver Broncos signed Mark Barron to beef up their linebacking corps. With Todd Davis battling a lingering calf injury and 2020 fifth-round pick Justin Strnad out for the season due to wrist surgery, the Broncos needed to make a move. Barron was the seventh-overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft and initially entered the league as…...

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With no advanced notice, Vic Fangio made Essang Bassey the Broncos' starting nickel cornerback during practice on Wednesday.

The undrafted rookie impressed.

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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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Every year, almost without fail, injuries strike a position group that can least afford to lose depth.

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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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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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In two games against the Chiefs, Travis Kelce owned Denver—totaling 17 receptions for 186 yards. Darren Waller of the Raiders also went off in his two games against the Broncos—racking up 177 yards on 13 catches.

The Broncos used a fifth-round draft pick in Strnad in an attempt to slow those two, among others, down moving forward.

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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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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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