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Without Courtland Sutton, the Broncos are about as inexperienced as a receiving corps can be. But Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler have already taken a big role in the offense. Now they're in a prime position to take off.

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Throughout the entire 2020-21 season, DNVR will be giving you game grades from every Denver Broncos’ contest. Evaluating all the starters and beyond to give you a better look at the team’s strengths and weaknesses on a game-by-game basis. As the Broncos seemed dead in the water, on the road in Pittsburgh, and without their starting quarterback, a banged-up bunch…...

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The injury bug struck the Broncos and hasn't left.

After losing Von Miller for a majority of the year, if not the entire year, just before the start of the season, Denver lost A.J. Bouye and Phillip Lindsay for multiple weeks during Week 1's game against the Tennessee Titans.

But losing three Pro Bowl players just wasn't enough. On Sunday, Denver lost Pro Bowl receiver Courtland Sutton and Drew Lock as well as many players on the defensive side of the ball.

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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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If this were a normal year, the Broncos would have spent Thursday in the Phoenix area. As we know, this is not a normal year.

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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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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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During the first week of training camp, the praise for Jerry Jeudy has been eye-popping.

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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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Vic Fangio didn't play "Under Pressure" by Queen on the loudspeakers during warmups on Sunday. But it would have been a fitting theme song for Sunday’s practice as the pass rush brought the heat.

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Jerry Jeudy smoked the Broncos' second-team secondary as training camp got under way.

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DNVR Broncos Podcast

The guys discuss who will be the Broncos' third receiver if it's not K.J. Hamler, answer listener questions and much more.

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There is little doubt that K.J. Hamler will eventually take his place among the Broncos' top three receivers. But expect Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton to put up a fight.

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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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