COVID-19 has rocked the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers this week. But at this moment, it is the Broncos who are trending in the wrong direction.
Despite taking extra precautions, COVID-19 hit the Denver Broncos hard on Wednesday.
But thanks to the new NFL protocols, the Broncos have a chance to get multiple players back before Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
The Broncos dominated the Cowboys on Sunday.
But injuries dominated Denver.
Here’s the most up-to-date information you need to know about all of the Broncos' injuries.
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.
No wonder Bradley Chubb was smiling broadly when he walked onto the field for pre-practice calisthenics.
Realistically, it's fair to expect Quinn Meinerz to be ready to take a starting job in 2022.
But it's not out of the realm of possibility he steals a starting job at some point his rookie season.
Just a year after using a third-round pick on Lloyd Cushenberry, the Broncos used another third-round pick on his potential replacement.
But drafting a center wasn't a surprise to Lloyd. He saw it coming.
And he welcomes the competition.
Garett Bolles, Graham Glasgow and Ja'Wuan James are all among the highest-paid players in the NFL at their respective positions, while Dalton Risner and Lloyd Cushenberry were both Day 2 picks.
But that doesn't mean George Paton will stay put with Denver's offensive line as it's currently constructed, especially with major questions at right tackle.
The expectations for Cushenberry entering his rookie season were simple: Become the Broncos' starting center by Week 1 and keep the job for the entire year.
The third-round pick did that. Mission accomplished.
Graham Glasgow was John Elway’s biggest free agent signing in 2019. Glasgow turned out to be Elway’s last big-time free agent signing as the general manager of the Denver Broncos too.
But did that high price tag translate to the field? Here’s a look at Glasgow’s first season with the Broncos.
On Tuesday, Fangio spoke to the media to wrap up the 2020 season and about finding the right replacement for Elway. Here's what we learned.
No players have more on their shoulders before the snap in terms of identifying coverages and adjusting protections, and in quarterback Drew Lock and center Lloyd Cushenberry III, the Broncos have two players who have just 21 NFL starts between them.
Less than a month ago, Cushenberry wasn't receiving first-team reps as he was fighting his way up the depth chart. Now, he's having "almost a perfect game" calling the shots for Denver's offensive line.
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.
Quarterback is the only position that has more on their plate than center on the offensive side of the ball. Despite that, the Broncos are handing the keys to the center of their offensive line to a rookie.
Lloyd Cushenberry is up for the task.
Vic Fangio isn't ready to publicly declare a starting center.
But the Broncos' actions have indicated they are very close to calling off the three-man race for the starting job.
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.
With an off day in sight, the Broncos brought the heat on Tuesday. But one side of the ball won the day.