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.
The Broncos' pass rush is going to be a problem for opponents. Sunday morning, it was a problem for Denver's offense.
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.
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.
In January, Lloyd Cushenberry III became a national champion. In April, the 22-year old became John Elway’s highest-drafted center ever.
Now, he has a chance to add a cherry on top of what has already been a magnificent year by competing for the Denver Broncos’ starting center position.
While being a third-round pick is certainly impressive, McTelvin Agim hasn’t always been in the back half of Top 100 rankings. In fact, coming out of high school, the 6-foot-3, 309-pound lineman was a five-star recruit, the No. 1 rated prospect coming out of the state of Arkansas and the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas. Talent, clearly, has never been an issue for Denver’s newest defensive lineman.
On talent alone, the Broncos landed one of the best interior offensive lineman in the entire draft. In the sixth round.
With the second of their three third-round selections, the Denver Broncos picked one of the most NFL-ready prospects in the class, snatching up LSU center, Lloyd Cushenberry III. Cushenberry was the second-ranked center on our Big Board, carrying a second-round grade. He was also one of the most impressive performers, on and off the field, at the Senior Bowl, constantly…...
Lloyd Cushenberry’s jump from high school to college couldn’t have ended much better despite having to learn a new position over YouTube. Now, not only will he not have to learn a new position, he’ll have Mike Munchak, not YouTube, to lean on.
Lloyd Cushenberry has the clearest path to the starting lineup. Michael Ojemudia could be a key part of the Broncos' sub packages. And McTelvin Agim is more of a developmental player, but as an interior pass rusher possesses a desired skill set.
Who are the players that could be on the Broncos' Day 2 radar, and what are some trade possibilities?