If you think you know the Titans from their game against the Broncos last year ... you don't. And if you think the Titans are that team that seemed perpetually poised to go 9-7 ... they aren't, even though they finished with that record for the fourth consecutive season last year
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.
Everything changed when the phone belonging to Todd Davis rang. And at this time of year, a call from the Broncos front office is not what any player wants to see.
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...
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.
With no advanced notice, Vic Fangio made Essang Bassey the Broncos' starting nickel cornerback during practice on Wednesday.
The undrafted rookie impressed.
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.
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 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.
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.
After a star-studded free-agency and trade period, John Elway plugged many of the holes with his sweet-as-honey moves. Yet there’s still plenty of work to be done as Vic Fangio acknowledged after free agency, saying “we still have enough needs on both sides of the ball.” Here’s how those needs stack up as the team enters the draft.
John Elway can have upwards of $100 million by saying goodbye to some of the players who are under contract for the 2020 season. Here’s who would free up cap space if they Broncos let them go.
The Broncos’ 2018 rookie class made John Elway look like a genius their rookie season. But with incredibly high expectations in their second year, were they able to do the same?