The Denver Broncos management team has been busy. In an off season that has been built around cutting the fat and building the support system that Peyton Manning needs to win another Super Bowl, John Elway and John Fox haven’t let any grass grow under their feet.
The New Three Amigos?: Wes Welker, signed by the team in March, should round out the Bronco’s receiving corps nicely. With proven receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, Welker adds an average of 112 catches over the last 6 seasons. Peyton loves to throw and it looks like he has more than enough depth in the receiving department.
Ball and the Running Backs: The Broncos have plenty of depth at running back going into training camp, despite releasing Willis McGahee last week. Montee Ball, the second round draft pick out of Wisconsin, was signed and is expected to round out a deep list of RB’s that include: Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno, Jacob Hester, C.J. Anderson, Lance Ball and Jeremiah Johnson. While the final roster may not support all of these players there is a great mix of young and fast, as well as proven and dependable.
Offensive Line Challenge: 3 O-line players are still recovering from off-season surgeries and that presents both a challenge and an opportunity. The back up players from last season are getting plenty of reps in practice, making them more reliable when called on in game situations, and could win the starting positions if the players’ recoveries don’t go well. The Broncos need depth on the offensive line and this scenario almost guarantees it. The challenge comes when J.D. Walton, Ryan Clady, Chris Kuper, and tight end Joel Dressen return without having participated in spring meetings and team events and will have to get up to speed quickly.
Dependable Defense: With all of the major players returning, Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio is pleased with where the defense is so far in the off season. With known names like Champ Bailey, Von Miller, Quentin Jammer, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (added to the team in March,) and emerging leaders like Wesley Woodyard and Derek Wolfe, the number 2 ranked defense from 2012 is poised to repeat in 2013.
Finally, I can’t end a discussion of the Broncos without mentioning their best rookie-that-was, Tim Tebow. Despite a disdain for everything Patriots, I have to agree with Uncle Crappy’s take on Tebow and his place with the team. He’s getting his shot. I wonder, though, if Timmy and his squeaky clean image might have a little impact on the Belli-cheat that we know. Only time will tell.
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