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Denver Broncos 2018 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/7/2018.


Denver Broncos Free Agency Recap


Denver signed quarterback Case Keenum in Free Agency. They traded for right tackle Jared Valdheer too.



Denver Broncos Draft Recap


The Broncos got as many as four long-term starters in Bradley Chubb, Courtland Sutton, Royce Freeman, and Isaac Yiadom.




Denver Broncos Quarterback Summary: Case Keenum will start in week 1. The backup quarterback competition will have Paxton Lynch competing with last years Mr. Irrelevant in Chad Kelly.


Bill Musgrave did well when he got promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. He was Derek Carr's offensive coordinator in Oakland. Klint Kubiak who is Gary Kubiak's son finally got promoted from assistant quarterbacks coach to quarterbacks coach with the Denver Broncos.


Denver Broncos Running Back Summary: Denver has Devontae Booker, Royce Freeman, and D'Angelo Henderson competing for the starting running back job. All three running backs have enough upside to starters. I love the depth the Broncos have in the backfield. Curtis Modkins was the running backs coach on the Chicago Bears. He had tremendous success with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen last season so he should bring dsimilar success to Denver.


Denver Broncos Wide Receiver Summary: Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are Denver's two best receivers. Rookie Courtland Sutton is dominating to teh point where he's pushing Sanders another former SMU Mustang for the WR2 spot. You also got Carlos Henderson, Denver's 2017 third round pick out of Louisiana Tech for depth. Denver also drafted DaeShon Hamilton too. Zach Azzanni coached Antonio Brown as a wide receivers coach at Central Michigan. Now he's coaching Denver's wide receivers as the new wide receivers coach.


Denver Broncos Tight End Summary: Jake Butt will be Denver's starting tight end. I don't see much out of Jake Butt to be honest, but Denver likes him. Jeff Heurman will be Denver's backup tight end once again, but they will try to get him more involved in two tight end sets. Geep Chryst has former experience as an offensive coordinator on San Francisco when Jim Harbaugh was there. He did well developing Jake Butt and now many Broncos' fans expect big things out of Jake Butt in 2018.


Denver Broncos Offensive Line Summary: Garrett Bolles did better then I expected at left tackle. Ronald Leary will move from right guard to left guard. Matt Paradis will start at center. Connor McGovern will start at right guard. Jared Veldheer will start at right tackle. Denver has a lot of stability on their offensive line. This offensive line can carry Denver to an AFC West Division Title if all five of these starters play all 16 games.


Sean Kugler is Denver's new offensive line coach. Denver has an offensive line coach for their tackles and an offensive line coach for their interior offensive line. I expect Denver to have one of the leagues best offensive lines as long as this unit is healthy.


The Broncos should have a middle of the pack offense in point scored, yards per game, passing yards per game, and rushing yards per game. This offense is good enough to keep the Broncos in games, but the defense will need to hold up.



Denver Broncos Defensive Line Summary: Denver has Adam Gotsis at 3-4 right end, Domata Peko at nose tackle, and Derek Wolfe at 3-4 left end. Bill Kollar enters his fourth season as Denver's defensive line coach.


Denver Broncos Linebacker Summary: Denver has Von Miller and Bradley Chubb off the edge. In nickel and dime packages Chubb can be used as a 4-3 pass rusher. Both Miller and Chubb can line up on either side, but Ray being injured early in the year means Von Miller gets more double teams. Shane Ray will be an extra pass rusher behind Chubb and Miller for depth. Denver has Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis at 3-4 middle linebacker. Linebackers coach Reggie Herring is gonna have to pick up where Wade Phillips left off as far as getting these linebackers to play with a chip on their shoulder.


When you have a guy as vocal as Von Miller it makes your job easier despite any coaching changes because Von Miller only had one season with less than 11 sacks and he was placed on injured reserve the year he only had 5 sacks. Miller has posted 10 sacks in each of the last four seasons.


Denver Broncos Defensive Backs Summary: Chris Harris Jr. will be the field cornerback on Denver. Bradley Roby is moving from nickel cornerback to boundary cornerback. Then Isaac Yiadom should end up taking over as the nickel cornerback.


Denver has Justin Simmons at strong safety and Darian Steweart at free safety. Denver has Willie Parks for depth too.


Vance Joseph who is Denver's new head coach is great with defensive backs. He finished second behind Gary Kubiak when Kubiak applied for this job back when Joseph was a defensive backs coach with the Miami Dolphins. Joseph took the Dolphins to the playoffs in his first year as defensive coordinator which is one reason why he became Denver's head coach. Joe Woods their defensive backs coach got promoted to defensive coordinator in 2017. You also got Marcus Robertson who enters year two as a defensive backs coach.


Denver will have a top 10 defense in 2018 once again. This could be a top 5 defense by the time 2019 rolls around thanks to Denver's uncanny ability to reload at a lot of key positions the last two years in the NFL Draft.



Denver Broncos Special Teams Summary: Denver has Brandon McManus at kicker and Marquette King at punter. Phillip Lindsay, Brendan Langley, Devontae Booker, and Isaiah McKenzie. We'll know what players win special teams jobs as the preseason unfolds.




Denver Broncos Worst Case Scenario: The Broncos go 7-9 and have a sub .500 record.


Denver Broncos Best Case Scenario: Denver finds a way to win this division and exceeds my expectations. When your defense is as good as Denver is defensively you can never count the Broncos out.


Denver Broncos 2018 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 9
VS
4:25 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 2
September 16
VS
4:25 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 3
September 23
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 4
October 1
VS
8:15 PM EST
ESPN
W
Week 5
October 7
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 6
October 14
VS
4:05 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 7
October 18
AT
8:20 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 8
October 28
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 9
November 4
VS
4:05 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 10
Bye Week
Week 11
November 18
AT
4:05 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 12
November 25
VS
4:25 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 13
December 2
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 14
December 9
AT
4:05 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 15
December 15
VS
4:30 PM EST
NFL Network
L
Week 16
December 24
AT
8:15 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 17
December 30
VS
4:25 PM EST
CBS
W


Denver Broncos 2018 Projected Record (8-8): Denver is one team that I constantly undervalue. If Case Keenum and this offensive line click then the Broncos could easily win the AFC West. If Bradley Chubb gets 10 sacks along with Von Miller then Denver could run away with the AFC West. The talent and skill is there. I also feel like Denver is a year away from reclaiming this division.


The Broncos could easily prove me wrong though. This is an extremely competitive division though. I have more confidence in Derek Carr, Phillip Rivers, and Patrick Mahomes then I do in Case Keenum. Previously, I had Denver at 7-9. With Jimmy Smith suspended now, Denver moves up to 8-8.







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