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2021 Denver Broncos Preview



Head Coach: Vic Fangio

2020

Record: 5-11

You can’t really fault the Broncos for their 4th straight losing record last year. Other than San Francisco, no team was close to the ridiculous number of injuries to starters; at on point they had 8 starters at once out on D…. and at another point literally had to play a game without an actual QB. Hard to get worse than that.

2021

2021 Draft Picks

1-9 CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama

2-35 RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina

3-98 C Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater

3-105  LB Baron Browning, Ohio State

5-152 DB Caden Sterns, Texas

5-164 DB Jamar Johnson, Indiana

6-219 (compensatory pick) WR Seth Williams, Auburn

7-237 DB Kary Vincent, LSU

7-239 LB Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State

7-253 DE Marquiss Spencer, Mississippi State

The Broncos had a lot of needs going in, and addressed most of them… other than the biggest one… QB. Surtain was the best DB in the draft, and could start in game one. Williams should be a solid NFL RB, and there are 3 or 4 potential eventual starters after that.

Key Pick Ups

Teddy Bridgewater – QB (from Panthers)

Kyle Fuller – CB (from Bears)

Ronald Darby – CB (from Football Team)

Got much needed secondary help.

Key Losses

Phillip Lindsay – RB (to Texans)

A.J. Bouye – CB (to Panthers)

Jurrell Casey – DT (FA)

Losing Casey will be felt. The other two were replaceable role players.

Offense

Offensive Coordinator: Pat Shurmur

2020 Points Scored: 323 (28th)

Tell me of you’ve heard this one before… man, if the Broncos just had a QB…. Bridgewater is an improvement, but there’s a reason the guy is on his 4th team in 7 years. You kind of had to feel bad for Broncos fans, who spent most of the summer with Aaron Rodgers dreams. The O line isn’t nearly what it once was, but they’ll still run the ball, and Teddy B and an underrated receiving corps should keep them competitive.

Defense

2020 Points Allowed: 446 (25th)

Defensive Coordinator: Ed Donatell

Now that the whole defensive lineup isn’t on the IR, the Broncos D should return to elite status; they may, in fact, be better than they were in 2019; they’ve made some good additions, drafted well, and a lot of young players got a lot of real game experience in 2020, which might make this the deepest D in the league.

Special Teams

The Broncos special teams wasn’t great in 2020, but should be improved in 2021. Several solid special teams guys were brought in. Brandon McManus is a beast… 15 from 50+ last year.

If Things Go Well

When you have a great defense, almost anything is possible. Bridgewater would have to have the season of his life to reach this level, and the O line would have to improve quite a but.

If They Don’t

If Teddy struggles, or if the Broncos do something boneheaded like throw Drew Lock back out there, that great D will be wasted.

Prediction

Again.. great D. Means they’ll always be in games. Bridgewater should be solid, and has a better team around him than he did in Carolina. There are too many good teams in the AFC to see Denver in the post season, but the 4 year run of losing seasons should end.

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Date Opponent
Sunday
Sep. 12
at New York Giants
Sunday
Sep. 19
at Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday
Sep. 26
New York Jets
Sunday
Oct. 3
Baltimore Ravens
Sunday
Oct. 10
at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday
Oct. 17
Las Vegas Raiders
Thursday
Oct. 21
at Cleveland Browns
Sunday
Oct. 31
Washington Football Team
Sunday
Nov. 7
at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday
Nov. 14
Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday
Nov. 21
BYE
Sunday
Nov. 28
Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday
Dec. 5
at Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday
Dec. 12
Detroit Lions
Sunday
Dec. 19
Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday
Dec. 26
at Las Vegas Raiders
Sunday
Jan. 2
at Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday
Jan. 9
Kansas City Chief

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