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Broncos training camp 2014: Position battles update

Here's where things stand after five days of practices

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Brock Osweiler is firmly entrenched as the #2.  Zac Dysert has been hit or miss, and Bryn Renner isn't getting any reps.  Peyton is Peyton though he has been picked quite a bit more than I can remember when compared with last season.


Ball, Anderson, and Hillman is your pecking order.  Beyond that you have a competition for the final spot and Kapri Bibbs seems to be on the losing end at the moment.


Cody Latimer has been the star of training camp.  There have been a lot of mentions about Greg Wilson, but realistically, he probably isn't going to win a spot on the team.  One name that seems to be missing is Andre Caldwell's.  Even with Demaryius gone from practice I have not seen much about his contributions thus far.  He could be a darkhorse to be cut if the Broncos are looking to keep 5 WR and Isaiah Burse sticks as your return man.


Your three headed monster continues to be Julius, Virgil, and Jacob.  Virgil is receiving more reps in the passing game.  Though Gerrell Robinson is mentioned, I would be surprised if he made this team.  Cam Morrah seems to be the other backup garnering more attention, so if the Broncos are going to keep a 4th TE, I would suspect that Robinson and Morrah are fighting for this spot.


??? This is one positional group that has not received a lot of attention.  I've heard virtually nothing beyond Chris Clark getting beat or Will Montgomery snapping the ball too high.



Kevin Vickerson is being eased back into action.  Marvin Austin is getting a lot of attention for his quick 1st step and pocket collapsing efforts.  This is not good news for Mitch Unrein who has been a solid contributor for the last several years.


Derek Wolfe seems to have reclaimed his position in the defense.  The other locks should be Ware and Jackson.  Beyond that, Kenny Aninuke has made some noise and may have created a fight for the final DE spot with Quanterus Smith.  You can never have enough pass rushers, and if the Broncos wanted to keep an extra body, it might be here.


Brandon Marshall has been receiving a lot of the work with the starting defense in coverage.  That tells me Lamin Barrow and Cory Nelson are not quite up to speed yet.  There has been absolutely no word on Barrett while Lerentee McCray has seen the lions share of action at the SAM behind Von Miller.  Nate Irving seems to still have a lock on the base down MLB spot.  Right now I'd have to project a final 6 of Miller, McCray, Irving, Barrow, Trevathan, and Marshall.  If they keep 7 the Broncos will have to make a tough cut.


Aqib Talib is firmly your #1 with Chris Harris Jr. just behind and coming back from injury.  It seems as if Bradley Roby's early struggles have opened the door a bit for Kayvon Webster who has seen more time with the 1's.  Tony Carter has been boom or bust and the UDFA rookie Louis Young has made a name for himself by making play after play around the ball.  If the Broncos keep 6, Carter, Young, and Bolden are fighting for two spots.


Lots of movement here, but it David Bruton and Duke Ihenacho are entrenched as your backups to Moore and Ward respectively.  Not a lot about Quinton Carter has been coming out.

My projections

Keep in mind, this is only what I would do, not necessarily what I think the Broncos will do.

2 QB

4 RB

3 TE

9 OL

5 WR

23 offense

9 DL

7 LB

11 DB

27 defense