The Denver Broncos opened up their 2015 preseason by heading to the not so friendly confines of CenturyLink field to take on the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos had Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, and multiple other veterans sitting out this game, so Brock Osweiler and a few other young guys had an opportunity to play a lot of snaps. Let's see how they did.
Quarterback Brock Osweiler +1.3:
Osweiler enjoyed a good game against the Seahawks Friday night. He went 15 for 20 for 151 yards and 1 touchdown. He showed improved poise in the pocket and made a great throw to tight end Virgil Green in the end zone. This was an important for Osweiler, and he had probably his best game as a Bronco.
Receiver Cody Latimer: +1.9:
It was no surprise to Cody Latimer have a great game Friday night. He had 4 receptions for 49 yards. The second-year receiver continues to look dominant, and should carry this over into the regular season. I expect a breakout season for Latimer.
Offensive linemen Louis Vasquez(+1.4), Max Garcia(+1.7), and Matt Paradis(+1.6):
The Broncos starting interior offensive line had a solid performance Friday night.
Rookie Max Garcia led the way with a +1.7 overall rating, and a team-high +2.2 run blocking grade. He had a -0.6 pass block grade which isn't awful. Garcia did not give up a sack or quarterback hit but was credited with one quarterback hurry. Overall, this is a great sign for the Broncos.
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Center Matt Paradis had a great game as well. He had a +1.6 overall rating, and a +2.0 run blocking grade. He had a -0.5 pass blocking grade as well. Paradis did not give up a sack or hurry, but he did get credited with 1 quarterback hit. Overall, the Broncos have to be pleased by this performance.
The veteran Louis Vasquez looked at home at right guard. He had a +1.4 overall rating, and a +1.1 run blocking grade. He had a positive +0.3 pass blocking grade as well. Vasquez did not allow a sack, hit, or hurry.
Center Gino Gradkowski(+2.6) and Offensive tackle Chris Clark(+2.5):
Both Gino Gradkowski and Chris Clark played well with the second team offensive line.
Gradkowski was the Broncos most consistent offensive lineman on Friday. He had a +2.6 overall rating which was the best on the offense. He had a +1.3 run blocking rating and a +1.3 pass blocking rating. He did not allow any QB hits, hurries or sacks.
Offensive tackle Chris Clark had a good showing as well. His +2.5 rating was the second best on the offense. He had a +1.6 run blocking rating and a +0.8 pass blocking grade. He also did not allow any QB hits, hurries or sacks.
Other notable offensive players
- Fullback Joe Don Duncan +1.9
- Running back Ronnie Hillman +1.8
- Right Tackle Ryan Harris +0.8
- Quarterback Trevor Siemian +0.6
Offensive players who need to improve
Left tackle Ty Sambrailo -0.2:
The rookie left tackle had an up and down day for the Broncos. He had the lowest grade of any starting offensive line. Sambrailo had a +0.9 pass blocking grade, and a -0.3 run blocking grade. His -0.8 penalty grade really hurts his score. Sambrailo did not allow a QB hit or sack, but did allow 1 QB hurry.
Guard Shelley Smith -1.6:
The veteran guard had a rough night run blocking. He had a -2.3 run blocking grade which is just not good. His +0.6 pass blocking grade helps his score a bit. Smith allowed one QB hurry.
Right Tackle Michael Schofield -1.5:
It was also a rough night for Schofield in the run blocking department. The second-year offensive tackle had a -1.8 run blocking grade, and a +0.2 pass blocking grade.
Running back Juwan Thompson -1.1:
The second-year running back had a rough night Friday night. He had issues on special teams, and a negative -1.1 rushing grade. He had 8 rushes for 12 yards. He will need to improve if he wants to make this team.
Other notable players who need to improve:
- Guard Ben Garland -0.1(-1.3 run blocking grade)
- Quarterback Zac Dysert -1.7
Defensive end Kenny Anunike +4.5:
Anunike had the best overall rating of any player from Friday night's game. He totaled a +4.5 overall rating, and his +2.5 run stopping grade was the best on the team. He also had an impressive +1.9 pass rushing grade. Anunike finished the night with 8 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 QB hit.
Linebacker Von Miller +2.2:
The Broncos All-Pro linebacker had an impressive night Friday night. He had a +2.2 overall grade, a +2.8 pass rushing grade. Von only played 7 total snaps, but he had 2 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble,
Linebacker Shaq Barrett +3.5
If it weren't for Anunike's performance on Friday, we would all be talking about Shaq Barret. The young linebacker had a +3.5 overall grade, and a team-high +3.2 pass rushing grade. He finished the night with 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 QB hits, and 2 QB hurries.
Other notable defensive standouts:
- Defensive end Malik Jackson +2.0
- Linebacker Todd Davis +2.2
- Safety Ross Madison +2.2
- Lineback Lamin Barrow +1.4
- Defensive end Derek Wolfe +1.7
- Nose Tackle Chuke Ndulue +2.0
Defensive players who need to improve:
Nose tackle Sylvester Williams -1.5:
The Broncos nose tackle didn't fair too well according to PFF. They gave him a -1.3 run defense grade. Williams was credited with one tackle on Friday.
Linebacker Shane Ray -1.1:
I thought the rookie linebacker looked good on Friday, but PFF disagrees. They gave him a -1.1 pass rush grade and a +0.3 run defense grade. Ray had one tackle, 1 QB hurry and 1 forced fumble.
Other notable defensive players who need to improve:
- Linebacker Danny Mason -1.5
- Safety Josh Furman -1.2
- Cornerback Tony Carter -0.7