Backup offensive lineman: Ben Garland +2.4, Shelley Smith +2.0, and Michael Schofield +1.3
Ben Garland and Shelley Smith both graded out positively in the run blocking department. Garland had a +1.6 while Smith had a +1.2.
Backup right tackle Michael Schofield graded out positively in the pass blocking department. The second-year player was given a +1.1 pass blocking grade.
Center Matt Paradis +1.7
The Broncos starting center continued to stand out on the offensive side of the ball with another solid performance on Saturday night.
According to Pro Football Focus, Paradis was given a +0.6 pass blocking grade, a +0.5 screen blocking grade, and a +0.5 run blocking grade. It was a pretty consistent showing for the Broncos young center.
Wide receiver Andre Caldwell +1.1
The veteran wide receiver caught a 57-yard touchdown from quarterback Brock Osweiler. He finished the night with 2 receptions for 61 yards.
Offensive Players who need to improve:
Quarterback Peyton Manning -1.5
I don't think his night was all that bad. He finished the night 8 for 14, for 52 yards, but penalties and drops really ruined the night for the Broncos signal caller.
I'm not too concerned.
Tackle Ryan Harris -2.5
It was a rough night for the Broncos starting right tackle. He had a team-low -2.8 run blocking grade. That's something that will need to improve going forward.
Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett +5.6
For the second straight week, Broncos outside linebacker Shaq Barrett had an impressive showing during the team's preseason game. He finished the night with 2 tackles, 1 sack, 2 QB hits, and 2 QB hurries.
He was given a +5.1 pass defense grade, and a +1.8 run defense grade. Barrett has earned himself a roster spot on the Broncos.
Outside linebacker Shane Ray +2.7
The Broncos first-round pick had himself a good night as well. He finished the night with 4 tackles, 1 sacks, and 2 QB hurries.
Ray was given a +1.8 run defense grade and a +1.3 pass defense grade. The Broncos have an embarrassment of riches at the edge rusher position.
Inside linebacker Zaire Anderson +2.1
The undrafted rookie continued to have a solid summer for the Broncos. He finished the game with 3 tackles, and 1 QB hit.
He was given a +0.8 pass rush grade and a +1.3 coverage grade. The 5'11, 220lb rookie linebacker has a future as a sub-package linebacker in the league, and could be earning himself a roster spot. He out snapped Lamin Barrow and Reggie Walker.
Other notable standouts on defense:
- Linebacker Brandon Marshall +2.5
- Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. +1.7
- Nose Tackle Darius Kilgo +1.7
- Cornerback Lorenzo Doss +1.3
Defensive players who need to improve:
Cornerback Kayvon Webster -1.1
Despite getting a sack, it wasn't a great night for the Broncos cornerback. He earned himself a -1.6 in pass coverage.
With the cornerback competition as fierce as it is with the Broncos, he needs to step up his game or else he could lose his roster spot.