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Horse Tracks: Who should we be excited about so far?

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Every offseason, fans of every team gets hyped over their group of guys. Yes, even Oakland Raiders fans think they might win 10 games right now. Given that, who should we really be excited about with the Denver Broncos right now and who should we be concerned about?

I've read every report and kept an eye on Denver Broncos training camp so far and there are a few guys I'm super excited about and there are also a few guys I think we should be concerned about.


Emmanuel Sanders. The dude has been lightning in a bottle all training camp. What a steal for John Elway and what a weapon for Peyton Manning. I think Demaryius Thomas still ends up with the most yards and touchdowns, but Sanders won't be very far behind.

Von Miller. Every single report has Von Miller looking stronger and faster than he was last year. If he keeps up this kind of pace he could be ready to explode onto the 2015 scene with a monster year. This will only help guys like DeMarcus Ware and Malik Jackson who will also be looking to get after the quarterback. I love contract years.

C.J. Anderson. Before training camp began, I felt that maybe Montee Ball would be the guy in this zone blocking scheme, but so far its been the C.J. Anderson show. He's the man in Denver and I'm no longer going to wonder about the whether the guys behind will take over the starting position. Only an injury can make that happen now.


Shane Ray. It's typical for fans of the Broncos to talk up players they have high hopes for and a first round draft pick would fit that bill. However, I've heard one camp attendee refer to Ray as nothing more than a third string OLB, which is a pretty damning assessment for the rookie first round pick. Here's to hoping that assessment is dead wrong.

Chris Clark. This is a guy who was supposed to be better than we all thought, but even with all of the offensive line concerns we have he has been unable to crack the starting lineup. Let's hope he doesn't see much playing time.

Brock Osweiler. He got some playing time with the first string and did little to inspire confidence in our future. I certainly am not feeling any Aaron Rodgers mojo from him and nor should you. At this point, I think we would be better off with Tim Tebow as Peyton Manning's successor.

Naturally, all of these excitements and concerns could change over the next few weeks, but this is just the first taste of Broncos training camp from what we have seen from the players thus far.

Any other guys you are excited or concerns about?

Horse Tracks

Day 8 -- Offense making progress |
Von Miller's excitement is palpable, but of greater value is how the offense is adapting to a tweaked scheme. James Casey explains in the Takeaways.

Day 9 -- Manning on the move |
The Broncos scaled back their usual goal-line camp work, but their Saturday practice was still notable for the defense's dominance and the emphasis on rollouts.

Peyton Manning shows mobility, defense stars at Broncos camp - Denver Post
Country singer Kenny Chesney got a show just hours before he was scheduled to perform at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday.

Broncos try to mesh good health, physical play in training camp - ESPN
Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is trying to find a way to construct the kind of physical, punishing team he wants on both sides of the ball and still escape training camp and the preseason in good health.

Broncos Day 9 camp report: Run, Peyton, run! | 9NEWS
This time, when Peyton Manning rolled out right and noticed there wasn't a defender within 20 yards, he didn't stop and force a pass downfield to a well-covered receiver.

Manning’s Retirement Could Be Further Out Than Expected |
The Denver Broncos were rumored to be seriously contemplating Peyton Manning’s retirement last offseason, after injuries hampered the 38-year-old quarterback’s play in the tail end of the season. However, new reports indicate that he may still have a lot left in the tank.

Broncos' Thomas is back, but Sanders pulls a hamstring | Salt Lake Tribune
One of Denver's Pro Bowl receivers is back on the field. The other is back in the trainer's room. On the same day Demaryius Thomas participated in his first full practice, Emmanuel Sanders had to leave practice early with a sore right hamstring.

Shane Ray, Chris Clark exchange blows | 9NEWS
Chris Clark and Shane Ray were just plain sick of each other. Ray is the Denver Broncos' highly touted rookie pass rusher who is used to dominating the guy across from him.

Under The Radar Broncos Camp Performers - Mile High Huddle
Not every player at Denver Broncos training camp can make it into the spotlight. Not everyone can be like Solomon Patton, Jordan Taylor, Kenny Anunike, Matt Paradis and Max Garcia.

Ryan Harris will be major factor for OL | Predominantly Orange
When Denver Broncos left tackle and Pro Bowler Ryan Clady went down at OTAs with a major knee injury, the unit was left with far more questions than answers as it was apparent that only Louis Vasquez would be a returning starter in 2015.