The Broncos released their first depth chart of the season and as most of us expected, very little in the way of answers was provided.
My first thought on this is that this has to be the most Bill Belichick-like middle finger to the media and all non-football employed plebs I’ve seen out of Dove Valley in a long time, but honestly, this is the way good NFL teams operate. Too much transparency can give other teams an edge.
But seriously, all of the most interesting question spots on the team are “Co-starters”. Our QB, RG, TE, #2 RB, #2 NT, and #2 SS positions all are listed this way. Thanks for the insight
John Fox Gary Kubiak!
Cynicism aside, there are some interesting notes to take away from the chart. Let’s read between the lines a bit and see what this chart says about our depth.
|WR||88||Demaryius Thomas||16||Bennie Fowler||87||Jordan Taylor||15||DeVier Posey||17||Mose Frazier|
|LT||73||Russell Okung||79||Michael Schofield||75||Cameron Jefferson||64||Justin Murray|
|LG||73||Max Garcia||62||Aaron Neary||69||Sam Carlson||67||Mathu Gibson|
|C||61||Matt Paradis||53||James Ferentz||55||Dillon Day|
|RG||74||T. Sambrailo / 79 M. Schofield||77||Darrion Weems||60||Connor McGovern||70 Robert Myers Jr.|
|RT||71||Donald Stephenson||77||Darrion Weems||66||Kyle Roberts||78||Lars Hanson|
|TE||82||J. Heuerman / 85 V. Green||80||Garrett Graham||86||John Phillips||84||Henry Krieger‐Coble|
|WR||10||Emmanuel Sanders||14||Cody Latimer||11||Jordan Norwood||19||Kalif Raymond||2||Bralon Addison|
|RB||22||C.J. Anderson||23||R. Hillman / 20 D. Booker||35||Kapri Bibbs|
|QB||6||M. Sanchez / 13 T. Siemian||12||Paxton Lynch|
|FB||32||Andy Janovich||40||Juwan Thompson|
I do find it interesting to see that Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer seem to be holding strong on the #3 and #4 WR spots given all the hype we hear about Jordan Taylor. Moving into Thursday, this is something worth watching to find reasons why.
For all of Broncos Country, the QB position is likely to be the most frustrating of the “co-listings”. Most of us on staff still think this is all a sham designed to keep eyes off of Paxton Lynch and keep the heat off of him for his first training camp.
The last eyebrow raising thing to me is that Devontae Booker is up at the #2 spot. That says to me that he’s doing a decent enough job at pass protection to be considered as a viable RB option, which says a lot.
|DE||95||Derek Wolfe||99||Adam Gotsis||91||Lars Koht|
|NT||92||Sylvester Williams||98||D. Kilgo / 90 K. Peko||62||David Moala|
|DE||96||Vance Walker||93||Jared Crick||97||Billy Winn||63||Calvin Heuertelou|
|SLB||58||Von Miller||48||Shaquil Barrett||57||Dekoda Watson||65||Eddie Yabrough|
|WLB||94||DeMarcus Ware||56||Shane Ray||68||Vontarrius Dora||59||Sadat Sulleyman|
|ILB||54||Brandon Marshall||52||Corey Nelson||46||Dwayne Norman||49||Darnell Sankey|
|ILB||51||Todd Davis||50||Zaire Anderson||41||Kyle Kragen||47||Frank Shannon|
|LCB||21||Aqib Talib||36||Kayvon Webster||39||Taurean Nixon||30||B.J. Lowery|
|RCB||25||Chris Harris Jr.||29||Bradley Roby||37||Lorenzo Doss||45||John Tidwell|
|SS||43||T.J. Ward||33||S. Keo / 34 W. Parks||28||Ryan Murphy|
|FS||26||Darian Stewart||31||Justin Simmons||27||Brandian Ross||38||Antonio Glover|
We’ve been hearing about Kyle Peko a lot so far and he’s doing well enough to be considered a #2 NT which is a big deal for this defense. Wade Phillips likes to keep his guys fresh and rotate guys out. Having 3 viable options at NT can only help this team in 2016.
The only other interesting note on the defense is that Will Parks is challenging Shiloh Keo at the #2 SS spot on the depth chart. That’s a battle you want to see continue as a young rookie battles a journeyman vet. Either way, both of these guys can contribute on Special Teams.
|P||4||Britton Colquitt||9||Riley Dixon|
|H||4||Britton Colquitt||9||Riley Dixon|
|PR||11||Jordan Norwood||19||Kalif Raymond||2||Bralon Addison|
So far, the rookie punter Riley Dixon has not unseated Britton Colquitt, but you have to think their action in the preseason games will mean the most.
Maybe the biggest gem of this depth chart is that Jordan Norwood is currently seen as our best punt and kick returner. Kalif Raymond and Bralon Addison need to be electric as returners in the preseason and show that they can be counted on as WR depth if they want to make this team.