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The Denver Broncos release their first depth chart of the 2016 season. Here’s my No Bull thoughts on it.

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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.

Check out the official depth chart here.

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.

Offense

OFFENSE
WR 88 Demaryius Thomas 16 Bennie Fowler 87 Jordan Taylor 15 DeVier Posey 17 Mose Frazier
5 Durron Neal
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.

Defense

DEFENSE
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.

Special Teams

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK 8 Brandon McManus
KO 8 Brandon McManus
P 4 Britton Colquitt 9 Riley Dixon
H 4 Britton Colquitt 9 Riley Dixon
LS 42 Casey Kreiter
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.