Good morning, Broncos Country!
On paper, the Denver Broncos are a much better team now than they were at the end of the 2016 season. They bolstered their offensive and defensive lines through the free agency and the draft, as well as adding much needed firepower on the offensive side of the ball to help resurrect a unit that was among the league's worst last year. Whether or not the additions made will make a significant impact in making the Broncos a playoff and Super Bowl contender in 2017 remains to be seen, but fans should be excited about what is on the horizon for our beloved franchise.
Head Coach Vance Joseph has stressed the importance of competition throughout his earliest month's as the team's new leader of men. There is no doubt that the team will have more competition at a variety of roster spots. However, the team still appears to have a few question marks heading into the season that may be a cause of concern once the rubber meets the road and the bright lights shine above football's glorious gridiron.
For me, right tackle and nose tackle are still the biggest question marks remaining on the team. I'm not sure that Menelik Watson will be the answer at right tackle for the Broncos, who has a concerning injury history and has never reached his potential after being a high draft selection several years ago. Furthermore, I also question if Domata Peko as the team's starting nose tackle will prove to be much of an upgrade over Sylvester Williams. His play has declined over recent years and it's doubtful at age 32 that he will become the formidable player he once was early on in his career with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Last but not least, I'm a little concerned about the quality of depth at the inside linebacker position. The Broncos did add several undrafted free agents to the mix, but didn't use any draft capital on selecting someone to help reinforce the unit. I'm not too worried about Brandon Marshall, who is coming off an underwhelming 2016 campaign, and feel that Todd Davis, Zaire Anderson and Corey Nelson are best suited as back-ups, as opposed to players who will see a significant amount of snaps in 2017.
Right now, it's all speculation until the games are played, but feel free to voice your opinions in the comments section in respect to positions on the roster that are still of concern to you.
As always, thank you for reading and here is today's offering of Horse Tracks.
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