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Kyle Peko got significant playing time down the stretch and can build on that experience

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The Denver Broncos will hope to see continued improvement in Kyle Peko’s game heading into the 2018 season.

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Kyle Peko spent most of the year as a reserve player, but as the season wore down for the Denver Broncos and the losses piled up, Peko got his chance to make a significant contribution. He played over 25% of the snaps on defense in four of the final five games of the season.

He finished the year with four tackles and two assisted tackles. He will enter the final year of his contract next season and will need to take a significant step in his development.

Kyle Peko PFF Grade 2017

Peko finished the season with an overall 53.4 grade, which isn’t very good. Peko should get the benefit of the doubt as these were his first real games of his short career. He had a 58.2 pass rushing grade and a 53.5 run stopping grade to go along with his overall marks.

Kyle Peko Contract

The Broncos will have a decision to make on Peko’s future with the team as his contract is both cap-friendly for a reserve-type player and team-friendly as Denver would incur no dead money if they decide to park ways with Peko for whatever reason this offseason.

2018 Status

I like Peko. I think him playing with Domata Peko is helping his development greatly. If he can continue picking up the little things that has made his older cousin wildly successfully in the NFL, then he may have a long-term future at the position. The 2018 offseason will be the biggest of his career.