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The Broncos get the chip back on their shoulder

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From lukewarm draft reviews to a joke of a rating for one of the best CBs playing the game today, the Broncos get dealt the disrespect card for this season.

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Let’s start by saying the Broncos after a 5 - 11 season don’t deserve respect. The team turned into a laughingstock in 2017. Check. We got you fam.

But there are signs brewing that the MSM is once again turning a blind eye to the highlights of “that team out west in the mountains”.

Jeff Legwold was asked to grade the Broncos outlook for 2018 after the draft and called us a “lukewarm” team. Rated with the likes of Oakland and the NY Jets. Look, I know we sucked last year, but after a draft that by all accounts the Broncos knocked out of the park, really?

And Chris Harris, Jr. was voted 86th of the top 100. I guess it is something to say that he’s still on the list after our abysmal season in 2017, but the dude is the most technically sound corners in the game.

I always like it when our team gets overlooked though. The team seems to play a lot better when they are constant dogs week after week and getting overlooked...AMARITE Carolina?

Broncos News:

Mason's Mailbag: Who in the draft class could start immediately?
Bradley Chubb is the obvious choice, although his position group is stacked. But there are other potential Day 1 starters in Denver's draft haul.

Chris Harris Jr. voted No. 86 on NFL Top 100 list
Harris is the first Broncos player to make the list this season.

Other less cool NFL teams’ news:

Tom Brady of New England Patriots says he plans to play this season
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will play in 2018 as part of his goal to extend his career into his mid-40s.

NFL optimism ratings for all 32 teams after the draft, free agency
Should you be confident about your team's upcoming season? NFL Nation reporters assess how fans of every team should feel after the draft.

NFL looking into modifying, not eliminating, kickoffs - NFL.com
Speaking at the NFL's two-day coaching summit on proposed rule changes, Troy Vincent emphasized the league is looking to revise kickoffs in the hopes of making the play safer, per NFL Network's Judy Battista.

Top 100 Players of 2018, Nos. 91-100: Kirk Cousins misses top 75 - NFL.com
Grab the pitchforks and torches -- Minnesota's messiah isn't in the top 10. Heck, he's not even in the top 50, or the top 75. Kirk Cousins checks in at No. 94 this year, even after that hefty contract.

Here's what the Steelers offense should look like in 2018 and beyond if everything falls into place - CBSSports.com
When that day arrives, we'll be asking if the Steelers have done enough to prepare for life after Big Ben

Browns exec on Mayfield: "He blew me away' | SI.com
Browns executive explains team choosing Baker Mayfield at No. 1 over Sam Darnold, Josh Allen