With the free agency season about to kick off for the Denver Broncos, it is a great time to step back, take a look at the roster, and play a little armchair GM leading up to all of the excitement of possible free agent signings, trades, and of course the NFL Draft.
All of this is my own personal opinion based on the tried and true eye test of what I’ve seen from these players on the field. For the sake of brevity, I’ll be leaving out guys that didn’t see the field in any significant way in 2019. Enjoy the discussion, join the subjective debate, and share your thoughts good or bad in the comments.
All snap count numbers come from https://www.footballoutsiders.com/. All contract information is from https://www.overthecap.com. Any football statistics noted are from https://www.pro-football-reference.com.
Next up, we’ll take a look at the Defensive Secondary and find out what holes the Broncos should be looking to fill in the 2020 NFL offseason.
Player Rating Key:
1 - Project / developmental - lacking necessary skills to contribute as it stands today
2 - Backup quality - Can play, but isn’t a guy you want out there every snap
3 - Mediocre starter - Doesn’t bring anything special to the table, but is able to do the job
4 - Good starter - An above-average talent
5 - Blue chip player - Top 10 talent in the NFL at what he does
Unit Rating Key:
1 - Critical Need - lack of talent at starter and depth
2 - Lacking at least one starter
3 - Mediocre need
4 - Solid talent and depth
5 - Elite talent level
Brandon McManus - 4
The bearded wonder of the Denver Broncos is still by statistics one a top 11 NLF kicker (no, not top 10...he’s literally 11th in FG% and 12th in XP%). He’s a very solid veteran NFL kicker though. He still has a big leg and has a lot of experience making big time NFL kicks.
His kickoff ability is in my mind probably the most overlooked aspect of his game. He’s a kicker who can at any time put the ball out of the back of the endzone and has been pretty good at kicking off accurately to be short of the goal line when asked to.
Unit Rating - 4
We have a solid kicker and the only reason to really consider a change here would have to do with your opinion on using solid money on one of the least important positions in the NFL. Kickers that can work at the NFL level are not hard to come by and currently the Broncos are paying 4.5M this year for their kicker. That’s pretty high pay for the 10th - 12th best kicker in the NFL.
Colby Wadman - 2
Now here’s a player that I think needs some serious competition in training camp. Colby Wadman’s game last season was severely underwhelming. His punting average is in the bottom third of the league. The team needs a punter with talent or they need a Special Teams coordinator who doesn’t meddle with the punter’s technique.
Unit Rating - 1
It may seem drastic, but this honestly is a position the team can easily make an upgrade at. There were some pretty disappointing punts last season that were real head scratchers and it would be nice to get a punter who can eliminate that mistake.