It seems like the biggest talk of any Bronco fan right now is the roster and how many holes the team needs to fill. That’s nothing new or odd in and of itself, but I oftentimes find myself scratching my head about the specific roster holes people think the Broncos do and do not have.
So this week, let’s talk roster holes, No Bull style (and yes, that means my biased opinion based on the review work I’ve done all season) in order of importance.
For those of you who’ve been following me this season, this comes as absolutely no surprise, nor should it. The Broncos offense looked abysmal again in 2020 and the largest share of the fault for that was poor quarterback play.
I’m in good company in this opinion since we know the Broncos had an offer for Matt Stafford and are rumored to be looking to upgrade the position. This is the area Broncos Country is busy watching with bated breath. I will say if you are a Lock fan and expect the team to stand pat at QB, you should probably brace yourself for disappointment.
The Broncos’ defense limped through the season with a laundry list of corners. They have Michael Ojemudia with a year of very important starting time to be excited about as he looked more good than bad. But after releasing A.J. Bouye, they have no prime starting cornerback on the roster.
Look for the Broncos to add a starting corner this offseason with likely some depth moves as well to bolster the quality of the group.
#3 Inside Linebacker
I’ve honestly been clanging this bell for what seems like eons. The Broncos are short a starting quality inside linebacker that can cover at a high level. It isn’t that I don’t appreciate what Josey Jewel has been able to do, it is more that I think that’s a spot that an upgrade could make a big impact on the defense as a whole.
#4 Running Back
Melvin Gordon III isn’t going anywhere, but the team should be looking to up[grade the position. They haven’t been able to use Phillip Lindsay to his potential and if that isn’t going to happen, they should find a guy in the draft that they really like in the middle rounds and take the opportunity to upgrade the position.
#5 Interior Defensive Line
This mainly is a roster hole because of Shelby Harris being a UFA. If they can get him signed, this isn’t as big of a problem. It is worth noting that they also lose Demarcus Walker who looked very good as a rotational player for the team.
Omissions of note:
I’m one of the few voices covering the Broncos that isn’t concerned with the offensive line. Like it or not, Ja’Wuan James is going to be back at right tackle next season. If he’s not, we may need a right tackle, but the team did a pretty darn good job as a unit this season. They have answers at LT, LG, C, and RG with the only question being can Lloyd Cushenberry step up for his 2nd season. Elijah Wilkenson held down the right tackle position with Demar Dotson and I wasn’t noticing sack after sack game in and game out like we had in season’s past. That may have something to do with a lack of holding calls from the refs, but I don’t find that likely.
I also left safety off the list and that’s the biggest area that I hem and haw about. I take it on faith given what I’ve heard that they will resign Justin Simmons. I also think if Kareem Jackson wants to keep playing football they will find a way to keep him as well.
Your turn. What do you think are the biggest needs of this roster? Hit me up in the comments and let me know your thoughts, Broncos Country!
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