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3 keys to the Broncos having a winning season

The Denver Broncos have had a rough start. After their bye week, what are the keys to them finishing with a winning season?

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The Denver Broncos have had a rough start of it so far this season. But with a 2 game-winning streak going into the bye with an impressive win over the dominant division champions in recent years, Broncos Country is seeing a glimmer of hope.

I do see a possibility for this team to keep being competitive week in and week out. That means they have a shot to finish on the right side of 500 for the first time since 2016. They are in the middle of figuring themselves out under new head coach Sean Payton. That means there is still plenty of work to do. So I give you the 3 things I think I’d tweak if I were calling the shots in order to help this team improve.

1) Get Jaleel McLaughlin more carries

I don’t want to take anything away from how well Javonte Williams is playing. He’s phenomenal and doing a great job in every facet of what is expected out of the running back position.

That being said, McLaughlin adds more of a spark to the offense and averages over 8 yards per carry. I’m not saying he needs to get anything close to 50% of the snaps, but if we could get him in the 20-30% range, it would lead to an uptick in offensive production.

2) Get more targets for Marvin Mims, Jr.

Mims is electrifying with the ball in his hands. The Broncos need to stop limiting these opportunities to the kick return game. Find ways to get him the ball either deep or in space and let him work (this is a no-brainer, honestly).

3) Keep P.J. Locke involved in the secondary

Kareem Jackson will be back and able to play after this week’s game. When he is cleared to return, the Broncos need to find a way to keep getting P.J. Locke snaps. Not because Locke is an improvement (he’s not), but because Locke is the future and he needs to keep getting work on the field in order to develop. He already has shown that he’s not a liability and we’ll get to see him again this week with starting duties. Those snaps he’s getting are precious to his development and he is a key to the future of this defensive backfield.

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