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The Broncos need upgrades at offensive skill positions

The Denver Broncos will need to improve their offensive output if they want to get back to relevancy and the postseason in 2024

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The Denver Broncos are going to continue building their offense if they want to get back to the playoffs soon. That’s going to mean new play-makers.

Don’t get distracted by just the quarterback hype, though. The Broncos are going to need an infusion of talent at the skill positions if they want to become a more explosive team.

Looking at today’s lead-off article we see CBS Sports naming the Broncos 2023 MVP as Courtland Sutton. I buy that, but when you look closer, it kind of paints a sad picture—our MVP as a receiver put up 59 receptions for 772 yards with 10 touchdowns.

Only the touchdown count is impressive (tied with 4 guys for 4th best in the league among receivers). The top 10 receivers in the league all have 100 catches. The top 25 have more than 1,000 yards.

We can’t discount the effect of having a mismatch at quarterback for the type of offense Sean Payton likes to run. Russell Wilson was plainly limited in his capability to create consistent chunk plays without a superior run game.

It would behoove the Broncos to also find an upgrade at tight end who can produce as well. In the modern NFL game, tight ends with superb receiving talent make a huge positive impact on an offense's output.

With the severe need for a new quarterback as well as skill positions on the offense, one has to wonder where all these roster upgrades are going to come from given the Broncos cap situation and lack of draft picks due to past trades...

Broncos News:

Mile High Morning: CBS Sports identifies Courtland Sutton as Broncos' 2023 MVP
“Courtland Sutton was a fantastic weapon for the Broncos in 2023,” CBS Sports wrote.

Players to watch: Who Broncos fans should know at the 2024 Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl has long been a pipeline for both future stars and key depth players, and this year’s edition should be no different.

NFL Network draft analyst: Four quarterbacks have Round 1 grades - Denver Sports
There’s some question as to whether Bo Nix is a Round 1 talent among draft-eligible quarterbacks, but it’s not a question to Chad Reute

Other NFL News:

Daniel Jeremiah's top 50: 2024 NFL Draft prospect rankings 1.0
Daniel Jeremiah reveals his initial prospect rankings for the 2024 NFL Draft. What is the pecking order among the marquee quarterbacks? Just how loaded is this wide receiver class? Check out the full rundown, 1-50.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones 'all in' on 2024 season: 'Let's don't discount hanging around the rim'
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones met with reporters on Tuesday from the Reese's Senior Bowl and discussed how his franchise will be "all in" on the 2024 season.

Texans OC Bobby Slowik, QBs coach Jerrod Johnson staying in Houston after taking interviews
Houston Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik and quarterbacks coach Jerrod Johnson are staying with the team for the 2024 season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday, per sources.

Patrick Mahomes - Justin Tucker aimed to 'get under our skin' - ESPN
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Tuesday that the Ravens' Justin Tucker was trying to "get under our skin'' by interfering with his routine before Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

QB Michael Penix Jr. eager to show NFL scouts what he can do - ESPN
NFL quarterback prospect Michael Penix Jr., whose early college career was marred by injuries, is healthy and ready to show scouts at the Senior Bowl what he can do.