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Denver Broncos July Scouting Report
Charles Rives
7/3/2019

The Broncos mini camps are over and the Broncos are off until training camp begins July 18th. Single-game tickets will go on sale July 16. Denver will travel the fewest miles in the AFC West - 14,270.

Game management is a big deal to HC Vic Fangio. He wants to be great at the end of both halves and at situational football. He likes to give his players a lot early, so by the middle of training camp, they are ready and not learning something new in camp.

 

  • WR Emmanuel Sanders should be good for the start of the regular season.
  • The Broncos typically like to keep at least one tight end on their 10-man practice squad.
  • FB Andy Janovich in Rich Scangarello’s offense can be not only a great blocker, but also a playmaker.
  • FB George Aston’s versatility and special teams ability give him an edge for a practice squad spot.
  • The tempo of the work was brisk throughout the offseason program.
  • Second-year RB Royce Freeman looks faster, and his sharp cutbacks get him up field for solid gains. Freeman excels after-contact and earning the edge on perimeter runs which Denver will use more often in 2019.
  • RB Phillip Lindsay could end up a big-play change up back.
  • OC Rich Scangarello’ San Francisco Offense: shotgun 56%, 44% under center; shotgun run 18% percent, 61% enter; play action 26% of the time.
  • Vic Fangio: OLB Bradley Chubb ‘tailor made’ for (us) defense. S/LB Su'a Cravens must win a job as a safety.
  • Brandon McManus is the only specialist with competition.
  • Off season stand outs: CB DE'VANTE BAUSBY; OLB BRADLEY CHUBB; QB JOE FLACCO; RB ROYCE FREEMAN; TE AUSTIN FORT; TE TROY FUMAGALLI; S WILL PARKS; OLB MALIK REED; WR COURTLAND SUTTON; DL DEMARCUS WALKER
  • Special Teams Coordinator Tom McMahon is "watching every single guy" who is in camp with any team.
  • Inside LBs Davis and Jewell, are two average athletes with great instincts for the position.
  • The full starting five offensive linemen are healthy.
  • Fifth-round pick LB Justin Hollins is playing both edge and ILB.
  • The defense has once a week for boxing workouts tailored to their own game (Muay Thai/MMA instructor Marc Montoya).
  • The Broncos want to play with a lead, run the ball and play great defense in 2019. They want Flacco to manage the game, take what the defense gives him and run the offense as designed.
  • Defensive linemen Derek Wolfe, Adam Gotsis and Shelby Harris will be unrestricted free agents next year.
  • Offensive players Emmanuel Sanders, Andy Janovich, Devontae Booker and Connor McGovern will be unrestricted free agents next year.
  • C Connor McGovern, S Justin Simmons and S Will Parks are in the final year of their rookie contracts.
  • CB Chris Harris, Jr., S Justin Simmons and S Will Parks will be free agents in 2020.
  • CB Alijah Holder is one of the Broncos’ free agents to watch.
  • Bucky Brooks ranked Denver Broncos outside linebackers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb No. 1 on his list pass rush tandems.
  • OC Rich Scangarello says QB Brett Rypien has the same qualities as Lock: tough, competitive and started a lot of games in a very good program.
  • The Broncos desperately need a punt returner and WR Brendan Langley needs to be that man to make the Broncos roster.
  • Fangio knows football, how successful organizations work and how dysfunctional organizations run. He also knows how to get teams out of their dysfunction.

 

Training Camp

What to watch in training camp: how the offensive line gels/who emerges; QB Joe Flacco to TE Noah Fant; can the defense return to top form; can Flacco be the answer at quarterback; is their a running back number 4; will there be two full backs on the roster; which young wide receivers and tight ends emerge; who will the defensive front seven be; which defensive backs will make the cut; who will be the return men? The hot spots will be wide receivers, corner backs, and tight ends. The Broncos have some promising young talent on their roster who will be the team’s key building blocks going forward: Sutton, Fant, Lock, Lindsay, Freeman, Chubb, …..

Transactions

Signed third-year DL DeShawn Williams; signed three tryout players from rookie mini camp: TE Bug Howard; OL Nathan Jacobson; DL Deyon Sizer

Waived: TE Temarrick Hemingway; DL Jaylen Johnson; DL Cashaud Lyons; OT Brian Wallace.

 

Fantasy Outlook

The Broncos figure to be conservative, hurting the upside of all players. Lindsay is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. Freeman has upside as a sleeper pick. If your league has deep rosters, it’s worth it to try to draft them both. It’s difficult to see Lindsay as a long term workhorse. The defense could be a top 10 defense and a sneaky pick in 2019 as Fangio means improvement. Sutton has a lot of upside (WR2) and opportunity. Flacco and Sutton's strengths complement each other. The uncertainty of Sanders return sets Hamilton up for a breakout year and makes ER Tim Patrick a late round flier. Noah Fant could be an outlier for a quick development at tight end. K Brandon McManus is a backup kicker in fantasy, while Flacco should remain on the waiver wire.

R.I.P. PAT BOWLEN

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