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2014 DENVER BRONCOS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

July 15, 2014
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2014 DENVER BRONCOS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Denver Broncos (1997 - Pres)

COACH: JOHN FOX, 34-14 @ DENVER, 107-85 OVERALL

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: ADAM GASE

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: JACK DEL RIO

OFFENSE PPG: 37.9

RUSHING: 117.1

PASSING: 340.2

TOTAL OFFENSE: 457.3

DEFENSE PPG: 24.9

RUSHING: 101.6

PASSING: 254.4

TOTAL DEFENSE: 356.0

INTERCEPTIONS: 17

SACKS: 41

TO MARGIN: 0

Denver Broncos (1997 - Pres)

The Broncos were exposed by Seattle in the Super Bowl so GM John Elway decided changes needed to be made so they can win now, not next year. Elway added several new faces to the defense and made sure QB Peyton Manning will still have plenty of weapons.

In Denver, everything starts with Manning who set an NFL record with 55 TD passes and won his 5th MVP award. The Broncos also set an NFL record by scoring 600 points. Manning showed no signs of slowing down despite being on the backside of 30 years old. His numbers look like something from a video game, 450 of 658, 5,477 yards, 55 TD’s and 10 INT’s. Manning will have some new faces to work with in 2014 including receivers Emmanuel Sanders and second-round selection Cody Latimer. Sanders was signed as a free-agent from Pittsburgh and will replace free agent Eric Decker who left for the Jets. Latimer has great size (6-3 215) and is capable of stretching the field.

Manning will also have emerging superstar Demaryius Thomas returning after catching 92 balls for 1,038 yards and 14 TD’s. Slot receiver Wes Welker had another productive season despite suffering from concussion issues. Welker finished with 73 receptions for 778 yards and 10 scores. TE Julius Thomas adds yet another weapon in the arsenal after breaking out with 65 receptions and 12 TD’s. Denver’s running game loses Knowshon Moreno who left for Miami as a free agent. Monte Ball will be the feature back and gives the Broncos a running back that is more durable and can score near the goal line.

Denver’s offensive line will be better now that LT Ryan Clady is back from an injury. With Clady back, Chris Clark will move to RT, Orlando Franklin moves to LG in place of free agent Zane Beadles, Louis Vasquez returns at RG and Manny Ramirez is back at center. Denver will have better depth with Winston Justice, Ben Garland, Ryan Miller, Will Montgomery and rookie Michael Schofield (Michigan).

Denver’s defense got a shot in the arm with the signing of former Dallas DE DeMarcus Ware, New England CB Aqib Talib and Cleveland S TJ Ward. Ware is 32, but Denver is hoping he will have plenty of gas left in the tank, much like Peyton Manning had after being cut by Indianapolis. Ware could have an excellent season if LB Von Miller returns to form and can keep from being suspended again by the NFL. Miller is also coming back from knee reconstruction.

There are questions on the D-line after DE Derek Wolfe experienced health issues last season that threatened his career. If Wolfe is back, he will be joined by DT’s Terrance Knighton and Sylvester Williams and Ware. The Broncos will count on back-ups Malik Jackson, Kevin Vickerson and Mitch Unrein for depth up front.

If Miller returns and stays in the line-up, he will be joined by MLB Nate Irving, and OLB Danny Trevathan as the starters. Brandon Marshall, Steven Johnson and rookie Lamin Barrow (LSU) will be the back-ups. Denver was hoping to keep free agent Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie but the price tag was too high. The Broncos changed gears and acquired CB Aqib Talib and SS TJ Ward. Talib is a great bump and run cover man while Ward has a linebacker’s mentality.

Rookie Bradley Roby (Ohio State) is a big time play maker and will be given every chance to start.

 

Denver is going to score a lot of points again with Manning and all of his weapons returning. The running game should be better with Bell getting the majority of the carries and the O-line is already better with Clady back and healthy.  The key for Denver will be their defense and LB Von Miller. If Miller returns to his post off-field issues, it will greatly benefit Ware and the entire defense.  There are few teams in the NFL with the ability to score like Denver does but when all is said and done, it will be up to the defense to get the Broncos back to the Super Bowl and win it.

Denver Broncos (1997 - Pres)


2014 DRAFT:

 

Broncos 2014 Draft Picks
RdPkPlayerPosHtWtCollegeGrade
1 31 Bradley Roby CB 5'11" 194 Ohio State A-
2 24 (56) Cody Latimer WR 6'3" 215 Indiana A-
3 31 (95) Michael Schofield OT 6'6" 301 Michigan C+
5 16 (156) Lamin Barrow ILB 6'1" 237 LSU  
6 31 (207) Matt Paradis C 6'3" 306 Boise State  
7 27 (242) Corey Nelson LB 6'1" 226 Oklahoma  


 

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (denverbroncos.com)

 

Denver's 2014 schedule was released on Wednesday, and it is highlighted by five primetime games -- three on Sunday Night Football, one on Monday Night Football and one on Thursday Night Football.

 

The campaign features matchups with all five of the AFC's other 2013 playoff teams and two NFC playoff squads, including a rematch with the Super Bowl XLVIII-champion Seattle Seahawks.

 

Speaking of rematches, the 2014 slate features nine from the 2013 campaign -- two each against the club's three divisional rivals plus showdowns with Seattle, New England and Indianapolis. Denver was 7-4 against those clubs last season -- 6-1 against the Chargers, Raiders and Chiefs and 1-3 versus the Seahawks, Patriots and Colts.

 

For fans looking to travel to any of the road games, the Broncos have partnered with PrimeSport, the leader in providing direct access to the biggest sporting events on the planet, for all fan travel packages to Broncos games. For information on the Official Denver Broncos Fan Travel Packages, visit PrimeSport.com.

 

The Broncos' 2014 regular-season schedule is laid out below.

 

2014 SCHEDULE:

 

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Opponent • DATE: Sunday, September 7
• TIME: 6:30 p.m. MDT
• LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
• TELEVISION: NBC (NTL)
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 11-5 (won AFCS)
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 11-9
Week 2: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Opponent • DATE: Sunday, September 14
• TIME: 2:25 p.m. MDT
• LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 11-5 (made playoffs)
• ALL-TIME HOME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 34-20
Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks
• DATE: Sunday, September 21
• TIME: 2:25 p.m. MDT
• LOCATION: Qwest Field
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 13-3 (won Super Bowl XLVIII)
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 34-18
Opponent
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals
Opponent • DATE: Sunday, October 5
• TIME: 2:05 p.m. MDT*
• LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
• TELEVISION: FOX
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 10-6
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 7-1-1
Week 6: at New York Jets
• DATE: Sunday, October 12
• TIME: 11 a.m. MDT*
• LOCATION: MetLife Stadium
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 8-8
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 17-15-1
Opponent
Week 7: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Opponent • DATE: Sunday, October 19
• TIME: 6:30 p.m. MDT*
• LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
• TELEVISION: NBC (NTL)
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 12-4 (made playoffs)
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 6-6
Week 8: vs. San Diego Chargers
Opponent • DATE: Thursday, October 23
• TIME: 6:25 p.m. MDT
• LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
• TELEVISION: NFL Network/CBS (NTL)
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 9-7 (made playoffs)
• ALL-TIME HOME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 36-17-1
Week 9: at New England Patriots
• DATE: Sunday, November 2
• TIME: 2:25 p.m. MST*
• LOCATION: Gillette Stadium
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 12-4 (won AFCE)
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 25-19
Opponent
Week 10: at Oakland Raiders
• DATE: Sunday, November 9
• TIME: 2:05 p.m. MST*
• LOCATION: O.co Coliseum
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 4-12
• ALL-TIME AWAY VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 23-31
Opponent
Week 11: at St. Louis Rams
• DATE: Sunday, November 16
• TIME: 11 a.m. MST*
• LOCATION: Edward Jones Dome
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 7-9
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 5-7
Opponent
Week 12: vs. Miami Dolphins
Opponent • DATE: Sunday, November 23
• TIME: 2:25 p.m. MST*
• LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 8-8
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 4-11-1
Week 13: at Kansas City Chiefs
• DATE: Sunday, November 30
• TIME: 6:30 p.m. MST*
• LOCATION: Arrowhead Stadium
• TELEVISION: NBC (NTL)
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 11-5 (made playoffs)
• ALL-TIME AWAY VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 17-36
Opponent
Week 14: vs. Buffalo Bills
Opponent • DATE: Sunday, December 7
• TIME: 2:05 p.m. MST*
• LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 6-10
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 15-19-1
Week 15: at San Diego Chargers
• DATE: Sunday, December 14
• TIME: 2:05 p.m. MST*
• LOCATION: Qualcomm Stadium
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 9-7 (made playoffs)
• ALL-TIME AWAY VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 22-32
Opponent
Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals
• DATE: Monday, December 22
• TIME: 6:30 p.m. MST
• LOCATION: Paul Brown Stadium
• TELEVISION: ESPN (NTL)
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 11-5 (won AFCN)
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 19-8
Opponent
Week 17: vs. Oakland Raiders
Opponent • DATE: Sunday, December 28
• TIME: 2:25 p.m. MST*
• LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2013 RECORD: 4-12
• ALL-TIME HOME VS. OPP. (REG. SEASON): 23-28-2

 

*The times of all NFL games scheduled for Sundays from Weeks 5-17 are subject to change, including being moved to the Sunday night game, which is televised nationally by NBC. Between Weeks 5 and 10, however, only two total games can be flexed.

 

(NTL) denotes a nationally televised game.

Denver Broncos (1997 - Pres)


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22 Anderson, C.J. RB 5-8 224 23 2 California
68 Anunike, Kenny DE 6-4 260 24 R Duke
76 Austin, Marvin DT 6-2 312 25 4 North Carolina
28 Ball, Montee RB 5-10 215 23 2 Wisconsin
48 Barrett, Shaquil LB 6-1 260 21 R Colorado State
57 Barrow, Lamin LB 6-1 229 23 R LSU
35 Bibbs, Kapri RB 5-9 212 21 R Colorado State
31 Bolden, Omar S 5-10 195 25 3 Arizona State
20 Boyett, John S 5-10 203 24 1 Oregon
46 Brewer, Aaron LS 6-5 230 24 3 San Diego State
30 Bruton, David S 6-2 217 26 6 Notre Dame
19 Burse, Isaiah WR 5-10 188 22 R Fresno State
12 Caldwell, Andre WR 6-0 200 29 7 Florida
38 Carter, Quinton S 6-1 200 25 4 Oklahoma
32 Carter, Tony CB 5-9 175 28 5 Florida State
51 Chaney, Jamar LB 6-0 242 27 5 Mississippi State
78 Clady, Ryan T 6-6 315 27 6 Boise State
75 Clark, Chris T 6-5 305 28 6 Southern Mississippi
34 Clay, Brennan RB 5-11 202 22 R Oklahoma
4 Colquitt, Britton P 6-3 205 29 6 Tennessee
71 Cornick, Paul T 6-6 310 25 1 North Dakota State
72 Davis, Hall DE 6-4 270 27 3 Louisiana-Lafayette
81 Dreessen, Joel TE 6-4 245 31 9 Colorado State
2 Dysert, Zac QB 6-3 221 24 2 Miami (OH)
50 Fort, L.J. LB 6-0 230 24 1 Northern Iowa
16 Fowler, Bennie WR 6-1 217 23 R Michigan State
74 Franklin, Orlando T 6-7 320 26 4 Miami (Fla.)
91 Fua, Sione DT 6-1 310 26 4 Stanford
63 Garland, Ben G 6-5 308 26 1 Air Force
85 Green, Virgil TE 6-5 255 25 4 Nevada
37 Hagg, Eric DB 6-1 205 24 3 Nebraska
87 Hardin, Greg WR 5-10 171 23 R North Dakota
25 Harris Jr., Chris CB 5-10 199 25 4 Kansas
52 Harris, Jerrell LB 6-3 242 25 1 Alabama
23 Hillman, Ronnie RB 5-10 195 22 3 San Diego State
27 Ihenacho, Duke S 6-1 207 25 2 San Jose State
56 Irving, Nate LB 6-1 245 26 4 North Carolina State
97 Jackson, Malik DE 6-5 293 24 3 Tennessee
53 Johnson, Steven LB 6-1 237 26 3 Kansas
77 Justice, Winston OT 6-6 317 29 8 USC
98 Knighton, Terrance DT 6-3 335 28 6 Temple
82 Konz, Jameson TE 6-3 234 28 3 Kent State
14 Latimer, Cody WR 6-2 215 21 R Indiana
62 Latta, Greg DE 6-5 261 22 R Purdue
18 Manning, Peyton QB 6-5 230 38 17 Tennessee
54 Marshall, Brandon LB 6-1 238 24 2 Nevada
55 McCray, Lerentee LB 6-3 249 23 2 Florida
73 Miller, Ryan OL 6-7 320 25 2 Colorado
58 Miller, Von LB 6-3 250 25 4 Texas A&M
41 Mitchell, Charles DB 5-11 205 24 2 Mississippi State
64 Montgomery, Will C 6-3 304 31 9 Virginia Tech
26 Moore, Rahim S 6-1 195 24 4 UCLA
86 Morrah, Cameron TE 6-3 251 27 4 California
45 Murphy, Jerome DB 6-0 200 27 4 South Florida
47 Nelson, Corey OLB 6-0 231 22 R Oklahoma
11 Norwood, Jordan WR 5-11 180 27 5 Penn State
17 Osweiler, Brock QB 6-8 240 23 3 Arizona State
70 Painter, Vinston OT 6-6 309 24 1 Virginia Tech
13 Palmer, Nathan WR 5-11 198 25 2 Northern Illinois
61 Paradis, Matt C 6-3 300 24 R Boise State
5 Prater, Matt K 5-10 195 29 8 Central Florida
66 Ramirez, Manny C 6-3 320 31 8 Texas Tech
9 Renner, Bryn QB 6-3 228 24 R North Carolina
89 Robinson, Gerell TE 6-4 220 24 1 Arizona State
29 Roby, Bradley CB 5-11 192 22 R Ohio State
10 Sanders, Emmanuel WR 5-11 180 27 5 Southern Methodist
79 Schofield, Michael OT 6-4 303 23 R Michigan
93 Smith, Quanterus DE 6-5 255 24 2 Western Kentucky
67 Sterling, Aslam OL 6-4 332 21 R Kansas
42 Sullen, Jordan DB 6-0 200 24 R Tulane
21 Talib, Aqib CB 6-1 205 28 7 Kansas
84 Tamme, Jacob TE 6-3 230 29 7 Kentucky
88 Thomas, Demaryius WR 6-3 229 26 5 Georgia Tech
80 Thomas, Julius TE 6-5 250 26 4 Portland State
40 Thompson, Juwan RB 5-11 225 22 R Duke
59 Trevathan, Danny LB 6-1 240 24 3 Kentucky
96 Unrein, Mitch DT 6-4 306 27 3 Wyoming
65 Vasquez, Louis G 6-5 335 27 6 Texas Tech
49 Vaughn, Chase LB 6-1 242 25 R CSU-Pueblo
99 Vickerson, Kevin DT 6-5 328 31 9 Michigan State
43 Ward, T.J. SS 5-10 200 27 5 Oregon
94 Ware, DeMarcus DE 6-4 258 31 10 Troy
36 Webster, Kayvon CB 5-11 198 23 2 University of South Florida
83 Welker, Wes WR 5-9 185 33 11 Texas Tech
33 Williams, Jerodis RB 5-10 203 23 1 Furman
92 Williams, Sylvester DT 6-2 313 25 2 North Carolina
15 Wilson, Greg WR 6-0 185 23 1 Fordham
95 Wolfe, Derek DE 6-5 285 24 3 Cincinnati
39 Young, Louis CB 6-1 196 22 R Georgia Tech



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