With the Denver Broncos summer training camps coming up on July 24th, there’s a number of questions that are looming over the team before preseason starts. With questions on both sides of the ball, it’s important to take a look at them and see what the future of the team could look like.
Who’s the backup quarterback?
With the addition of Case Keenum, he’s a lock for starting role on offense. The question is will the Broncos use Paxton Lynch or Chad Kelly for the backup role. It’s hard to know what to expect considering both players have entered the league from opposite ends of the spectrum. Lynch was a 1st round pick while Kelly was “Mr. Irrelevant” with the very last pick. It will be interesting to see what happens with the quarterbacks. If Kelly steps up it wouldn’t be out of the question to see him in the backup role. Lynch has had so many chances and has always seemed to take one step forward and two steps back.
Will the Secondary be the same without Aquib Talib?
In the off-season, the Broncos traded away one of their star cornerbacks in Aquib Talib. With Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Roby starting and Tramaine Brock added; will the cornerback position remain strong and solidified without the other founding member of the “No-Fly-Zone”? The safeties are set with Darian Stewart, Justin Simmons, and Su’a Cravens who was brought in via trade with the Redskins. With the new additions will the secondary be as dominant as they have been in the past? From the look of things, the secondary will be fine. With the starters lined out and a decent depth chart at the positions, the secondary can build upon its reputation of shutting down opposing receivers.
How will Special Teams fare this season?
It’s no secret that Denver’s special teams have been a joke for years. In the off-season, Marquette King was added and Riley Dixon was let go. This is an immediate upgrade at punter. King, who’s one of the best punters in the league brings a certain swagger to the team that the Broncos have lacked. The other question is will Brandon McManus regain his composure and improve his kicking. Since getting a major payday, he hasn’t been up to snuff. He will look to improve and help this team become the playoff contender they were just a few years ago.
Coming off such a disappointing season in 2017, the Broncos have greatly improved the team through free agency and the draft. Despite making such vast improvements, there are a number of glaring questions facing the team entering the summer training sessions. Will the Broncos make a comeback and take the throne atop the AFC West? Only time will tell for sure though.
Until next time, keep calm and Bronco On!