It’s John Elway time in Denver, otherwise known as the offseason. In 2015 The Bronco’s GM masterfully built the Super Bowl Championship club through a combination of bold staff moves, savvy drafting and (against conventional NFL wisdom) aggressive free agency signings.
That was then, this is now. The primary similarities between the 2015 and 2016 offseason efforts are the adjectives. Bold non-moves in free agency, savvy cap management and aggressive drafting end up being this seasons hallmarks.
The end result is what matters and the honing of the teams 2016 campaign begins with the first rookie mini-camp and ends with the cut to the final 53. It’s all about the competition. Below are some of the early Broncos camp storylines shaping up for 2016.
RG Connor McGovern – An absolute steal in the fifth round McGovern was coveted by many teams. A workout warrior who already has NFL ready strength he should start for Denver in 2016. Like almost every rookie NFL lineman he will have to improve his pass blocking. McGovern has the all-important “mean streak” offensive line coaches covet. Did I mention he was picked up in the fifth round? Great pick. Great storyline.
FB Andy Janovich – The running game needs attention. Being 6’1″, weighing 238 lbs and banging out 30 reps on the bench press signals you have the tools to dig a player out of the box. Throw in excellent short yardage running skills and mad Special Teams production and you have another steal for Denver, this time in the sixth round. Janovich will be an instant standout on Special Teams but has the tools to work his way into a regular set of plays for the offense.
RB Devontae Booker – If you want to take a home run swing on an injured or brittle player the fourth round is where you do it. IF (if) Booker can stay available he could very well get the majority of touches at RB. How does the old saying go? “Availability is a players best ability.” No doubting the talent. Reminiscent of the 2011 NFL Draft where DeMarco Murray was picked by the Cowboys in the third round.
QB Paxton Lynch – No way you leave this guy off the list. Great trade. John Elway outfoxed Dallas Jerry Jones after letting his best QB walk in free agency and nabbed his man. Make no mistake, Mark Sanchez is the starter. For now. Sage minds predict Lynch sitting on the bench for the entire 2016 season. He is a “raw” talent. Sanchez can be effective if not electric. HOWEVER … if Sanchez hits one of his “inept periods” the move to Lynch could be made IF he has a solid camp. The preseason games will be critical in gauging Lynch’s progress. Third on the depth chart he needs to exit camp firmly in possession of the number two spot.
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