Denver Broncos 2019 Season Preview

Russell S. Baxter

Denver Broncos 2019 Season Preview

By Brad Barton

Special to Pro Football Guru

Under new head coach Vic Fangio, the Denver Broncos are attempting to cash in on the talents of potential future Hall of Fame defenders in linebacker Von Miller and cornerback Chris Harris Jr., via the acquisition of former Super Bowl winning-quarterback Joe Flacco this offseason. With a solid mixture of young rising stars in tailback Phillip Lindsay, outside linebacker Bradley Chubb and other established veterans, the Broncos are one of the more fascinating NFL teams coming into the 2019 season.

Offense: This is a fascinating unit and one that could be better once pass-catching running back Theo Reddick (obtained after being released by the Lions) is healthy. The Broncos need to find a way to have better luck with tight ends. In the preseason loss to Seattle, training camp star Austin Fort was lost for the season with a torn ACL. The club is also hoping tight end Jake Butt can stay healthy. Of course, general manager John Elway used a first-round pick on University of Iowa standout Noah Fant. At wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders is the leading veteran and second-year pros Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton must take the next step. Meanwhile, Flacco has a chance to resuscitate his career while Lindsay and fellow running back Royce Freeman have looked fairly strong this summer.

Defense: This group has been plagued by injuries this summer at inside linebacker as both Todd Davis and Joe Jones have been sidelined. On the other hand, it’s conceivable to believe that Von Miller and Bradley Chubb could combine for 35 sacks this season. The Broncos have also been blessed by the numerous talents of free safety Justin Simmons, who is also a kick-blocking specialist. In addition to Harris, the Broncos have a stud at the other cornerback spot as former Chicago Bears standout Bryce Callahan signed with Denver to play under Fangio – as was the case Chicago. Their respective backups, Isaac Yiadom and De’Vante Bausby, are improving.

Special Teams: The Broncos’ special teams are currently in solid hands, or feet, as it were, as kicker Brandon McManus (entering his sixth season) has made 80.6 percent of his field goal attempts for the franchise. Punter Coby Wadman is coming off an impressive rookie campaign which saw him net 44.7 yards per kick.

Prediction: This club could finish anywhere from 4-12 to 10-6 or perhaps even 11-5. With Flacco’s stellar leadership skills and the aforementioned mixture of veterans and youth, the Broncos are capable of surprising some people. Fangio has brought a no-nonsense mentality to the squad, something that seemed to a question mark under Joseph. The past couple of seasons, Elway has drafted better and many of the young players seem poised to take the next step in their progression. This looks like a wild card team and their ceiling this season is likely the AFC Championship Game.

Win-Loss Record: 10-6 (2nd Place, AFC West, reach playoffs)

Brad Barton (@BradfatherSpeak) has been writing sports and hard news stories for midutahradio.com. He’s done the same for hebervalleyradio.com since its inception in April 2018.

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