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New coach Vance Joseph said the Broncos plan to use a running back committee this season.

"You need two or three guys that can carry the load. It is no longer a one-guy position," Joseph said. "I’m excited to have Jamaal (Charles), C.J. (Anderson), (Devontae Booker), even De’Angelo (Henderson) in the mix. It’s going to be competitive, and that’s the way it should be." Anderson is the favorite for touches, but his usage will depend on Charles' health and whether Booker shows any year-two progress. Anderson currently makes sense as a sixth- to seventh-round pick in re-draft leagues, while the rest of Denver's backs are late-round fliers.
Source: Denver Post
May 22 - 4:03 PM

Mike Klis of 9 News Denver would be "surprised" if Trevor Siemian doesn't beat out Paxton Lynch.

This is Klis' "gut feeling" on Denver's QB competition. Siemian was passable as the Broncos' starter last year, but Denver didn't draft Lynch to be a spectator. The 2016 first-rounder offers a higher ceiling than Siemian and should be given every opportunity to start Week 1. Even if Siemian holds off Lynch, we're guessing he'll be on a fairly short leash.
May 21 - 9:38 AM

Broncos DE Derek Wolfe believes second-round sophomore DE Adam Gotsis has gotten "stronger" this offseason.

"As time goes on, he's starting to get it more and more," Wolfe said, while newly-signed DT Domata Peko added Gotsis "seems like a whole different player." Normally compliments from teammates would not be notable, but DL coach Bill Kollar made it clear Gotsis needed to get "bigger and stronger" over the offseason, and it looks like he took the advice to heart. After struggling against the run last season, the defense could use a sophomore jump from Gotsis.
May 20 - 9:52 AM

Broncos.com's Andrew Mason said the organization is "very high on what (TE A.J) Derby can do."

The Broncos took a shot on Michigan's Jake Butt in the fifth-round of this year's draft, but the rookie will be out until at least August recovering from a torn ACL. Even when Butt returns, Mason notes he is a different tight end that Derby, who is more of a glorified slot receiver than an in-line option. Considering how much the Chargers utilized tight ends under new OC Mike McCoy, there should be room for both even when Butt is healthy and ready to contribute.
May 20 - 9:39 AM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said, "Decision-making is going to be a major factor in who wins the (quarterback) job."

"The guy who makes great decisions with the football, not turning the football over, and the guy who lets his teammates play for him, that’s the guy I want to lead our football team," Joseph added. Speaking about his two quarterbacks, Joseph praised Trevor Siemian for his "high football IQ" while he focused more on Paxton Lynch's "physical ability," which is not surprising considering the sophomore's struggles last year. The coach promised a clean slate, however, and Lynch has time to show his mechanics and decision-making have improved. Even so, Siemian looks like the favorite right now.
Source: MMQB
May 18 - 9:12 AM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis puts Jamaal Charles' chances of making the Broncos' 53-man roster at "50-50."

Charles signed a no-guarantee, one-year, incentive-laden deal with Denver, so this absolutely makes sense. Charles is coming off multiple knee surgeries and setbacks and turns 31 later this year. If he can prove he's healthy, which is a big "if," then Charles won't have a problem cracking the Week 1 roster, but Denver has plenty of backfield options with C.J. Anderson coming back to health, Devontae Booker entering Year 2, and the selection of rookie De'Angelo Henderson. Charles is a mere late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
May 17 - 2:57 PM

Fifth round TE Jake Butt (knee) is participating in individual work at rookie camp.

Butt is recovering from an ACL tear suffered at the Orange Bowl. He’ll continue to be moved slowly in spring workouts. Butt will be nine months removed from surgery for Week 1.
May 13 - 7:21 PM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said seventh-round QB Chad Kelly (wrist) "should be totally cleared by August."

Kelly underwent surgery for a ruptured ligament in his throwing wrist in April after being uninvited from the Combine because of an off-field incident. The Broncos still took a shot on him with the last pick in the draft, and they apparently expect him to participate at some point in training camp. With no chance to start this year, the Broncos might prefer Kelly sitting on the NFI list all season.
May 13 - 10:55 AM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team will have an open competition at running back this summer.

"Every spot on the football team is going to be up for competition," said Joseph. C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker and Jamaal Charles are all competing to be the Broncos' lead back, though it sounds like Joseph is open to using a committee. "You need two or three guys who can carry the load," he said. "It's no longer a one-guy position." Joseph has also promised that Denver will be more aggressive in the passing game this year, further clouding what was already one of the more difficult backfields to predict.
May 12 - 2:17 PM

Broncos signed second-round DL DeMarcus Walker to a four-year contract.

The deal includes a $1.8 million signing bonus. A co-ACC Defensive Player of the Year recipient at Florida State, Walker will try to carve out a role as a rotational edge rusher in year one.
May 12 - 1:38 PM

Broncos signed fifth-round TE Jake Butt to a four-year contract.

Recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in the Orange Bowl, Butt is arguably a Day 2 talent the Broncos were able to nab in the fifth round. While he will likely struggle to contribute as a rookie, Butt is a good long-term investment.
May 12 - 8:25 AM

Broncos signed third-round CB Brendan Langley to a four-year, $3.18 million contract.

More athlete than finished product at corner, Langley boasts NFL size and speed, and has top-notch return skills. The Broncos should hope he carves out an immediate role on special teams before gradually coming of age on defense.
May 11 - 5:11 PM

Broncos signed No. No. 20 overall pick OT Garett Bolles to a four-year contract.

The deal is fully guaranteed and includes a signing bonus that exceeds $6 million. Bolles is an older (25 later this month) risky prospect, but the Broncos went into the draft as the most tackle-needy team in the league. Coach Vance Joseph has already said he thinks Bolles is a "true left tackle."
May 11 - 12:45 PM

Broncos signed seventh-round QB Chad Kelly to a four-year contract.

This year's Mr. Irrelevant, Kelly was an early-round talent who slipped to the end of round seven due to off-field and medical concerns. After undergoing surgery on his right (throwing) wrist just before the draft, Kelly is likely to redshirt his rookie year. He could become interesting in 2018.
May 10 - 8:49 PM

Broncos signed sixth-round RB De'Angelo Henderson to a four-year contract.

Henderson had a fine career at small-school Coastal Carolina and followed with a strong Combine to help put himself on the map. As a rookie, he'll likely have to play special teams, be a game-day inactive, or go to the taxi squad behind C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles, and Devontae Booker.
May 10 - 2:00 PM


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