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Julius Thomas caught three passes for 17 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Seattle.

Oddly, Thomas was not a part of the gameplan even though Antonio Gates put three touchdowns on this Seattle defense last week. Luckily for owners, he got the nod on a shovel pass from Peyton Manning in the fourth quarter and scored from three yards out -- his fifth touchdown in the first three weeks. The best news for owners is that after the Week 4 bye, Thomas gets to face a Cardinals defense that is inept at covering the tight end.
Sep 21 - 9:10 PM

Jacob Tamme caught two passes for 22 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Seattle.

Tamme came on in "12" sets after Virgil Green left with a concussion. He scored a 26-yard touchdown to bring the Broncos within two points with 18 seconds left in regulation, which will likely be his biggest play of the season. Tamme had one catch in the first two games even though Wes Welker was suspended.
Sep 21 - 9:06 PM

Demaryius Thomas caught four passes for 31 yards in Sunday's Week 3 overtime loss at Seattle.

Thomas did salvage his day slightly with a tough, game-tying two-point conversion near the end of regulation. But he was off his game again, dropping a couple bubble screens and luckily avoiding a fumble on replay. He did see a lot of Richard Sherman, but was not shadowed by any stretch and struggled to get open against Byron Maxwell as well. The good news is that Thomas has the bye to get right and then gets plus matchups against the Cardinals, Jets and 49ers. He's a nice buy-low.
Sep 21 - 8:59 PM

Making his 2014 debut, Wes Welker caught six passes for 60 yards in Sunday's Week 3 overtime loss at Seattle.

The Broncos went into this game wanting Welker to be a role player on passing downs only. But that plan went out the window when they fell behind 17-3 late in the third quarter, and Welker became a favorite target of Peyton Manning. He's still plenty capable of getting open in the slot, meaning he'll be good for 5-7 catches per game going forward. But with his snaps in doubt and Emmanuel Sanders shining, Welker won't get near 2013 levels. He's also a concussion away from an extended absence.
Sep 21 - 8:54 PM

Ronnie Hillman rushed two times for two yards and caught one pass for seven yards in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Seattle.

Montee Ball lost a fumble on his first carry of the game, but was not benched. Hillman did appear to play ahead of C.J. Anderson as this backup position remains fluid heading into the Week 3 bye. It's a competition.
Sep 21 - 8:51 PM

Montee Ball rushed 14 times for 38 yards and caught two passes for six yards in Sunday's Week 3 overtime loss at Seattle.

Ball lost a fumble on his first carry of the game, but encouragingly was not benched. He just had no shot against a Seattle defense that was able to crowd the line of scrimmage most of the game before Peyton Manning finally abandoned the run. Things won't get much easier for Ball after the Week 4 bye, as he'll have to face the Cardinals, Jets and 49ers in Weeks 5-7. We still think his touchdown potential gives him borderline RB1 status the rest of the way. Don't sell low.
Sep 21 - 8:46 PM

Peyton Manning completed 31-of-49 passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 3 overtime loss at Seattle.

Manning and the Broncos played scared for most of this Super Bowl rematch, declining to test the Legion of Boom deep at all. But after falling behind 17-3 early in the fourth quarter, Manning finally got it going. The highlight was a masterful game-tying, 80-yard touchdown drive that was executed with no timeouts and 59 seconds on the clock. Manning will take eight touchdowns and one interception into the Week 4 bye, and then hosts the Cardinals in Week 5. He's well off last year's historic pace, but remains fantasy's No. 1 quarterback.
Sep 21 - 8:39 PM

Emmanuel Sanders caught 11 passes for 149 yards in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Seattle.

Wes Welker returned from suspension, but Sanders still racked up 15 targets as the featured player in this offense. He repeatedly got open against the vaunted Legion of Boom, separating in man coverage and finding holes in zones. Sanders' target count is bound to take a hit as Demaryius Thomas picks it up and Welker gets more involved, but the ex-Steeler is here to stay as a WR2. He's earned the trust of Peyton Manning.
Sep 21 - 8:10 PM

Virgil Green left Sunday's Week 3 game against the Seahawks with a concussion.

Green's absence means more 3-wide snaps than the Broncos wanted to run. It's good news for owners that gambled on Wes Welker.
Sep 21 - 5:35 PM

Cody Latimer is a healthy scratch for Sunday's Week 3 game at Seattle.

Latimer played zero snaps in Week 1 and was a healthy scratch in Week 2. Now that Wes Welker is off suspension, he's even further off the radar and can be dropped in all re-draft formats. The rest of the Broncos inactives: Tony Carter, Lerentee McCray, Danny Trevathan, Michael Schofield and Mitch Unrein.
Sep 21 - 3:21 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen said he expects Wes Welker to be a third-down or role player in Sunday's Week 3 game at Seattle.

It's Welker's first game off suspension and first game since suffering his latest concussion. The Broncos project to stick with the two-tight end sets they've been featuring a lot of so far, only bringing Welker in on pass downs for now. He'll eventually get on the WR2/3 map, but this is not the week to use the slot machine. He already had a terrible matchup playing at CenturyLink Field.
Sep 21 - 10:10 AM

Broncos WLB Danny Trevathan practiced on Friday for the first time since fracturing his left leg on August 12.

Trevathan is unlikely to play against the Seahawks despite a questionable tag, but looks on pace to return after the Broncos' Week 4 bye. The leading tackler for the Broncos in 2013, Trevathan's return will be a boost to an already stacked defense.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 20 - 10:08 AM

Wes Welker, Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick, and Rams WR Stedman Bailey are all allowed to return to their teams immediately and play Week 3 after the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a new drug policy Wednesday.

All three players can return to their respective teams' facilities Wednesday morning and begin practicing with their clubs. Welker has already been cleared of his preseason concussion and should be back in the lineup Sunday against the Seahawks. The Broncos will have to see where Welker is at physically after he hasn't practiced with the teams for a few weeks, but we'd expect him to be out there at least in a limited role. He'll eventually be on the WR2/3 map.
Sep 17 - 10:53 AM

Ronnie Hillman was active for Sunday's Week 2 win over the Chiefs, but got zero touches.

C.J. Anderson was Montee Ball's backup for the second straight week, rushing five times for 31 yards. There will continue to be week-to-week competition here to see who will be the No. 2 back. Hillman held the job through training camp.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 15 - 11:05 AM

Julius Thomas caught four passes for 39 yards and one touchdown in Denver's Week 2 win over Kansas City.

Thomas looked to be well on his way to another monster day after he reeled in a four-yard touchdown on a perfect throw from Peyton Manning to end the Broncos' first possession. But Julius was targeted just five times and lost a red-zone look to Jacob Tamme for a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Thomas now has four scores through two games and remains a locked-in top three tight end. The Broncos go to Seattle in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 9:07 PM


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