Player News - Broncos

Date: Team: Pos:

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak acknowledged first-round pick Paxton Lynch struggled with "verbiage, huddle, those types of things" at spring practices.

Kubiak did say he's been "pleased" with Lynch early in camp, insisting he's shown "improvement." Kubiak later stated Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian would share first-team reps, with Lynch mainly quarterbacking the third team. Barring a big step forward in preseason games, Lynch appears likely to open the season as a healthy game-day scratch a la Carson Wentz in Philadelphia.
Jul 27 - 7:49 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Mark Sanchez will handle the first quarterback reps at Broncos camp.

Kubiak did call the quarterback battle a "tricky situation," and said Trevor Siemian will share first-team reps with Sanchez. Paxton Lynch fell behind in the spring and no longer appears to be a serious candidate to start in Week 1. The fact that Sanchez could not separate himself from Siemian is a bad sign for the player once nicknamed "Sanchize." Siemian posted a 27:24 TD-to-INT ratio in his Northwestern career, completing under 60 percent of his throws.
Jul 27 - 7:46 PM

Broncos GM John Elway reiterated that the team's quarterback position is "going to be wide open."

Elway agreed with coach Gary Kubiak that none of the Broncos' quarterbacks did enough in the spring to separate from the pack. Kubiak later said he is "interested" to see how Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian "look" in team drills, and revealed that they will "split" first-team reps at the beginning of camp. Kubiak conceded rookie Paxton Lynch struggled with "verbiage, huddle, those types of things" at OTAs and minicamp. It's looking more and more likely that the Broncos' quarterback battle will come down to Sanchez and Siemian.
Jul 27 - 7:44 PM

Broncos placed OLB DeMarcus Ware (back) on the active/NFI list.

Ware's back has been acting up for a while, and he didn't practice at all during the spring. The soon-to-be 34-year-old is considered day-to-day. The Broncos are going to manage his snaps this season, giving more to sophomore Shane Ray.
Jul 27 - 3:15 PM

Broncos placed CB Aqib Talib (leg) on the active/NFI list.

Talib opens camp on the non-football injury list after he was shot in the leg last month in Dallas. Talib claims he was shot by an unknown assailant -- one he can't identify because he was so drunk -- but there are reports Talib is believed to have accidentally shot himself. Consider him day-to-day.
Jul 27 - 3:04 PM

Broncos signed WR Marlon Brown.

Brown, 25, spent the previous three seasons in Baltimore, playing for now-Broncos coach Gary Kubiak when he was the Ravens' OC in 2014. After posting a 49-524-7 line as a rookie, Brown has just 38 catches for 367 scoreless yards in two seasons since. The Broncos' receiver depth chart is wide open behind starters Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Jul 27 - 2:55 PM

According to the Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe, C.J. Anderson "has the potential" to be a "1,500-yard back."

The Gary Kubiak Effect. Kubiak has long championed featuring his running backs and making them the focal point of his offenses. With Peyton Manning now out of the picture, Kubiak is expected to revert to that style of play in 2016. Totaling 1,500 yards should be within reach for Anderson as long as he can stay healthy and get off to a fast start. Arian Foster rushed for 1,200-plus yards and tallied 1,500-plus three times under Kubiak in Houston, and Justin Forsett totaled 1,529 in 2014 in Kubiak's lone season with Baltimore. Anderson remains one of the better picks at his current fourth-round ADP.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 25 - 9:13 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL has determined Peyton Manning did not use HGH or any other performance-enhancing drugs.

Manning was implicated along with several other players in an Al Jazeera America report from December. The NFL determined there was "no credible evidence" the allegations were true after seven months of investigation. This development should be great news for James Harrison, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, and the other players implicated in the report, who have all submitted written statements declaring their innocence to the league office. The NFL still wants to interview each player.
Source: ESPN
Jul 25 - 11:10 AM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold says fourth-round rookie Devontae Booker shined as a receiver out of the backfield this spring.

Legwold suggests Booker could receive "third-down consideration quickly" if his passing-game chops translate to live practices. RBs coach Eric Studesville already talked up Booker's pass-protection skills. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has used running back rotations in the past, but not backfields involving specialty roles, and C.J. Anderson is Denver's best pass-blocking back. Anderson's every-down job isn't in danger, but Booker could knock Ronnie Hillman off the roster if Hillman doesn't show an ability to play special teams.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 3:36 PM

Broncos rookie Justin Simmons is competing for the No. 3 safety job.

Bradley Roby is expected to see time at safety, but Simmons is the top backup. Shiloh Keo and sixth-rounder William Parks are competing behind Simmons.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 24 - 11:11 AM

Broncos ILB Todd Davis is still the favorite for the starting job opposite Brandon Marshall.

Despite the departure of Danny Trevathan in free agency, the Broncos did not add anyone of note at inside linebacker. That opened up a starting role for Davis, a former undrafted free agent out of Sacramento State. Davis has earned nothing but praise so far this offseason, but he will still have to prove himself in camp to hold the job.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 23 - 9:29 AM

According to 9 News Denver's Mike Klis, "it appears" the Broncos want first-rounder Paxton Lynch to "play at some point this season."

The coaches realize Lynch isn't close to being ready after he finished spring as the distant No. 3 behind Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian. But Lynch's immense talent and athletic upside should help him close the gap quickly with training camp and preseason reps. Sanchez is the heavy favorite to start the opener, but it wouldn't be a shock to see Lynch the second half of the year.
Jul 22 - 10:18 AM

9 News Denver reports Aqib Talib could still face league discipline for a shooting incident in early June.

Talib claims he was shot in the leg by an unknown assailant, but there has been speculation he accidentally shot himself. Dallas police are still investigating the case, and the NFL is conducting an investigation of its own. Talib should be ready physically for training camp, but he is not out of the woods yet.
Source: 9 News
Jul 21 - 10:14 AM

Broncos NT Sylvester Williams said coach Gary Kubiak told the team Mark Sanchez is the starter heading into camp.

"Going into the camp, I think Coach Kub kind of let us know he’s going to go with Mark," Williams said, "and give Mark the opportunity to see what he can do and then go on from there." Sanchez has always been the favorite for the starting job, but the Broncos have gone out of their way to suggest Trevor Siemian has a real shot to start. Unless Sanchez is dreadful during the preseason, that is not going to happen. First-rounder Paxton Lynch appears to be well behind in the competition.
Jul 21 - 8:31 AM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold believes Ronnie Hillman will have to play a much larger role on special teams to make the 53-man roster.

Hillman has made most 53-man roster projections this offseason, but he's super one-dimensional. He only plays offense. Hillman has never really contributed on special teams, and he may need the Broncos to keep four or five running backs to secure a spot. C.J. Anderson is the starter, Devontae Booker a fourth-round rookie, and Juwan Thompson has fullback versatility and is a key gunner in kick coverage. Kapri Bibbs is also in the mix.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 11:52 AM


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