Player News - Broncos

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Demaryius Thomas says he feels the best he's felt since coming into the NFL.

"This is the best I've felt in my whole career," was Thomas' exact quote. Thomas dealt with a hip issue for all of 2016, getting hurt on literally the first play of the year. Headed into his age-30 season, Thomas is gunning for his sixth-straight 1,000-yard campaign.
May 25 - 3:26 PM

Paxton Lynch worked with the first-team during Wednesday's practice.

Trevor Siemian opened OTAs with the first-team, but the pair were always expected to alternate days. Denver7's Troy Renck added the Broncos "could not be happier" with Lynch's "work ethic, attitude and play," echoing 9 News Denver's Mike Klis rebuttal of a critical report earlier this offseason. Siemian is the slight favorite, but Lynch will get every opportunity to unseat him.
May 25 - 10:28 AM

Broncos GM John Elway expects to sign a new contract before the start of the season.

"We're continuing to work at it," Elway said. "I don't see any problems with that. I look forward to being here with the Broncos for a long time." Elway added there is not "any doubt" the new deal will get done before the season. The Broncos are 67-29 since Elway joined the organization in 2011.
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 9:56 AM

New Broncos DC Joe Woods said the "foundation" of the defense will remain the same.

"I don’t want to come in and change the fingerprints or the foundation of our defense," said Woods, who is replacing Wade Phillips. "I want to sprinkle a little sugar on it. It’s something that will give us a little change up, make offenses work at the line of scrimmage. That’s all we’re doing." It is a prudent approach considering the Broncos have fielded the best defense in the league the last two seasons, although they did take a step back against the run last year.
May 25 - 8:18 AM

Restricted free agent K Brandon McManus hopes to land a long-term contract from the Broncos.

Tendered at the second-round level for $2.746 million, McManus has yet to sign his offer and will likely not do so until the June 15 deadline in hopes something long-term works out. The 26-year-old (in July) made 85.3 percent of his field goals last season and is one of the better kickoff men in the league.
Source: Denver Post
May 24 - 3:19 PM

The Broncos are targeting training camp for Jamaal Charles’ (knee) return.

Speaking Tuesday, Vance Joseph said that Charles will solely rehab and get healthy during OTAs. He'll have to prove his health and explosion in camp to guarantee his spot on the 53-man roster. With zero guaranteed money on his one-year contract, the Broncos can walk away if Charles doesn't show enough.
May 23 - 2:42 PM

Trevor Siemian received the first snaps with the first-team Broncos offense at OTAs.

Siemian is competing with Paxton Lynch for the starting job, but is shaping up as the favorite. The duo will apparently alternate days, but it's telling that Siemian got the first crack. 2016 first-rounder Lynch offers a theoretically higher ceiling, but looked nowhere close to being ready as a rookie. Lynch will probably end up making 2017 starts, but Siemian will begin the season managing games.
May 23 - 1:45 PM

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.

Gotsis has reportedly added 20 pounds. "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


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