Player News - Broncos

Date: Team: Pos:

Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is expected to play Week 1.

Sanders ran routes at full speed in 7-on-7 drills in his return to practice Monday. He is not expected to play in the fourth preseason game, but he will be good to go for the regular season opener. Sanders will not be targeted as heavily in Gary Kubiak's offense, but he is still a solid WR2.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 1 - 11:24 AM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis does not believe Broncos RB Montee Ball will make the final roster.

Ball has been steadily falling down the depth chart all offseason and played behind Juwan Thompson in the third preseason game. Ball should get one more shot in the fourth preseason game to show his worth, but right now his job is anything but secure.
Sep 1 - 9:36 AM

Montee Ball appears to be in danger of losing his roster spot in Denver.

He won't be a part of Denver's first cuts, but he might not make it when the Broncos trim to 53 this upcoming weekend. Ball is squarely behind C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, while Juwan Thompson is making a run to be Denver's No. 3 back. "Special teams is a big factor with him and Juwan," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We'll see. I'm fine with Montee." If Ball were cut on Saturday, he would go through the NFL's waivers process. "Right now it's C.J., Ronnie, then Juwan, then me," Ball acknowledged. "So I guess just what it is."
Source: Denver Post
Aug 31 - 4:33 PM

Broncos WR Jordan Norwood has seven catches for 67 yards this preseason.

Norwood played extensively with the Peyton Manning group in Denver's third preseason game, replacing Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) at slot receiver. When the Broncos' receiver crew is fully healthy, Sanders will man the inside in three-wide sets, with Demaryius Thomas and Cody Latimer aligning on the perimeter. Norwood is a crafty slot man, but he's low on talent as a 29-year-old former UDFA out of Penn State. He's just completing for a roster spot in Denver. Norwood missed all of 2014 with a torn ACL.
Aug 31 - 3:45 PM

Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) has resumed practicing.

Sanders didn't appear to be full go on Monday, but he's fully on track for the opener. Last year's WR7 will begin the year as a mid-range WR2 as the Broncos feel out new coach Gary Kubiak's system.
Aug 31 - 2:54 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak suggested the Broncos were expecting more year-two development from WR Cody Latimer.

Keep in mind these comments were made before Latimer's rough third preseason game where he dropped an easy TD and frustrated Peyton Manning by running the wrong route. Teammate Demaryius Thomas hinted Latimer is showing up in practice, but it's not translating to games. "You just want to see him making plays," said Kubiak. "He's a hard worker. He does the right thing. He's in the right place, but it's time for him to start making plays on the ball, coming up with big plays."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 30 - 2:49 PM

Montee Ball rushed four times for 11 yards and caught one pass for 20 yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.

Ball played behind Juwan Thompson, who appears to have jumped him for the third spot on the depth chart. Already well behind Ronnie Hillman for the backup job, Ball has zero fantasy value heading into the season. He is not guaranteed to make the final roster.
Aug 30 - 12:15 AM

Owen Daniels caught one pass for three yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.

Daniels started and played ahead of Virgil Green, but he did not make an offensive impact. He now has five receptions for 28 yards this preseason. Daniels struggled to find weekly relevance with 78 targets last year, and it is not a given he gets that many opportunities this season. He is a TE2 at best.
Aug 30 - 12:13 AM

Ronnie Hillman gained 35 yards on five carries in the Broncos' third preseason game.

He added two catches for three yards. Hillman has established himself as the clear No. 2 in Denver, though he served in just a change-of-pace role with the first-team offense. Hillman will not steal enough carries from C.J. Anderson to have standalone value, but he will be a hot commodity if Anderson goes down. Hillman now has 155 yards on 21 carries (7.38 YPC) this preseason.
Aug 30 - 12:10 AM

Cody Latimer caught one pass for four yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.

Latimer should have had a touchdown on a slant in the second quarter, but the pass bounced off his hands. He also noticeably frustrated Peyton Manning after running a bad route deep in the red zone. Latimer has reportedly shown well in practice, but he once again struggled to show up in a game. With Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas ahead of him on the depth chart, Latimer will need an injury to become a consistent fantasy option. He has six receptions for 61 yards this preseason.
Aug 29 - 11:22 PM

Demaryius Thomas caught three passes for 30 yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.

Thomas could have had a bigger game, but Peyton Manning underthrew him twice on sideline throws near the end zone. Thomas now has six receptions for 54 yards this preseason. He is one of the top fantasy wide receivers available.
Aug 29 - 11:18 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 13 times for 49 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.

Anderson was the clear lead back, dominating the first-team work with Ronnie Hillman seeing carries in a change-of-pace role. Anderson struggled to find consistent running room, but he ripped off a few long gains and broke several tackles. Anderson now has 20 carries for 81 yards (4.05 YPC) this preseason. He is a solid RB1.
Aug 29 - 11:14 PM

Peyton Manning completed 14-of-21 passes for 124 yards and an interception in the Broncos' third preseason game.

Manning was efficient, but he fluttered a few passes across the middle and underthrew Demaryius Thomas on two sideline passes near the end zone. The second of those underthrows was intercepted. Manning has completed 22-of-35 passes for 176 yards (5.02 YPA) this preseason. He is a high-end QB1.
Aug 29 - 11:02 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said "everything's in place" for WR Cody Latimer to "have a big year."

With Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders missing time during OTAs and training camp, Latimer has run with the starters for most of the offseason. He has reportedly made several big plays in practice, but he has yet to show that playmaking ability in the preseason. Latimer will struggle to make a consistent fantasy impact behind Sanders and Thomas, but he will be a hot commodity if either goes down.
Source: ESPN
Aug 29 - 11:34 AM

The Denver Post tabbed new safety Darian Stewart as a "great fit for Wade Phillips’ defense."

The Post also noted that Stewart is the only prominent "new" starter on the Denver defense. Stewart is a new arrival from Baltimore and will attempt to fortify the Denver defense that is being selected 11th among fantasy D/ST units in fantasy drafts. The Broncos defense will be a middling option in Week 1 for fantasy owners as they host Joe Flacco and the Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 29 - 10:51 AM


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