5 Denver Broncos Players Poised for a Breakout Campaign in 2016
With Super Bowl 50 in the past,Alfred Morris Jersey the Broncos are solely focused on defending their Super Bowl title. Offseason workouts have begun at UCHealth Training Center, and the Broncos have a chip on their shoulder due to perceived disrespect from those in the national media.
These “hot takes” include such lazy analysis like “the defense won’t be better” and “this team will have a Super Bowl hangover.”
Looking at this team realistically,Janoris Jenkins Jersey there is a much different story being prepared to be written for the 2016 version of the Broncos. This team managed through free agency as best it could. Yes, the Broncos lost key starters on the defense in free agency, but they have the necessary depth to continue on with a high level of play on that side of the ball in 2016.Brett Hundley Jersey
Merriam-Webster defines a hangover as “a letdown following great excitement or excess.” There was certainly great excitement after the Broncos earned their third Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, but this team did not get drunk on elation. Instead, head coach Gary Kubiak has the team focused on defending its title to the best of its abilities.Vernon Butler Jersey
In order to do that, there must be players who improve their production this season. The roster is full of talent, but there are a few players who could do more than some think.
Here are five Broncos players poised for a breakout campaign in 2016.Malcolm Butler Jersey
The Broncos are going to have a couple of new starters this year on defense at certain positions. One of the key losses they had this year in free agency is Malik Jackson. Filling his spot on the defensive line is going to take more than one player.
Vance Walker may be the player who is most capable of playing like Jackson did for the Broncos.
Walker originally came into the league as a seventh-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2009 NFL draft.Brandon Browner Jersey He went to the Oakland Raiders in 2013 and then the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 before signing with the Broncos last year.
Last year, Walker appeared in 15 games for the Broncos as a part-time player. He was on the field for 336 snaps in 2015, compiling 33 tackles and two sacks.Ryan Shazier Jersey He showed a relentless motor in training camp, and he was able to carry that over to the regular season too. With a larger role, Walker should have better production.
This season we should see Walker in Jackson’s old spot at times.Giovani Bernard Jersey He’s going to compete with free-agent addition Jared Crick for the starting defensive end spot opposite Derek Wolfe. Crick knows the Wade Phillips defense after playing under him during their days together with the Houston Texans. The veteran is more of a run-stuffer, and that may limit his snaps to running downs only.
Phillips likes both players.Arizona Cardinals Jerseys
“Walker played really well for us last year. I think he’s a really good player. Of course, we brought Jared Crick in. [A guy] that we had in Houston.Denver Broncos Jersey He’s a very good player also.” Phillips smiled, “We have two veteran guys that can play. We feel good about that.”
At the very least, Walker should come onto the field on passing downs to provide more pressure from the edge. Replacing Jackson is likely to take more than one player, but it’s Walker who could be counted on to aid the pass rush.