The Denver Broncos come in with two new quarterbacks and a new outlook for the future heading into the 2019 NFL season.
Denver Broncos Pick Up Joe Flacco
The Denver Broncos have upgraded at the quarterback position but not by much. While Joe Flacco is better than Case Keenum, it isn’t by much. Since winning the Super Bowl MVP back in 2013, he has never really looked anything like that version of himself. In fact, the very next season was probably his worst year as a pro. He threw more interceptions that touchdowns that year. Since winning the Super Bowl, he has only had two seasons with 20 or more touchdowns.
At one point Joe Flacco considered himself to be an elite quarterback. Whether that’s true or not isn’t the point. He certainly realizes at this point in his career he isn’t. With all of that being said, the Denver Broncos only slightly upgraded their quarterback situation by acquiring Flacco.
Drew Lock Will Hopefully Have Time to Grow
The best case scenario for the Denver Broncos is that Drew Lock is their starting quarterback next year. If he is, that means that they were able to get good production from Flacco while their future franchise guy gets a season to learn.
Nobody would be surprised however if Flacco found himself in the same situation as he did last year. If he is struggling and Lock looks ready, expect to see Flacco sulking on the sidelines much like he did last year. Only this time he has to see the writing on the wall. Play well and the job is yours for a year. Anything other than that on the team has to look to the future.
Broncos Will Have a Good Running Game
The production that the Denver Broncos got from Phillip Lindsay last year was a welcomed surprise. The rookie running back exceeded expectations and had a fantastic season. Lindsay along with Royce Freeman gave the Broncos a solid two headed running back threat. They will hope their offensive line plays better than last season in order for this duo to continue to grow.
The Broncos Have Some Weapons at the Skill Positions
We already mentioned the duo of Lindsay and Freeman but the Broncos have another solid combo at wide receiver. For years Emmanuel Sanders has been one of the most explosive wide receivers in the NFL. His ability to make tough catches in traffic is truly special.
He now has a legitimate sidekick in Courtland Sutton. He is a big body receiver with tremendous athleticism who will be the long terms replacement for Sanders who is getting up there in age. The Denver Broncos got a special talent in the draft in tight end Noah Fant. Now Fant is closer to being a tight end than a receiver in terms of style but much like Sutton he is physical freak with huge upside. He has the potential to make an immediate impact on this team.
The Denver Broncos are a Defensive Team
The Denver Broncos best player is still Von Miller. He is simply one of the best players in the league and a nightmare for offensive coordinators. He isn’t the only pass rusher the Broncos have that will have teams loosing sleep. Bradley Chubb was one of the best rookies in the league last year. More than that he showed that he has elite potential as a defensive player.
The Broncos managed to keep Chris Harris Jr on the team and that makes them a top 10 defense in this league. They also picked up Bryce Callahan and Kareem Jackson. With one of the best pass rushes in the league, these guys should be able to lock up receivers making this Broncos defense one of the toughest units in the league. The one weakness on this defense would be the lack of depth at linebacker.
Overall Outlook for the Broncos
This Broncos team has the pieces to make the playoffs. Most of their hopes depend on the stability at the quarterback position. If the offense can give this defense a lead, they will be at their best getting after the opposing QB. The problem here is that too much of what they hope to do depends on Joe Flacco and it’s been several years since he’s given anyone reason to think he can still get the job done. For that reason, the Denver Broncos come in at No.21 in our 2019 NFL Team Previews.