Last week the new-look Denver Broncos defense was broken down by yours truly. It is a rebuilt unit that looks to be more physical and create more turnovers.
But the bread and butter of the Broncos is still the offense. A record-breaking offense that has made some changes but still looks like the best part of the team.
The likes of Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno have left but their spots have been filled. This year’s team may not score as many points but will still be high-powered and one of if not the best in the league.
Quarterback: Peyton Manning
The most important man on the team is of course Manning. Without him the Broncos would be lucky to go 8-8. In his two seasons with Denver, he has been unbelievable and last season he broke every quarterback record possible. Even with all the big stats, Manning has yet to add a Lombardi Trophy to the case at Dove Valley. He still has three years left on his contract in Denver but no one really knows how long he wants to play. A Super Bowl title is his only goal.
Running back: Montee Ball
The Broncos are putting their faith in last year’s second round pick. Ball showed flashes last season and will have to be the primary ball carrier now. There is not a lot of experience behind him on the depth chart. And the Broncos’ confidence in Ronnie Hillman is fading. The pressure is on Ball and he has to step up.
Wide receivers: Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders
They will be the top 3 to start the game but Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer will see the field plenty. Thomas is a stud and a top-5 receiver in the league. He is in a contract year and the Broncos hope to get him locked up long term soon. He has blossomed every year with Manning.
Welker is coming off a strong season but also year when he missed time with concussions. He is still motivated to win a title and is still one of the best in the league at the slot receiver spot.
Sanders comes to Denver as a free agent from Pittsburgh. He is a speedster and could become a big-play threat for the offense. Once him and Manning develop some timing, Sanders could be in for a big year.
Tight end: Julius Thomas
Thomas had a breakout season and earned himself a Pro Bowl nod. He is a pass catching threat and Manning looks for him on third down a lot. His blocking is still a work in progress but he is getting better. He is striving to become a complete tight end. The Broncos’ patience with him has paid off. He is also in the last year of his contract and is another player Denver wants to lock up.
Offensive tackles: Ryan Clady, Chris Clark
Clady played in only two games last season and is going to be like if the Broncos picked up another free agent. Clady is one of the best in business and has no problem with the task of protecting Manning’s blind side.
Clark played for Clady last season but will be moving to the other side in training camp. He played well last season but was beat pretty bad at times. He will have to get adjusted to a new position.
Offensive guards: Orlando Franklin, Louis Vasquez
Franklin is making the move to guard from tackle. He played a lot guard in college so the move should not be too tough. He is big and physical and should be a nice addition to the inside of the line.
Vasquez is one of the best at his position. Last season the Broncos signed him away from the division-rival Chargers. It has paid off big time for the Broncos. The line got a lot of criticism after the Super Bowl with good reason but most of the year they were dominant. Vasquez was one of the main reasons.
Center: Manny Ramirez
Ramirez was pushed for the starting spot all last training camp but held on and had a stellar year. Again, the Broncos have brought in Will Montgomery to compete with him. He had the bad snap in the Super Bowl which everyone will remember but like all the offensive line, they were pretty good all season.