The Denver Broncos knew they needed to improve the offensive line following a disastrous 2018 campaign and the team shelled out the cash in order to do so. Ja'Wuan James became the team's new right tackle, signing a four-year, $51 million deal with the team as a free agent. Of that, $32 million is guaranteed. That's a hefty sum for a player that has missed 18 games in his career due to injury since being a first-round pick in 2014 for the Miami Dolphins. Though he's made 62 career starts, he hasn't ever performed like a first-round pick. Will the Broncos regret giving the money to James? Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report sure seems to think so. Though Knox makes some valid points, you still
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Jake Butt has suffered ACL tears three times during his football career — once in high school, once in college and once in the NFL. The latest tear happened last September when the Broncos' tight end went down during practice leading up to the fourth game of the season. He's been making progress in his recovery and plans to be ready when the team begins training camp on July 18. “I haven't had any setbacks, so that's been great — it's been a steady climb,” Butt told The Denver Post's Ryan O'Halloran last week. “It's obviously a long process, but I feel really close. At this point, it's getting back into football shape and to where I feel good every day.” Because the tight end missed his entire
For SBNation's week of “What ifs” Ian St. Clair and I ran over some interesting scenarios for the Denver Broncos on the MHR Radio Podcast (ApplePodcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher). What if John Elway plays in Baltimore for the Colts? What if Jay Cutler isn't traded by Josh McDaniels? The possibilities seem endless. But ... What if Peyton Manning never chose to play for the Broncos? John Elway was hired in 2011, brought in John Fox to stabilize the franchise, and after a dismal 2010 season that saw Josh McDaniels fired, they were able to turn the team around and go 8-8, winning the AFC West, and giving Broncos Country one of the best moments in team history when Tim Tebow connected with Demaryius
The NFL offseason — it's when fans of every team are filled with optimism. Well, unless you're a Broncos fan and you believe what NFL Network's Adam Rank has to say. Rank predicted the Broncos will finish with an abysmal 2-14 record in the 2019 season. He credits Denver bucking the league's trend of hiring a younger head coach and a more mobile quarterback as part of the reason. “They brought in a guy who makes Drew Bledsoe look like Randall Cunningham,” Rank says of Joe Flacco. Rank gave the Broncos just two wins in the schedule: Against the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions. “Congratulations. You're 2-14, you get the first pick in the draft. At some point Drew Lock is going to play. You're
Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O'Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season. You can pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag here. Follow Ryan for more daily updates on Twitter. Ryan, what can we expect from Courtland Sutton this year? We saw glimpses of greatness from him last year. Do you think he has the skill set to become a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver? — Collin B., Denver Sutton enters his second year with high expectations, understandable because of some of the flashes he showed last year. He caught 42 passes for 704 yards and four touchdowns. Doubling those totals would be a stretch, but the Broncos should prioritize increasing his touchdown total
I don't know about you, but I'm an avid Madden player. One of my favorite parts about the franchise is building a team the way I want to, so of course you have to start with a Fantasy Draft. One thing this and consistently following the draft as I do has led to is a rooting interest in a lot of players spread out across the entire league. So what follows is a team of some of my favorite NFL players who would look so dang good with a horse head on their helmet. If only. I'd be lying if I told you I saw greatness in Patrick Mahomes back when he came out of Texas Tech since I barely studied the 2017 class after Elway drafted Paxton Lynch in 2016. It's that same reason Deshaun Watson is number 2
Full scale preparation for the beginning of the 2019 NFL season is now less than a month away. Training camps will start to get underway in mid-July in the lead up to the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers season opener on September 5 to kick off the league's 100th season. Teams cannot have their [more]
The crew at First and 10 @ 10 today posted an interesting poll on Twitter to discuss on the air, and it seems a worthwhile discussion here: Which Broncos defenders have the most pressure to have a standout season? The only choices were Chris Harris Jr., Justin Simmons, Bradley Chubb and Todd Davis. Before answering the poll to see the winner according to the Twitter audience, let's consider these four options a little more closely: Obviously he has a lot of pressure in many ways because he's on a one-year prove-it deal to get the big contract he know he deserves. While he has been proving year after year that he is the best cornerback in the NFL - and PFF has often agreed with him - there is
It's a themed week across SB Nation this week, and that theme concerns the great what ifs in a given team's history. There is of course ample opportunity to dive into the Super Bowl what ifs for this football team, or consider what might have happened if the team had retained Brett Favre or Deion Sanders or not traded away picks that became stars. Let me start off by noting that this would have been a road that diverged from the Matt Ryan-led Falcons in significant ways, although one that would have likely taken time to fully manifest. Maybe Dorsey's career would have gone better in Atlanta, but there's scant evidence for that, meaning the Falcons would have used a top three pick on a defensive tackle who would not have come close to living up to the hype.
Episode 6 of Rookie Orientation profiles spry speedster Noah Fant, who the Denver Broncos hope will add another dimension to their offense, after drafting him with the 20th overall pick.
In his latest piece for NFL.com, former running back Maurice Jones-Drew ranked the top starting running backs in the league. He has Broncos Pro Bowler Phillip Lindsay ranked No. 23, among the bottom ten starters in the league. "Lindsay is recovering from a wrist injury he suffered last season, but it's hard to be down on a guy who accomplished [so much]," MJD wrote alongside his ranking of the second-year running back. It sure seems like MJD is down on him. The list of players ranked above Lindsay includes LeSean McCoy (No. 22), a 30-year-old running back who averaged 3.2 yards per carry last season and scored three touchdowns. Josh Jacobs (No. 21) is ranked higher, too, despite having yet to
Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey offered a slew of unvarnished opinions about NFL quarterbacks during interviews last offseason that included calling Bills quarterback Josh Allen trash and saying former Raven/current Bronco Joe Flacco sucks. Ramsey was offered another opportunity to break down signal callers around the league during an interview with Adam Schefter of ESPN, but [more]