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A closer look at the Broncos’ depth chart

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As the first wave of preseason games approach, teams are releasing their depth charts.  Though some can be misleading, it’s the only official (sometimes unofficial, but still the closest thing to official) configuration of players we have.

The Broncos have issued theirs, and the first 2013 depth chart sheds light on various areas of competition for the consensus favorites in the AFC West, if not the AFC entirely.

On offense, the Broncos list three starting receivers — Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Wes Welker.  This approach allowed the Broncos to avoid burying Welker behind Thomas or Decker, acknowledging that Welker is the top slot receiver.  (The Redskins opted to stick with two receivers, creating the false impression that Santana Moss, who is projected to be the No. 1 slot receiver, is struggling for a job on the third string.)

At running back, Ronnie Hillman has held off rookie Montee Ball, for now.  Behind Ball is Knowshown Moreno.

At center, Manny Ramirez has the top job for now, with recently unretired Ryan Lilja on the fourth string, behind journeyman Steve Vallos.

On defense, first-round tackle Sylvester Williams appears behind Terrance Knighton at nose tackle.

Free-agent acquisition Shaun Phillips shows up as both the backup to right defensive end Robert Ayers, and as the No. 2 to linebacker Von Miller.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has won the tentative starting job across from Champ Bailey, despite a high ankle sprain.  Last year’s starter, Chris Harris, backs up DRC.

At safety, Mike Adams (strong) and Rahim Moore (weak) have held off their challengers, so far.  Former Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer comes in at third behind Moore and David Bruton, which could be bad news for Jammer’s chances of making the team.

Quarterback Peyton Manning doesn’t have to worry about making the team.  With a solid supporting cast, he’ll go as far as he can take them.

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10 Responses to “A closer look at the Broncos’ depth chart”
  1. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 5, 2013 2:43 PM

    Yep…MegaHead will take them as far as he always does: one and done.

  2. Stiller43 says: Aug 5, 2013 2:45 PM

    “On offense, the Broncos list three starting receivers — Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Wes Welker. This approach allowed the Broncos to avoid burying Welker behind Thomas or Decker, acknowledging that Welker is the top slot receiver. ”

    Or an acknowledgement that MANY teams come out immediately in 3 WR sets…therefore, welker IS a starter in reality, and on the depth chart…

  3. murf17 says: Aug 5, 2013 2:56 PM

    somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 5, 2013 2:43 PM

    Yep…MegaHead will take them as far as he always does: one and done.
    There it is the first Mega Head of the day! You mean he will take a team into the playoffs again so Denver’s season will continue for at least an additional 1-2 weeks oh well at least the season won’t be over mid way through like “somethingsmellsrotten” team. Unless of course he is on the Pats or Niners wagon which he probably is.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 5, 2013 3:05 PM

    This depth chart pretty much nothing at this point, Julius Thomas is listed as the third TE bt has been getting the most reps with the first team, and with Dreesen and Tamme both hurt it’s likely (unless he gets injured or has a complete meltdown) he’ll be the first team TE when the season starts.

    Also Duke Ihenacho was the starting SS during Saturday’s scrimmage, not Mike Adams.

    Jammer, Tamme and Chris Kuper will all be cut before week 1.

  5. honkeyt says: Aug 5, 2013 3:06 PM

    I like Wolfe and Miller but besides that their D is overrated. Baily is old and has been scorched in training camp and Rogers-Cromarite is well….Rogers-Cromartie.

  6. humbleminded85 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:25 PM

    “At safety, Mike Adams (strong) and Rahim Moore (weak) have held off their challengers, so far.”

    Dear Mr. Writer…It’s strong safety and free safety. Even though Flacco’s cannon did make him appear weak.

  7. rmc1995 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    An even closer look will show that the Broncos don’t have a FB on their depth chart and the Redskins do.

  8. drzsucksbigtime says: Aug 5, 2013 3:40 PM

    Donk’s season hinges on Mellonhead’s health. One of the greatest regular season quarterbacks of all time.

  9. whysomanylosers says: Aug 5, 2013 4:10 PM

    rmc1995 says:
    Aug 5, 2013 3:26 PM
    An even closer look will show that the Broncos don’t have a FB on their depth chart and the Redskins do.
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    Look closer and you will see the Redskins don’t have a (healthy) starting QB and the Donkey’s do!

    Peyton’s Neck > RG’s Knee

  10. Nickstixx says: Aug 6, 2013 12:09 PM

    honkeyt says:Aug 5, 2013 3:06 PM

    I like Wolfe and Miller but besides that their D is overrated. Baily is old and has been scorched in training camp and Rogers-Cromarite is well….Rogers-Cromartie.
    _______________________________

    Wesley Woodyard is one of the best WLB in the game. Last year he was the first player since Urlacher in 2007 to record 100+ tackles, 5+ sacks, and 3 INT’s. Only the 12th player to do that since the sack became a stat.
    Defensive Tackles is going to be a strength this year, with Sylvester Williams, Kevin Vickerson, and Terrance Knighton.
    Also Rahim Moore is going to have another good year.
    You put those kind of players around a Von Miller, Champ Bailey, and Derek Wolfe and it is very strong.
    Overrated? They finished as the #2 Defense last season. Don’t expect that to drop that much if at all this year.

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