The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl in 2016, yet most people are marking them as rebuilders. Even though they lost core pieces such as Peyton Manning, they seem to be filling their holes with young talent. In a tough division headlined by the Chiefs, this team might not win the division but a wild card spot doesn’t seem out of reach. 

The Broncos offense might not have been that convincing last season when they averaged just under 300 yards, but GM John Elway has upgraded the offense tenfolds. After ending the season on a strong six games, quarterback Drew Lock is ready to take that next step in his development. Elway has added dynamic pieces such as wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, who will make life easier for Lock. This team also has one of the best one-two punches at running back with Melvin Gordan and Philip Lindsay, which will keep the offense balanced. In the passing attack the Broncos have added Jeudy and speedster KJ Hamler to pair with Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. Sutton is a number one receiver after putting up over 1k yards last season and with the new additions, this offense is looking scary. 

The Broncos defense is the main part of what led them into the Super Bowl, and many of the 2016 squad is still around. Defensive end Von Miller might have been the best player on that 2016 team, and now he is getting his prodigy,Bradley Chubb, ready to lead the defense. With the line solidified by Miller and Chubb, some people may look at the secondary as the weakness of this defense. The secondary though, is headlined by Justin Simmons and AJ Bouye, who just got traded from the Jaguars, who make this squad very intimidating. 

As the season begins many people will be watching out for the Chiefs, the Ravens, or the Saints but the Broncos could surprise many as the new breakout team. 

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  • The Canadian Press

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