The Denver Broncos ended their season in the AFC division round of the NFL playoffs unexpectedly to the Baltimore Ravens who will now be playing in Super Bowl XLVII. The Broncos who made the NFL Pro Bowl, however, will get a chance to participate this weekend in the annual all star game in Hawaii.
The Broncos had eight players invited to Hawaii, but only five who will make the trip: quarterback Peyton Manning, guard Zane Beadles, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, cornerback Champ Bailey and defensive end Elvis Dumervil. The three players that will not make the trip are offensive tackle Ryan Clady, offensive guard Chris Kuper and linebacker Von Miller.
Clady and Miller are just nursing minor shoulder injuries and could use the rest, but Kuper is scheduled to have surgery to repair what turned out to be another break in his lower left fibula.
The Broncos will be representing the annual Pro Bowl well, but look for the Broncos to add even more players to next year’s All-Star game. Give the Broncos another season to improve with Manning at the helm and you should see an increase in production from receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. If the Broncos pass more, which they plan to do with new offensive coordinator Adam Gase, it could also increase the yardage that the starting tailback would produce since the defense will be more in the pass preventative mode.
I also could see cornerback Chris Harris step up a little more and become a Pro Bowl-caliber player as early as next season. Plan on seeing plenty of Denver helmets in the 2014 Pro Bowl.
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