Should Denver Broncos' Champ Bailey Start?

By Tylor Walden
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Champ Bailey is inching closer to his return.

The star cornerback has been listed as probable for this weekend’s matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is expected to make his season debut, but against a Jaguars team that does not have a lot going for them. In that case, should the Denver Broncos coaching staff wait until next Sunday’s tilt against the Indianapolis Colts, which will be more important?

 As I stated in a previous article, Bailey could be the X-factor in the deep run. But do you wait until Von Miller comes back to start your star cornerback, or give Bailey the game experience now before the big game?

Looking at this game in a wider scale, I believe it would be important for Bailey to play and use the game as a warm-up to see how the foot feels. Plus, Bailey has not played since the preseason game on August 17. So, this game would be a great opportunity to see if he can go at full speed before a huge showdown next Sunday.

Even then, there are huge injuries to star defensive players Wesley Woodard and Robert Ayers, so the defense will not be 100 percent healthy and the Broncos won’t have their star players all on the field at once.

Having Bailey play now would be a good idea. Miller will return from his six-game suspension next week, so I give him about a game or two to make an impact. Once Woodard and Ayers recover from their injuries, this defense of the Broncos could be challenging to stop.

Bailey’s time on the field is now, and once he has gelled with the defensive game plan for the Broncos, watch out. This team will be even harder to beat at full strength. That time is coming up really soon.

 Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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