By Nick Villano @nick_villano on April 29, 2014
The Denver Broncos left the field on Feb. 2 as a beaten team. They watched as the Seattle Seahawks easily won the Lombardi Trophy. They spent the offseason trying to make a great team even better by making some of the biggest splashes in free agency, and with that comes extra pressure. These five players will have make-or-break seasons based on those factors.
Montee Ball was basically named the guy in the Broncos' backfield when the team easily let Knowshon Moreno sign with the Miami Dolphins. He showed some signs of life in his rookie year, but not enough. He definitely can become a very good back, but the pressure is on to do it quickly. Can he become the No. 1 back to take pressure off of Manning when he needs it? That is what will be expected of him.
What a tumultuous season Von Miller had in 2013. He started out appealing a four-game suspension just to receive a six game suspension instead. He ended it in the Super Bowl. It seems like forever ago, but he had 18.5 sacks in 2012. He needs to eliminate the distractions. If he can continue to dominate on the field and show 2013 was the exception not the rule, then he will be one of the best in the NFL once again.
Quinton Carter showed a ton of promise in his rookie year. Unfortunately, that was back in 2011. The past two seasons were both shut down early after injury. This year will show if he can stay on the field to continue his career. He is fighting to get another contract, unlike some on this list.
Most people thought that Jacob Tamme would have a Julius Thomas-type season, but now he might be playing for his job prior to the season. He could find his name on the wrong side of the cut list. All you need to know is Peyton Manning threw 55 touchdowns, and Tamme only caught one of them. He needs to show he can be the game changer at tight end they thought they were getting last season.
Rahim Moore is a name many know from two seasons ago when he messed up against the Ravens and was a reason for the Broncos' loss. He bounced back and had a decent season in 2013. With the arrival of TJ Ward, it seems that safety is now going to be magnified for analysts. There are also rumors that the Broncos could go safety in the draft. Moore may be fighting for a job.
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