By Tylor Walden on June 3, 2014
Organized Team Activities are underway for the Denver Broncos. While the position battles will not be decided for some time, there are a handful of positions that need to be determined in order for the coaches to have a starting point going into training camp and the preseason.
With that in mind, here are the five position battles for all Broncos fans to watch during the summer.
We all know Peyton Manning is the starting quarterback and Brock Osweiler is the backup, but I am curious about the man behind them. Zac Dysert got some surprising competition at the end of the draft when the team signed UDFA Bryn Renner. Both of these players will be fighting for the third string spot; the winner gets the spot on the roster, and the loser either gets cut or placed on the practice squad.
Right now, Orlando Franklin and Chris Clark are holding the tackle positions, but both could see some stiff competition from recently signed draft pick Michael Schofield, as well as Vinston Painter and Winston Justice. The team is set on creating the best offensive line for the 2014 season, so look out for this battle. If Schofield can prove himself, he could have a spot in the starting lineup.
Manny Ramirez did an excellent job as the starting center last year. However, Will Montgomery and Matt Paradis will be competing with him this summer. I fully believe Ramirez will win the job. At the very worst, Ramirez could find a starting job on another position on the line. The only way I see him losing the center job is if Montgomery or Paradis really impress this summer.
Cornerback was a position that was seriously looked at this offseason; it was addressed in free agency and the draft. Aqib Talib should win the top cornerback spot, but the competition will come at the other end between Bradley Roby and Chris Harris. Harris' injury might limit him, opening the door for Roby to start off the bat. All three should get some significant time during the season, but looking at who starts will be fun.
Since the departure of Wesley Woodard, the middle linebacker position has not been the same. Nate Irving has not impressed and Steven Johnson hasn't made enough plays to warrant a starting job. The Broncos drafted Lamin Barrow to create some competition and hopefully wake up Irving. If Irving doesn't impress, I can see Barrow winning the job and becoming the next starting middle linebacker.
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