By Tylor Walden on June 5, 2014
The Denver Broncos are coming off a season that had a lot of promise but ultimately ended in major disappointment. They enter the 2014 OTAs with a lot of motivation as they look to take the final step towards a championship season. During organized team activities, there are some tasks the coaches need to put together.
With that in mind, here are five things the team needs to accomplish during OTAs.
With Steve Johnson and Lamin Barrow behind him, Nate Irving needs to prove himself during not only OTAs, but also in training camp and the preseason. He has not been proficient at the position, so the Broncos need to find out if he should play linebacker full time, or if they should choose someone else.
With Trindon Holliday leaving via free agency, the Broncos are in need of a special teams player who could make the difference in that category. They saw what Percy Harvin did to them, so they need an electric returner. UDFA Isaiah Burse was excellent at Fresno State and could be the player the Broncos need to take the role on.
Emmanuel Sanders signed a free agency deal with the Broncos a couple months ago, and he has some large shoes to fill as the second wide receiver. His role should be increased quite a bit, especially with what he brings to the Broncos, which is the deep threat. He may be small, but he can bring a lot to the team in a more expanded role than he did in Pittsburgh.
Montee Ball is the clear starter going forward, but now Broncos fans want to know who is going to back him up. This decision would be easier if there was a running back on the roster who started an NFL game. C.J. Anderson is the backup right now, with a whole lot of running backs behind him. OTAs should at least clear the path for at least a couple of the running backs.
The Broncos' offensive line was bullied and pushed around by the Seattle Seahawks “Legion of Boom” in the Super Bowl. The main focus of the Broncos should be putting together a solid line so that something like that never happens again. A couple spots are filled, while a couple more are open to take. One thing is certain, they will make sure they are not bullied again.
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