5 Most Irreplaceable Players For The Denver Broncos in 2014

Denver Broncos' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players

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One season removed from a Super Bowl berth, the Denver Broncos have much to look forward to in 2014. This is a team that has steadily improved since John Elway and John Fox took over a 4-12 team back in 2010. Many strides have been made and now the team is within reach of the ultimate prize.

With that in mind, here are five Broncos players who will mean the most to the team's success this season.

5. Von Miller

Von Miller
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5. Von Miller

Von Miller
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Even though the Broncos won all but one game last year without Von Miller, he is a huge part of the team's defense. His ability to get to the quarterback and make a play on the ball is undeniable. The health of Miller could make a huge difference for the team this season.

4. Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib
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4. Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib
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The Broncos' secondary was hit or miss throughout the 2013 campaign. It didn't help with injuries as well. The team brought in Aqib Talib to make more noise in the secondary. It would not be a surprise if Talib is seen as a leader of the secondary, but he has to stay healthy throughout the majority of the season if the Broncos are to have a chance.

3. Julius Thomas

Julius Thomas
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3. Julius Thomas

Julius Thomas
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In the NFL today, the tight end position is utilized more than ever. Julius Thomas is no exception. While he still has a ways to go to be compared to Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski, he is utilized the same way that the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints place their tight end in the game plan. With a contract for Thomas coming up as well, it is time to see if he can improve on his already surprising 2013 season.

2. Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas
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2. Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas
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Perhaps Peyton Manning's favorite target in the passing game, Demaryius Thomas has flourished quite a bit in the past two seasons. His skill set helps the offense out if they need those important yards. With a new contract looming, Thomas will become a household name for the Broncos for years to come and they need him to continue his amazing production.

1. Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning
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1. Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning
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We all know the quarterback position is one the most irreplaceable players on the roster, but I say that Peyton Manning's performance this season will make a huge difference. While Manning may not repeat his 2013 record breaking season, having him on the field makes a world of difference for the 2014 season.


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