5 Denver Broncos With the Most to Prove in 2014

Denver Broncos: 5 Players With Most to Prove in 2014

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The Denver Broncos may be the team with the most to prove after their embarrassing Super Bowl defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, but they also have a lot of players on their roster with an equal amount to prove for various reasons. Here are the five Broncos players with the most to prove in 2014.

5. Sylvester Williams

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5. Sylvester Williams

Sylvester Williams
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First-round draft picks are supposed to make an immediate impact, and Sylvester Williams may have made a bigger indent in the bench he rode for most of the season than he did in any single game. He finally started to show some signs of life during the final three games of the season. Sly must step up and prove he was worthy of a first-round draft pick. Otherwise, he may be categorized as another questionable John Elway draft pick.

4. Quinton Carter

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4. Quinton Carter

Quinton Carter
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Carter has missed two years of football due to a lingering knee injury that required microfracture procedure to repair. He was well on his way to becoming a mainstay in the Broncos' secondary before his injury and seemed to always come up with a big turnover when the Broncos needed it most. Let’s put it this way; the last time he saw a snap, Tim Tebow was still the quarterback of this team. This year is his time to prove his worth.

3. Ronnie Hillman

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3. Ronnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman
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Ronnie Hillman has been the most disappointing Broncos player over the past two years. Drafted in the third round, the Broncos have given him opportunity after opportunity to become a starter. But turnover problems and a pouty attitude have prevented him from seeing much playing time at all. Any time a running back has more DNPs than he does touchdowns something is wrong. This will be his final chance to prove he belongs on this team.

2. Nate Irving

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2. Nate Irving

Nate Irving
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Nate Irving, another third-round pick, has been a solid player since he was drafted in 2011. The team has shown continued confidence in him despite his inability to distinguish himself as the starting middle linebacker. This year, the starting job is his to lose. The Broncos selected Lamin Barrow from LSU in this year’s draft to offer some competition, but this may be his last chance to firmly establish his starting role.

1. Von Miller

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1. Von Miller

Von Miller
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It may seem odd to think that Miller has anything to prove after establishing himself as one of the best pass rushers in the league, but after missing the majority of last season due to off-the-field issues and an ACL injury, he may just have the most to prove of any other Broncos player. He has a long way to go to win back the trust of the fans and the organization after serving a six-game suspension for violating the substance abuse policy.


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