Denver Broncos: 5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer in 2014

Denver Broncos: 5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer in 2014

DeMarcus Ware
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I know what you’re thinking -- the Broncos made such a huge splash in free agency, that this list should be so obvious, my five-year-old could put it together. But I actually think the additions that will make the biggest impact were all on last year’s roster. The Broncos were decimated by injuries last season and still managed to make it to the Super Bowl. Now, they are all apparently healthy and ready to make their presence felt.

5. Rahim Moore

Rahim Moore
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5. Rahim Moore

Rahim Moore
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Rahim Moore fell victim to an injury most people had never even heard of. Compartment syndrome occurs when a muscle swells to the point that it restricts the blood flow, potentially leading to nerve damage. It can be deadly and Moore caught it just in time. The Broncos felt his absence severely as the season wore on, especially when it counted most. As much as I like them both, Mike Adams and Duke Ihenacho shouldn’t be starters in this league.

4. Kevin Vickerson

Kevin Vickerson
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4. Kevin Vickerson

Kevin Vickerson
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Kevin Vickerson suffered a dislocated hip in late November and was subsequently placed on IR. Vickerson was the anchor in the middle of the field, and the run defense was never quite the same. His presence never rarely shows up on the stat sheet, but ask any of his teammates, and they will tell you how valuable he is. With his return, the Broncos should be able to put one of the stronger defensive lines on the field this year.

3. Chris Harris Jr.

Chris Harris Jr.
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3. Chris Harris Jr.

Chris Harris Jr.
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Chris Harris Jr. is one of the most underrated defensive backs in the league. His absence in the Super Bowl was especially painful and apparent. He primarily has been utilized as the nickel cornerback, but with Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie now on other rosters, he will now be expected to lock down the field opposite of Aqib Talib. He should finally be able to make the rest of the league understand how good he really is.

2. Von Miller

Von Miller
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2. Von Miller

Von Miller
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Von Miller essentially missed the entire 2013-14 season due to a suspension resulting from a failure of the NFL’s substance abuse policy and a torn ACL. Don’t let the Broncos fool you. They didn’t bring in DeMarcus Ware simply for his pass rushing abilities. They need someone to keep an eye on Miller and to take him under his wing. Look for him to respond with a monster season.

1. Ryan Clady

Ryan Clady
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1. Ryan Clady

Ryan Clady
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Ryan Clady will be the most welcome addition to the roster this season. The O-line did a good job holding it together for most of the season, but they were painfully overmatched in the Super Bowl. Clady, a three time pro-bowler and two time first team all-pro, missed the nearly the entire season due to a Lisfranc injury. His presence will buy Peyton Manning that much more time to make decisions from the pocket, which is a scary thought.


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