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Previewing The Denver Broncos’ 2014 Training Camp

Previewing The Denver Broncos' 2014 Training Camp

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Coming off a 13-3 record and Super Bowl appearance in 2013, expectations for the 2014 Denver Broncos are sky high. The offense looks even better than the record-setting unit of 2013, the defense made several bold additions that should make them one of the premier systems in the NFL and the special teams unit remains one of the best in the business. Anything less than a return trip to the Super Bowl will be a disappointment.

Schedule

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Schedule

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Broncos players will report to Dove Valley for training camp on July 23 with the first practice scheduled for the morning of July 24. Due to construction, most of Broncos’ training camp will be closed to the public. Instead, there will be three open practices at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, with the first taking place July 27. On August 7, the Broncos open up the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks in a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch.

Quarterbacks

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Quarterbacks

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Peyton Manning returns after his record-breaking, MVP 2013 campaign. Manning showed no signs of age in 2013 and is sure to be right in the middle of the MVP race again in 2014.

The real battle here is for the No. 2 job behind Manning. Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert will battle it out during training camp practices and preseason games. Regardless of who wins the backup job, both Osweiler and Dysert are near locks to make the final roster.

Running Backs

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Running Backs

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The team is clear that this is Montee Ball’s position to lose. They let Knowshon Moreno walk and Ball worked with the first team all offseason. If he can correct ball security issues that plagued him early on last year and improve as a pass blocker, Ball could be a budding star for the Broncos. The backup role is a wide-open competition between veterans Ronnie Hilman and CJ Anderson and rookies Kapri Bibbs, Brennan Clay and Juwan Thompson.

Wide Receivers

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Wide Receivers

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The Broncos are ridiculously talented here. Even after losing Eric Decker, they are five-deep with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders, Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer. Thomas, Welker and Sanders are the anticipated top three, but Caldwell and Latimer will both be hard to keep off the field. If any other receiver has a chance at making the roster, he will have to excel on special teams.

Tight Ends

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Tight Ends

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The Broncos have an emerging star in Julius Thomas and three above average veterans in Joel Dreesen, Jacob Tamme and Virgil Green. There is a chance Dreesen or Tamme could end up as salary cap casualties if converted wide receiver Gerrell Robinson shows potential as a tight end. If Thomas can improve as a blocker, he is a definite All-Pro candidate.

Offensive Line

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Offensive Line

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The Broncos offensive line played poorly in every Broncos loss in 2013. The return of left tackle Ryan Clady will be huge for this group. Chris Clark made the move to right tackle and will compete with Winston Justice. Orlando Franklin was moved to guard. Manny Ramirez and Will Montgomery will battle it out for the starting center spot and All-Pro Louis Vasquez returns for his second season in Denver. Competition will be tight for backup roles.

Defensive Line

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Defensive Line

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This should also be a deep position group for the Broncos. At defensive tackle, Terrence Knighton was exceptional in 2013, Sylvester Williams showed flashes of greatness in his rookie year and Kevin Vickerson was playing at a high level before a season-ending injury. Malik Jackson, Derek Wolfe and Quanterus Smith will compete for playing time at defensive end opposite of DeMarcus Ware, one of the Broncos' key offseason additions.

Linebackers

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Linebackers

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Inside linebacker is one of the few question marks surrounding this team. Nate Irving is the likely starter and will face stiff competition from rookie Lamin Barrow and a slew of journeymen veterans. At outside linebacker, Von Miller is one of the premier defenders in the NFL and Danny Trevathan is a blossoming star on the other side. The top special teams performers in the group will fill the backup roles.

Defensive Backs

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Defensive Backs

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Aqib Talib was signed in the offseason to fill the role of shutdown corner. If Chris Harris Jr.’s injury is fully recovered, the Broncos will have one of the top cornerback duos in the league. First-round pick Bradley Roby should be a factor, as will veterans Tony Carter and Kayvon Webster. Rahim Moore and newcomer TJ Ward are the starters at safety. Duke Ihenacho, Quinton Carter and special teams captain David Bruton will push for playing time.

Special Teams

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Special Teams

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Matt Prater and Britton Colquitt are among the best in the NFL at their respective positions and Aaron Brewer has been flawless in his two seasons with the Broncos. Gone is return man Trindon Holliday, so both the punt and kickoff return jobs are up for grabs. Emmanuel Sanders is a prime candidate for the punt returner job and Andre Caldwell is a leading candidate for the kickoff returner job.

Biggest Training Camp Battles

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Biggest Training Camp Battles

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The biggest camp battles will be at backup running back spot and nickel cornerback. At running back, CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman have a leg up on their rookie competition, but Kapri Bibbs is said to have had a strong offseason. This battle could come down to pass blocking. Kayvon Webster and Bradley Roby will battle for the nickel spot with Roby being the favorite here. Either way, both players will contribute to the Broncos this year.