By Tylor Walden on August 7, 2014
The Denver Broncos kick off their preseason schedule Thursday night at home against Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks. Preseason is a chance for coaches to see how the players stack up against other teams. This is a simulation of sorts to separate the men from the boys, so to speak.
Here are 10 players fans should be watching closely during the Broncos preseason.
An UDFA out of Colorado State, Kapri Bibbs only played one year of NCAA football as he attended smaller schools before playing one year for the Rams. In that one year, he was the NCAA leader in touchdowns with 31 rushing. As a player who currently is on the bubble, Bibbs will be an interesting running back to watch.
One of the most well known pass rushers, Demarcus Ware was signed as a free agent from the Dallas Cowboys in hopes he could help the Broncos defense get to the quarterback. His resume has been known to harass quarterback's from the line and make it difficult, especially if Von Miller is opposite side of him. Look for Ware to make his presence known in the few series he gets to play.
Last season, Rahim Moore had a scary injury that forced him to miss the last bit of the season and the postseason. He has certainly been on a roller coaster ride in the last few years, mostly downwards, but he is looking to have a solid 2014 campaign and started preseason on the top of the depth chart. Can't wait to see what he brings to the table in 2014.
The UDFA out of Fresno State, Isaiah Burse was brought in to hopefully become the next big wideout, but for the time being become an electric kickoff and punt returner. Fans have yet to hear good things on Burse, but perhaps some game action will help his cause and show the NFL world what he is truly capable of.
Another player that might not see a whole lot of playing time, Emmanuel Sanders was another free agent brought over to help the Broncos on the offensive side of the ball. His ability to be a deep threat gives the team another dynamic in the offense and his playmaking abilities in the early goings could shape what to expect this season.
The Broncos fifth-round draft selection out of LSU, Lamin Barrow was drafted to help push Nate Irving to become better or take his spot in the starting lineup. He has the ability to get to the quarterback, drop into coverage and make a play on the ball, which could help his cause this preseason onward if he becomes one of the faces of the defense for years to come.
The Broncos took their chances and traded up to get this talented wideout from Indiana. He has impressed coaches and fans so far. Now it is time to see what he can bring to some exhibition games during this time and push himself even further up the depth chart.
There was no question that the Broncos needed more of a physical approach to their defense and they did that once free agency began by signing T.J. Ward. Known as a hard hitting safety who knocked out Rob Gronkowski for the season, Ward will be bringing that physical mentality to the Broncos, which will be something to watch.
Continuing on with the physicality on defense, Aqib Talib was brought over to do that and shut down his side of the field. The secondary was one of the Broncos weak spots during the season, and John Elway wasted no time improving the secondary. Look for Talib to make some electric plays this preseason.
What a familiar spot Hillman is in this preseason. He started last year at this time at the top of the depth chart and fall down to earth hard with his inconstancy and fumbling issues. Now that Montee Ball is out for the preseason, this is a chance for Hillman to make the most of his chances or he may just find himself on another team. In Hillman we trust? Only time will tell.
June 2, 2015 by Ryan O'Bleness
The Detroit Lions drafted seven players in the 2015 NFL Draft. Here is a prediction of the role each player will play on the team. Read More
June 2, 2015 by Casey Drottar
Here's a look at the potential impact for every one of Cleveland's 2015 draft picks. Read More
June 2, 2015 by Timothy Downs
These 15 NFL rookies will begin their ascension to greatness in 2015. Read More
June 2, 2015 by Kelly Anderson
Dallas Cowboys' Darren McFadden must prove himself in the OTAs or his stay in the NFL could be over. Read More
June 2, 2015 by Jerry Landry
Adrian Peterson attending OTAs is a scheme toward departure -- not patching things over with Minnesota. Read More
June 2, 2015 by Kyle Mountain
To ensure a dynamic and unpredictable offense, the Baltimore Ravens would be wise to utilize two capable tight ends in their offense to give quarterback Joe Flacco as many targets as possible. Read More
June 2, 2015 by Evan Massey
The Denver Broncos selected wide receiver Cody Latimer in the second round last year, and need him to step up during the 2015 season. Read More
June 2, 2015 by Doug Green
Just one year after signing a multi-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Toby Gerhart could find himself on a new roster in 2015. Read More