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Denver Broncos Preseason 2014: 5 Things To Watch For in Week 2

Denver Broncos Preseason 2014: 5 Things To Watch For in Week 2

Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning
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In the Denver Broncos preseason opener, it was clear the Broncos will be a different team in 2014. On defense, the Broncos played with an attitude that was missing in 2013. The offensive line looked to have gone from being a liability to being a standout group. While it was only one preseason game, the Broncos looked like a team on a mission. Here is a look at five things to watch for in Week 2 of the Denver Broncos' preseason.

5. Defensive Line Competitions

Denver Broncos: DeMarcus Ware
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5. Defensive Line Competitions

Denver Broncos: DeMarcus Ware
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The Broncos are deep all across the defensive line. So deep that when final cut day arrives, the odd guy(s) out of the defensive line rotation will likely be claimed by other teams off of waivers. Terrence Knighton, Sylvester Williams, Marvin Austin, Kevin Vickerson and Mitch Unrein have all made strong cases at tackle and DeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson, Derek Wolfe, Quanterus Smith and Kenny Anunike have all played well at end.

4. Running Back Competition

Denver Broncos: Juwan Thompson
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4. Running Back Competition

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The Broncos will be without Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson, which means there will be more carries for their back-ups. Ball, Anderson and Hillman all look like locks to make the Week 1 roster. Rookie Juwan Thompson excelled in the first preseason game and Kapri Bibbs looked solid as well. It is likely that one of the rookies, Brennan Clay included, will make the active roster so the extra carries give them a better chance to state their cases.

3. Brock Osweiler’s Development

Denver Broncos: Brock Osweiler
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3. Brock Osweiler’s Development

Denver Broncos: Brock Osweiler
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Osweiler will get a heavy workload with Peyton Manning likely only playing a handful of series. With two full years as a Manning-apprentice, Osweiler should have a grasp of the playbook and a good idea of the speed of the NFL game. If he excels, he becomes trade-bait and/or instills confidence in John Elway that he can be the heir to Manning’s throne. If he flops, the Broncos will know he is not their long-term guy.

2. Offensive Line Chemistry

Denver Broncos: Ryan Clady
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2. Offensive Line Chemistry

Denver Broncos: Ryan Clady
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The Broncos new-look offensive line will get another chance to gel against a top-notch NFL defense. Their development could be the key to being competitive with the staunch NFC defenses they will face in 2014. Don’t forget, this group played poorly in every Broncos loss in 2013.

1. Danny Trevathan’s Replacement

Denver Broncos: Lammin Barrow
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1. Danny Trevathan’s Replacement

Denver Broncos: Lammin Barrow
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With the injury to Trevathan, another starting spot is suddenly up for grabs. The top two contenders are Brandon Marshall and rookie Lammin Barrow. Marshall has been practicing with the starters, but Barrow was drafted as a speedy playmaker, kind of like Trevathan was two years ago. This should be an interesting battle as both players will likely be counted on heavily to step up in 2014.