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5 Denver Broncos Players Who Stood Out In Preseason Week 3

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Denver Broncos 2014 Preseason: 5 Players Who Stood Out In Week 3

Denver Broncos: Emmanuel Sanders
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The Denver Broncos' Week 3 preseason game against the Houston Texans was the last real test for the starting groups before their regular season opens against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 7. The game resulted in a loss, but when the starting group was on the field, they were sharp.

Here is a look at five players who stood out for the Broncos in Week 3 of the preseason.

5. Montee Ball

Denver Broncos: Montee Ball
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5. Montee Ball

Denver Broncos: Montee Ball
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This was Ball’s first preseason action after going through an appendectomy early on during training camp. He looked like a legitimate workhorse-type of running back while also being effective catching passes out of the backfield. The emergence of Ball is going to give the Broncos a physical presence in the running game that they lacked in 2013.

4. Britton Colquitt and Matt Prater

Denver Broncos: Matt Prater, Britton Colquitt
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4. Britton Colquitt and Matt Prater

Denver Broncos: Matt Prater, Britton Colquitt
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Colquitt and Prater flat-out looked bad on Saturday night. Colquitt only had two attempts, but without a favorable roll, he would have barely averaged 30 yards per punt; Prater was uncharacteristically inconsistent on both field goals and kickoffs. Both players are among the best in the league at their positions, but Saturday night probably had John Elway questioning the hefty contract extensions they each signed in recent years.

3. Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning
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3. Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning
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Manning looked to be in midseason form on Saturday night. He was sharp, accurate and on time with nearly every throw. With the exception of his one interception it was another near flawless night for Manning. He also silenced a lot of his arm strength critics when he connected with Emmanuel Sanders on a deep post for a touchdown on his last series.

2. Bradley Roby

Denver Broncos: Bradley Roby
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2. Bradley Roby

Denver Broncos: Bradley Roby
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Roby has been picked on in training camp and has been thrown into the mix right away as a rookie. On Saturday night, he began to show why the Broncos selected him with their first-round pick this May. He held his own against an elite wide receiver (Andre Johnson) and showed that he has the confidence that is needed to play cornerback in the NFL.

1. Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos: Emmanuel Sanders
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1. Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos: Emmanuel Sanders
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For fans, this was the first real glimpse of Sanders in a Bronco uniform and he did not disappoint. He caught five passes for 128 yards and showed off his elite-level explosiveness. If Saturday night is any indication, Broncos Country won’t be missing Eric Decker very much in 2014.