Predicting the Week 1 Depth Chart For Denver Broncos
Predicting The Denver Broncos' Week 1 Depth Chart
The Denver Broncos open up the regular season on Sunday Night against the Indianapolis Colts. After cutting down their roster to 53 men on Saturday, the team now begins to play games that have meaning, which means the Broncos will want to get the best players out there to compete with a formidable team.
Here is my prediction for the Week 1 depth chart for the Broncos.
Peyton Manning (Starter)
There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Manning will start the season opener against his former team. He will look to record his first win against the team that released him and at least get near his MVP performance from last year. Osweiler is behind him barring anything serious.
Montee Ball (Starter)
Montee Ball begins his reign as the starting Broncos running back and will look to get a good amount of carries. Ronnie Hillman should come into the game as the change of pace or third down running back.
Demaryius Thomas (Starter)
Emmanuel Sanders (Starter)
Wes Welker (Starter)
It has not yet been clarified if Wes Welker will be cleared to play in Week 1, but I am going to assume with his progress that there is a chance. Andre Caldwell or Cody Latimer could also see some time in four wideout sets or red zone targets. Isaiah Burse will only see the field as a returner.
Julius Thomas (Starter)
Julius Thomas, the breakout player for the Broncos in 2013, will resume his role as the starting tight end. Jacob Tamme should see some time during the game as a run blocker and in the red zone. If the Broncos need the small yardage, look for them to line up Virgil Green as a fullback.
Orlando Franklin (LG)
Manny Ramirez (Center)
Louis Vasquez (RG)
Chris Clark (RT)
The return of Ryan Clady should boost a strong front for Peyton Manning as this squad will look to keep Manning upright throughout the season. Clady will start at left tackle, Franklin at left guard, Ramirez as the center, Vasquez will be starting right guard and Clark will move back to right tackle.
Demarcus Ware (DE)
Sylvester Williams (DT)
Terrance Knighton (DT)
Derek Wolfe (DE)
The Broncos get a much needed upgrade on the defensive line with Demarcus Ware. The release of Kevin Vickerson grants Williams the starting position on the inside. Knighton will look to cause havoc in the running game. Wolfe returns from a scary injury to anchor the end opposite Ware.
Von Miller (LOLB)
Nate Irving (MLB)
Brandon Marshall (ROLB)
Von Miller will look to rebound from a disappointing 2013 campaign and become a force once again on defense. Irving will get the start at the middle as he has shown improvement. Marshall will start until Trevathan recovers from an injured kneecap.
Aqib Talib (CB)
Chris Harris (CB)
Rahim Moore (FS)
T.J. Ward (SS)
Talib and Harris highlight an improved secondary and will start at the corners. Rahim Moore returns from a season-ending injury to take over at free safety while Ward comes to Denver to play strong safety. Roby could also see time on defense as a part of nickel packages.
Brandon McManus (Kicker)
Britton Colquitt (Punter)
Aaron Brewer (Long Snapper)
Omar Bolden (Kick Returner)
Isaiah Burse (Punt Returner)
McManus will assume kicking duties for the Broncos while Prater serves his suspension. Colquitt returns as the punter. Brewer will handle all long snaps to the punter and kicker. Bolden will return the kickoffs while Burse contributes to the punt returns.