Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Power Ranking Number 27: Denver Broncos

In the past two off-season the Broncos have traded away their two best players in quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall and are hoping that this year’s two first round draft picks can replace them in quarterback Tim Tebow and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Thomas is still recovering from a broken foot that he suffered in pre-draft training and the question will be will he be one hundred percent by the start of the season. Kyle Orton right now is the starting quarterback but many don’t expect Tebow will be the starter sometime this season. Running back Knowshon Moreno had a good but not great rookie season rushing for 937 yards and 7 touchdowns and the Broncos expect him to have a better season this year being his second year in the NFL.

On defense Elvis Dumervil is the Broncos best pass rusher on the team and made the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker smoothly leading the team with 17 sacks and the Broncos will need him to have another outstanding season this year. In the secondary the Broncos have a veteran bunch with Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, and Andre Goodman and they provide the team with the leadership on the defense, they are getting a little older and don’t make as many plays as they did in the past, but they are all very good players still. Linebacker D.J. Williams is one of the better overall linebackers in the NFL, but the defense needs some younger players like linebacker Robert Ayers, linebacker Jarvis Moss and cornerback Alphonso Smith to step up there game.

Head coach Josh McDaniels needs to have a better finish to the 2010 season then he did to the 2009 season where they lost 8 out of their last 10 games, or his job could be on the line.

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