Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/7/15 11:55pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is looking for a deal similar to Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson's deal that averages $16 million per season with $48 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Thomas has paced all NFL pass-catchers with 654.3 fantasy points over the last seasons, and while all the numbers say he and 2010 draft classmate Dez Bryant certainly have earned a long-term deals, the Megatron contract isn't likely to be approached with the prevailing league opinion seemingly being that an elite WR isn't a key ingredient in the Super Bowl-championship recipe.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 7/6/15 3:25pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball is expected to receive seven or eight carries a game, while RB C.J. Anderson serves as the bellcow with 18 per game, in the opinion of beat writer Troy E. Renck.
Huddle Up: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has been a "play the hot hand" guy before, but at least heading into the season the popular opinion is that Ball will play second fiddle to Anderson. There may be enough of a workload that even Ball's secondary role provides fantasy value, but you certainly can't bank on him being a fantasy factor at this juncture.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 7/2/15 5:29pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas' 184 targets last year were the most in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Regardless of whether or not he secures the long-term deal he's seeking, D.T. again easily figures to lead the Broncos in targets but definitely don't be shocked in the least if his overall numbers are his lowest in four years as Denver is expected to run more and throw less this coming campaign under new coach Gary Kubiak.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 6/29/15 11:06pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been forced to deal with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, less practice time and more rest during offseason practices, new offensive linemen, a new starting tight end in TE Owen Daniels and not being able to practice with star WR Demaryius Thomas yet.
Huddle Up: Manning will also be helming an offense that's expected to run the ball more frequently than in Peyton's past seasons. Perhaps his days as an elite fantasy quarterback are over--but he's still at minimum a solid fantasy starter.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 6/27/15 12:42am ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer said he has made an effort to develop more chemistry with QB Peyton Manning and has dedicated himself to learning head coach Gary Kubiak's playbook. 'It's much easier to catch on. It gives you time to play fast; you don't have to think so much,' Latimer said. 'Not as many adjustments in this offense. Once you know what you're doing out of the huddle, you stick with that. No changing on the run.'
Huddle Up: Latimer reportedly had trouble learning the offense a year ago as a rookie, contributing mightily to his decidedly underwhelming two-catch, 23-yard season. He's now the No. 3 WR in the Mile High City, but that doesn't figure to pack as much fantasy punch as recent seasons with the Broncos expected to run more under Kubiak.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 6/24/15 12:30pm ET
Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was the subject of preliminary trade discussions with the Houston Texans, according to a source. The talks occurred before Manning restructured his deal and the Texans signed QB Brian Hoyer. If the Texans were to acquire Manning they would have had to restructure Manning's deal and SportsRadio 610's source says the money in Houston would not have been as high as the $15 million Manning got from the Broncos.
Huddle Up: The Texans were interested in Manning when he was leaving Indy, and it sounds like they were at least exploring the possibility of pursuing him again. But Peyton's still a Bronco and the Texans are rolling with Hoyer, so all that's left is what might have been.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 6/15/15 5:10pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball has performed well during offseason activities, and he described the situation at running back as a '1-A and 1-B' rotation between he and RB C.J. Anderson.
Huddle Up: What Montee is expecting and what Montee will get this fall may be two different things entirely, as Anderson claimed the starting gig late last season and shows no signs of giving up a significant portion of the carries.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 6/14/15 10:27pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson showed better conditioning and performed better in offseason programs this year than he did last season.
Huddle Up: Anderson led all backs with 180.7 fantasy points from Week 10 on last season and could be even better from the outset with new coach Gary Kubiak bringing a run-first approach to the Mile High City. He's a solid RB1 prospect.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 6/13/15 12:09am ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is upset that WR Demaryius Thomas doesn't have a new deal and isn't practicing with the team, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, June 11.
Huddle Up: Hey, any QB would be upset over the absence of his top WR, let alone one who's hauled in 297 passes for 4,483 yards and 35 TDs -- good for a league-best 654 fantasy points -- since the QB's arrival in Denver in 2012, making them the most prolific pitch-catch fantasy combination in the league.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 6/11/15 1:52pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning and other veterans have accepted a lighter load during organized team activities (OTAs), as younger and inexperienced players are seeing more spring practice reps. Head coach Gary Kubiak is trying to keep his veterans fresh and healthy for training camp in late July.
Huddle Up: Good move with the now-39-year-old QB, who was clearly worn down late last season, affecting the fortunes of the Broncos and his owners in the fantasy playoffs.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 6/11/15 10:53pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas isn't expected to report to training camp if he does not have a new contract by that point.
Huddle Up: The deadline for the two sides to reach an extension is July 15, and if not it sounds like the Broncos and DT's fantasy owners could have a situation on their hands. The ball, though, is basically in the franchise's court as Thomas as totaled 4,483 receiving yards over the last three seasons -- the best stretch for a WR in third-through-fifth seasons in NFL history.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 6/9/15 3:57pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas did report Tuesday, May 9 and is not expected to attend the team's mandatory minicamp this week, but he will not be subject to fines as he has not signed his franchise tender. Thomas has until July 15 to reach a new deal with the team or else they can't sign a new deal until after the season. It would cost $15.39 million to place the franchise tag on him again in 2016.
Huddle Up: It was thought that Thomas might participate as a sign of good will, but that doesn't look like it will happen, leaving the ball in the Broncos' court to get Thomas signed to a long-term contract with LB Von Miller also due for a new deal next offseason. While new coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday he's confident a deal will get done, perhaps the Broncos' fall-back plan is to have Thomas play under the tag this season then let him walk while starting anew on offense in 2016 with this coming season also expected to be Peyton Manning's final one in Denver. Either way, it will be an interesting month in the Mile High City.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 6/2/15 4:36pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson modified his diet, ran hills and tracks in Colorado and California to check in at 221 pounds for the start of organized team activities (OTAs), down 22 pounds from this point last season.
Huddle Up: Despite the extra weight, Anderson finished 2014 with a flurry, and things are only looking up with Gary Kubiak and his RB-friendly scheme now in town.
Montee Ball - RBPosted 5/29/15 1:19pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson are splitting first-team repetitions during organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Due to injury issues, Ball was limited to five games and 172 rushing yards last season after a promising finish to his 2013 rookie campaign and became the forgotten man with Anderson's late-season emergence. Expect Anderson to again get the starting nod and majority of the Broncos' workload in 2015 but don't forget about Ball, a second-round pick, who will get his share of the carries if he can stay healthy.
Ryan Clady - OTPosted 5/28/15 4:15pm ET
Denver Broncos OT Ryan Clady (knee) tore the left anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during practice Thursday, May 28, and he is likely to miss all of the 2015 season, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Tough news for the Broncos and the four-time Pro Bowl LT, but it's not necessarily the end of the world for Peyton Manning and the fantasy prospects of the Broncos' offense as Clady suffered a foot injury and missed all but two games of the 2013 season when Manning and the Orange and Blue set a bevy of single-season NFL offensive records.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 5/28/15 9:40pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders indicated he may not be able to put up the same numbers in 2015 than he did in 2014 because of the offense head coach Gary Kubiak is bringing to the team. 'It's definitely different,' Sanders said. 'You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different.' Sanders said his goal is to have 1,000 receiving yards on the season.
Huddle Up: The passing and pass-catching numbers figure to go down across the board in the Mile High City, and if Sanders can settle in around the average of his first season with the Broncos and his final season with the Steelers -- which computes to roughly 84 catches for 1,070 yards and eight TDs -- it would certainly be a success given the new offense.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 5/17/15 3:36pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer will step in as an outside receiver when the team uses three-receiver sets this year.
Huddle Up: Look for Latimer and Demaryius Thomas on the outside with Emmanuel Sanders shifting inside to replace Wes Welker in the slot. In the big fantasy picture, though, look for Latimer to be competing with TE Owen Daniels for the No. 3 spot in the team's pass-catching pecking order behind Thomas and Sanders.
Jeff Heuerman - TEPosted 5/10/15 6:38pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (knee) is expected to miss the 2015 season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament during a non-contact drill at rookie minicamp Saturday, May 9. According to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, Heuerman had been enjoying a strong minicamp and was going to have a role in the offense.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick certainly was in the mix in Gary Kubiak's TE-friendly offense, but the ranks have thinned, leaving Owen Daniels, Virgil Green and James Casey atop the pre-season depth chart.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 5/10/15 11:42pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson was a 'little chubby' and wore down quick at times last year, according to former offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who now works for the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Gase later admitted he was joking to get in a jab at his former player, who shared in the laughs on social media. In all seriousness, though, Anderson starts the preseason atop the Broncos' RB depth chart and is poised to build on his break-out 2014 finish in coach Gary Kubiak's new zone-blocking scheme.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 4/28/15 11:24pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning took part in the first day of the team's veteran minicamp Tuesday, April 28. Manning wouldn't say whether 2015 would be his last season in the NFL, 'I feel good physically, and the whole team, including me, is just excited to get back on the field,' Manning said. 'We've been here a couple weeks, lifting and meeting, but it's always nice to get back on the football field.'
Huddle Up: So far so good from Dove Valley, but hey, it's April minicamp. Now if it's the same story for the 39-year-old QB come the season's homestretch in late November and December, then it'll be a little more newsworthy.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 4/23/15 10:52pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has decided not to participate in offseason workouts because he does not want to suffer an injury, but general manager John Elway does not know why Thomas is sitting out. 'That makes no sense to me, him not getting hurt,' Elway said. 'If he gets hurt here, he's covered. If he gets hurt on his own... I don't understand it all. It makes no sense for him.'
Huddle Up: Thomas, of course, is mainly staying away from voluntary team workouts in protest of his franchise tag, but either way, it's not good to rankle the boss. The two sides allegedly are still working to get a long-term deal hammered out, but it sounds like the progress is slow going.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 4/20/15 10:23pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer believes he has already improved this offseason after participating in QB Peyton Manning's Duke passing camp. 'I got a lot of repetitions; I am faster than I was [last season], shiftier,' Latimer said. Latimer's counterpart, WR Emmanuel Sanders, has already heaped praise on him. 'He's a special player. He has strong hands, the physical tools. I think this is going to be the year he jumps onto the map.'
Huddle Up: Latimer has said he wasn't ready for Peyton Manning's offense last year, spending too much time thinking instead of reacting. So any additional time he can spend getting on the same page with Manning will only help him once the games start to count.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 4/19/15 2:50pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning won't be forced into a playbook that doesn't suit his gifts, according to head coach Gary Kubiak, and Kubiak added that it has been easy to mix his playbook with the playbook Denver used last season.
Huddle Up: Yeah, don't expect the 39-year-old Manning to be running a lot of play-action rollouts but do look for more running from the Broncos overall with a FB a part of the regular lineup istead of a third WR.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 4/13/15 11:07pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer, who is expected to line up across from WR Demaryius Thomas in 2015, has been praised by WR Emmanuel Sanders, who figures to move inside to the slot position in three-wide receiver sets. 'Cody is a special player. He has strong hands and is a physical tool. I think this is going to be the year that he jumps onto the scene. I think he's going to have a big year and I'm happy he's on my team and in our receiver group,' Sanders said.
Huddle Up: Ringing endorsement for Latimer, a dynasty league favorite last season. The Broncos won't throw as much under Gary Kubiak, so there won't be quite as much of a fantasy opportunity for Latimer this year, but he's still catching passes from Peyton Manning so there is upside to be had.
Emmanuel Sanders - WRPosted 4/13/15 11:07pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said he will play in the slot when the Broncos play with a three wide receiver set and that he's comfortable in that position.
Huddle Up: Sanders played plenty of slot in Pittsburgh. Moving him around in the Denver offense will make it more difficult for opposing defenses to scheme for him, so this move certainly won't hurt Sanders' fantasy upside.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 4/8/15 9:28am ET
The Denver Broncos and WR Demaryius Thomas are unlikely to reach a long-term deal soon. It is likely that Thomas' representation waits to see what kind of deal the Dallas Cowboys and WR Dez Bryant reach before proceeding with a deal for his client. Thomas will be paid $12.822 million on the franchise tag this year, and that's close to the $13 million per year the Broncos offered last summer, so Denver can afford to wait.
Huddle Up: Thomas isn't going anywhere this season under the franchise tag; the question then becomes will the Broncos be transitioning to a run-heavy team after Peyton Manning, in which case they don't want to overpay for a top-end receiver? One way or another Thomas will get paid, and having $13 mil in the bank this year allows him to take his time.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 4/7/15 8:07pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas thinks the team will have a much more balanced offense under new head coach Gary Kubiak in 2015. 'They've got everybody saying we're going to run, run, run and I know the coaches have run the ball before and that's good, I think,' Thomas said. 'We know we can throw, we know we have guys who can make plays, I don't think coach Kubiak is going to just ignore that. But I think we all feel like if we can add in a good running game, you can win the Super Bowl.'
Huddle Up: Thomas, who is currently slated to play under a one-year franchise tender, is still no-doubt WR1 material, but certainly look for him to fall short of his career-high 111-1,619-11 stat line of a season ago given Peyton Manning's advancing age and the Broncos' more-balanced offensive approach.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 4/2/15 8:06pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer is participating in QB Peyton Manning's workouts at Duke University this week. Latimer was dropped to the scout team last season but could have a bigger role in the offense in 2015 since the team lost TE Julius Thomas to the Jacksonville Jaguars and are not expected to re-sign free-agent WR Wes Welker. Latimer has a good chemistry with Manning even though it did not translate to games.
Huddle Up: Latimer, already a popular dynasty-league stash, is in line to be the Broncos' No. 3 WR -- at the least the franchise is hoping so -- after catching only two passes for 23 yards last season as a buried-on-the-depth-chart second-round pick. He'll certainly have late-round re-draft value but don't reach too early as the Broncos aren't expected to be passing as much with Gary Kubiak now running the show.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 4/2/15 8:06pm ET
Correcting a previous report, Denver Broncos franchise free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle) is not working out with QB Peyton Manning and the other receivers at Duke University because he is allowing his ankle to heal.
Huddle Up: Whether it's his "mending" ankle or displeasure over getting franchise tagged, Thomas isn't going to be doing much of anything when it comes to voluntary workouts this spring and summer. The All-Pro wideout, though, still a new offense to acclimated to, but his fantasy owners shouldn't get too nervous unless his absence starts cutting into training camp and the like.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 3/31/15 11:08am ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas will not be present at the Broncos' offseason program or attend workouts with QB Peyton Manning at Duke University. Thomas is currently in Los Angeles for a charity event.
Huddle Up: Would be nice for Thomas to be working with Manning and getting reps in Gary Kubiak's offense, but ultimately unless Thomas isn't getting those reps in August there's little to worry about here.
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