Ronnie Hillman - RBPosted 6/21/16 2:13pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is still ahead of RB Devontae Booker to back up RB C.J. Anderson, according to Andrew Mason of denverbroncos.com. RB Kapri Bibbs will also compete with Hillman and Booker for backup duties.
Huddle Up: Even though, he actually led the Broncos in rushing last season with 207 attempts and 863 yards, Hillman is perennially dismissed in many fantasy circles with GMs gravitating toward C.J. Anderson and, now, Booker, the fourth-round pick. While Anderson remains the projected starter, keep an eye on the Hillman-Booker battle for the No. 2 gig.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 6/20/16 5:23pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he was thinking too much last season. Thomas missed a good portion of the 2015 offseason program while waiting for a long-term deal and his mother was set to be released from prison. Thomas said it was tough trying to catch up with the new offense after missing so much time and with his off-field life.
Huddle Up: Thomas needs to be more focused this offseason if for no other reason than the Broncos are breaking in a new quarterback. Denver's passing game numbers dropped off last season, and given their current quarterback situation aren't likely to jump back up so it's on Thomas to improve last year's production by being more in sync with the offense.
Ronnie Hillman - RBPosted 6/20/16 5:23pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (knee) ran well after he recovered from a torn meniscus and appears poised to push RB Ronnie Hillman for the No. 2 running back job.
Huddle Up: Hillman didn't bring much to the table last season, and if healthy Booker has the ability to not only supplant Hillman as the Broncos' pass-catching back but to horn in on CJ Anderson's action as the feature back.
Von Miller - LBPosted 6/16/16 1:00pm ET
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller posted on Instagram Thursday, June 16, that he will not play the 2016 season under the franchise tag.
Huddle Up: Still hard to see things coming to this with the reigning Super Bowl MVP in his prime earning years and the Broncos with ample cap room to make him the league's highest-paid defensive player. Look for long-term deal to ultimately be struck before the July 15 deadline.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 6/10/16 11:33am ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is in the best condition that head coach Gary Kubiak has seen him in, and Anderson has responded to competition. 'He's ready to be an every down back,' Kubiak said.
Huddle Up: Could all of that Anderson-is-a-top-5-fantasy-back hype come a season too early? Those looking for mid-round RB with upside should certainly consider Anderson who projects as the lead back for a team which will look to run more in a run-friendly scheme given its current QB situation.
Von Miller - LBPosted 6/9/16 12:07pm ET
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos LB Von Miller rejected a six-year, $114.5 million deal at some point between Monday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 8. A source close to Miller said the player actually accepted two significant parts of the offer Monday: specifically, the length of the contract (six years) and the overall money ($114.5 million). However, the guaranteed money is apparently where the impasse is, and the impasse has escalated so quickly that Miller could sit out the 2016 season entirely.
Huddle Up: Sure, it's a possibility, but not likely. The Broncos thought they'd float more of a team-friendly deal, but Miller holds the leverage and the hammer here even though he's on the franchise tag for 2016 and expect the Broncos to come up with enough guaranteed $$$ before the July 15 deadline.
Paxton Lynch - QBPosted 6/9/16 12:15pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch agreed to a four-year deal with a fifth-year option Thursday, June 9. The total value is expected to be around $9.5 million, and it includes a $5,091,860 signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Lynch has had his OTA moments so far and is now signed, sealed and delivered, but for now the first-round pick is No. 3 on the Broncos' QB depth chart and will have to overtake Mark Sanchez and second-year QB Trevor Siemian to win the team's starting gig.
Paxton Lynch - QBPosted 6/8/16 11:09am ET
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch worked with the third-team offense in practice Tuesday, June 7, but he guided the No. 3 offense to a touchdown against the No. 3 defense. Afterwards, head coach Gary Kubiak praised the quarterback's work. 'I think Paxton did some really good stuff. He took the young kids down the field at the end of practice,' Kubiak said.
Huddle Up: Important to note that Lynch is still taking snaps with the third team, as the Broncos don't feel like they have to rush him. That bodes well for Mark Sanchez as a fantasy entity this season.
Mark Sanchez - QBPosted 6/7/16 4:00pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez worked with the first-team offense during practice Tuesday, June 7, and had a good day. QB Trevor Siemian worked with the second-team offense, while QB Paxton Lynch worked with the third team.
Huddle Up: Unless Siemian displays an edge in having been in Gary Kubiak's offensive system a year longer than the other two, still bank on Sanchez opening the season as the Broncos' starter.
Demarcus Ware - LBPosted 6/2/16 1:04pm ET
Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware (back) continues to miss organized team activities (OTAs) due to his back injury, and executive vice president of future operations and general manager John Elway expressed concerns about the injury. 'Yeah, there's always concern with that. Especially with the back, because you never really know. And he's such an integral part of it and his leadership qualities, so obviously we're hopeful he can get that going. We're going to manage him and we knew that coming in this year, to take care of him. Yeah, there's a little bit of concern there,' Elway said Wednesday, June 1.
Huddle Up: IDP leaguers are going to have to be extra wary of Ware, who turns 34 at the end of July and is coming off a season where he missed a career-most five games and posted the second-lowest sack total (7.5) of his 11-year career.
Paxton Lynch - QBPosted 6/1/16 10:29am ET
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch continues to make progress as he gets comfortable during organized team activities (OTAs). Head coach Gary Kubiak has continued to divide the first-team snaps for the quarterbacks three ways between Lynch, QB Mark Sanchez and QB Trevor Siemian.
Huddle Up: Splitting first-team snaps three ways is cute in June, but come August the Broncos will want to give their starter as many reps as possible. If it's still a three-way split in training camp, it will mean the Broncos haven't found their quarterback yet--and that won't be good news, fantasy or otherwise.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 6/1/16 10:29am ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer was arrested Monday, May 30 for failing to pay a one-year old traffic ticket. The wide receiver shelled out $311.50 to resolve the situation. Latimer originally called police as the alleged victim of a domestic dispute.
Huddle Up: Probably not enough here to warrant league action, but anytime a player gets arrested you can expect league officials to take a closer look.
Jeff Heuerman - TEPosted 6/1/16 10:29am ET
Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (hamstring) has been limited in organized team activities with a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: There's been a bit of buzz about Heuerman as the heir to Owen Daniels in Denver's version of the Gary Kubiak offense, but if he can't get on the field it will be tough for him to carve out that niche.
Trevor Siemian - QBPosted 5/31/16 10:21am ET
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian is considered a sleeper for the starting quarterback job, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. 'I think Trevor has a maturity to him. He's kind of the sleeper, I would say. Trevor knows the offense. He's very comfortable and can throw the ball, too,' Kubiak said Monday, May 30. 'We've also seen him make big plays in the preseason games under the lights. I wouldn't sleep on Trevor to win the job, either.'
Huddle Up: Plenty of coach-speak here, as Siemian is a solid third behind veteran Mark Sanchez and first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch. He may have an advantage in May having been in the offensive system last season, but that's likely to evaporate come August.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 5/29/16 9:06pm ET
Denver Broncos WRs Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler are expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job during training camp. Latimer has performed well during offseason workouts during the last few seasons but has not recorded great numbers during the regular season. Fowler had a decent role in the passing game in 2015 but injuries and inconsistency dropped him on the depth chart.
Huddle Up: This would be huge fantasy news two or three seasons ago, but with Mark Sanchez or Paxton Lynch expected to guide a run-first offense, it's far off the fantasy map for all but the huge or dynasty leagues.
Devontae Booker - RBPosted 5/24/16 4:04pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (knee) has been doing almost all of the drills the other running backs are doing in organized team activities, and it appears he's close to 100 perdent in his recovery from a knee injury in college.
Huddle Up: Good news for the fourth-round pick who will need to establish himself early to earn a significant role in the Broncos' RB rotation with the team bringing back its top two rushers (C.J. Anderson & Ronnie Hillman) from last season.
Devontae Booker - RBPosted 5/22/16 2:02pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker said he wants to become one of the best running backs in franchise history, and he plans to 'take someone's job' this year.
Huddle Up: Right now, that job looks to be Ronnie Hillman's with C.J. Anderson and his new contract penciled into the No. 1 role, but another uninspiring training camp or slow start by Anderson could open the door for the fourth-round rookie.
Mark Sanchez - QBPosted 5/19/16 1:21pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez (thumb) is hopeful he'll be able to participate when organized team activities begin next week. Sanchez is currently recovering from surgery on his left thumb, and he is encouraged by the progress of the recovery.
Huddle Up: No rush or sense of urgency as the Broncos' first game that counts is still more than three months away. If Sanchez can't participate in OTAs, it'll mean more much-needed reps for young QBs Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian.
Mark Sanchez - QBPosted 5/17/16 1:24pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez injured his left thumb in the weight room Thursday, May 12, and underwent surgery Saturday, May 14. He will miss a few organized team activities, according to Mike Kils of 9news.com.
Huddle Up: Not a huge deal given the calendar, but it reiterates the fragility of the Broncos' QB situation with only raw rookie Paxton Lynch and untested second-year Trevor Siemian the only other QBs on the roster. In any case, it's not looking overly promising for wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Virgil Green - TEPosted 5/17/16 2:12pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Virgil Green could see more opportunities in 2016 after a career-high 12 catches last season, according to Mike Klis of 9news.com. Green said he wants to prove in training camp that he can be an every-down tight end.
Huddle Up: The Broncos have an opening for a productive tight end, and Green appears to be the best option on the current roster to fill that role. Moreover, tight ends have generally fared well in Gary Kubiak-coached offenses.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 5/12/16 10:29am ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler said Wednesday, May 11, that it has been fun learning a new offense and trying to get comfortable in his new surroundings. 'It's fun,' Osweiler said. 'It's hard to judge that progress because we haven't hit the practice field and gone against a defense, but it's like you speak Spanish your whole life and then all of a sudden one day, they tell you to go learn French and do it in front of 70,000 people.'
Huddle Up: Osweiler will have more freedom in Houston than he did in Denver, with a similar array of offensive weapons. Let's see if it's enough for him to live up to his big contract, or more importantly put up quality fantasy numbers.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 5/12/16 12:56pm ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson will receive the bulk of the carries in 2016 with RB Ronnie Hillman providing a change of pace. RB Devontae Booker will have a chance to play on third downs if he can pick up pass protection.
Huddle Up: To remain -- and thrive -- in the role, Anderson will have enter the regular season in top shape, fight off the nagging injuries and avoid the slow starts that have hampered him in recent seasons. If not, don't be surprised if the fourth-round pick Booker leaprogs Hillman and emerges as the Broncos' lead horse.
Devontae Booker - RBPosted 5/10/16 9:19am ET
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (knee) missed the last part of the 2015 season with a knee injury, but the team expects him to be ready by June. He is the three-down back in waiting in Denver, and he has good ability as a receiver and third-down blocker.
Huddle Up: Gary Kubiak's offense has made a living off of versatile late- round running backs, and Booker fits the mode. If he's at full go by June, expect him to battle for significant touches in the Denver offense.
Von Miller - LBPosted 5/5/16 3:37pm ET
Denver Broncos franchise free-agent CB Von Miller said he wants to sign a long-term contract that will keep him in Denver for the rest of his career. 'I'm going to be here in Denver no matter what,' Miller said. 'The contract is going to take care of itself. I'm going to be a Denver Bronco for life.' However, Miller isn't expected to show up for workouts this week.
Huddle Up: Miller and the Broncos have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal or he'll play under the franchise tag this coming season. Miller's IDP owners can't quibble, but they wouldn't mind seeing his 2015 postseason production (five sacks, two forced fumble, interception) carry over into the regular season after he had 11 sacks in 2015.
Devontae Booker - RBPosted 5/1/16 11:08pm ET
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker should push for playing time as a rookie, according to ESPN beat writer Jeff Legwold.
Huddle Up: The Broncos' selection of the the former Utah standout was anything but good news for C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman and their fantasy owners as the team's RB touches could now be split three ways instead of two like last season.
Paxton Lynch - QBPosted 4/29/16 12:33pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch was being pursued by the Dallas Cowboys, but Dallas was unable to find a trade partner to move back into the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys could still make a play for Connor Cook as their developmental quarterback, though they pick third in the second round behind the Browns and Titans.
Paxton Lynch - QBPosted 4/28/16 11:18pm ET
The Denver Broncos selected Memphis QB Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28. The Broncos traded up with the Seattle Seahawks, giving up their first-round pick a third-round selection to move up five spots.
Huddle Up: The selection of the Memphis standout would seem to close the door on a trade for Colin Kaepernick or Sam Bradford, but it isn't necessarily bad news for Mark Sanchez as Lynch projects as a project who could need a season to adjust to the pro level. In the meantime, though, fantasy expectations for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders should be kept in check with the Denver passing game in a state of flux.
Garrett Graham - TEPosted 4/26/16 2:24pm ET
Free-agent TE Garrett Graham (Texans) has signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: After a career-best 49-catch, 545-yard season in 2013, Graham has logged only 22 receptions and 227 yards the last two seasons, but now he is reunited with old coach Gary Kubiak. Overall, though, it's shaping up to be a fantasy-unfriendly TEBC in the Mile High City with Graham joining the likes of 2015 third-round pick Jeff Heuerman and veteran Virgil Green.
Mark Sanchez - QBPosted 4/21/16 5:14pm ET
The Denver Broncos seem fine with going to training camp with QBs Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and a rookie quarterback, in the opinion of The Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe.
Huddle Up: Sanchez has grown on the Broncos and the Mile High City since his arrival last month. Meanwhile, the other veteran QB options have thinned, and that's not a good fantasy combination for pass-catchers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Brandon McManus - PKPosted 4/19/16 10:05am ET
Denver Broncos exclusive rights free-agent PK Brandon McManus signed his tender offer to return to Denver Monday, April 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: McManus' fantasy prospects dim slightly as the Broncos transition from their 2014 Peyton-led high-powered offense to their current defense-and-ground-game iteration. There's still the Mile High altitude boost for longer field goals, though, and a defensive force like the Broncos won't be afraid to settle for three so there's still much to like here.
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