2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Denver Broncos
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
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Outlook

The Broncos probably have the best talent in all of football. They went all in on both sides of the ball this offseason to try to win Peyton Manning another championship. Denver is the favorite to win it all in our view. Their offense is nearly unstoppable and the defense gets overlooked at time but is very good. The pass defense should be improved and the pass rush causes all sorts of havoc. The Broncos are the odds on favorite to win the Super Bowl to open the season.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Montee Ball opens his second season as the starter for the best offensive in football. Needless to say, his potential is huge for the coming season. Ball probably won't lead the league in rushing but has huge touchdown potential in this offense. He'll also get his yards as the Broncos will keep defenses hones with the run. Ball will be a legit No. 1 back this season, posting consistent numbers for fantasy teams.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Emmanuel Sanders likely is the No. 3 receiver for the Broncos his first season with the team. He moves to a pass-first offense, giving him good potential for the coming season. We aren't so sure he'll be a huge factor for the team, though. He'll have some big games but expect him to be up and down as Peyton Manning will look at the receivers he is most familiar with first. And rookie Cody Latimer is a big-time talent that should push Sanders for playing time once he gets up to speed in the offense.

Team Notes

Apr 15, 02:43 PM Denver Broncos OT Ryan Clady said his injured foot took longer to heal than originally expected but is now 100% healed.
Apr 13, 08:02 PM 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.

Fantasy Impact: Latimer has a chance for a breakout season but would have looked a lot better in last year's offense. The Broncos aren't going to throw the ball as much this year, which will limit Latimer a little.
Apr 13, 02:32 PM 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.
Apr 11, 01:02 PM Free-agent TE James Casey (Eagles) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos Saturday, April 11. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Casey should help more as a blocker than anything.
Apr 08, 07:43 PM Free-agent WR Wes Welker (Broncos) left his visit with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, April 8, without a deal.
Apr 08, 09:43 AM Free-agent WR Wes Welker (Broncos) is visiting with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, April 8.
Apr 07, 09:23 PM 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.
Apr 06, 05:52 PM 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.'
Apr 02, 02:52 PM Free-agent DE Antonio Smith (Raiders) signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos Thursday, April 2, worth $2 million.
Apr 02, 01:52 PM 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.
Apr 02, 01:42 PM 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.
Apr 02, 10:32 AM Free-agent C Will Montgomery (Broncos) will sign with the Chicago Bears.
Apr 01, 04:13 PM Baltimore Ravens C Gino Gradkowski was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2016 fourth-round draft pick. The Broncos also received a 2016 fifth-round draft pick, according to a source.
Mar 31, 07:13 PM Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle, Achilles') took 'about a month' to recover from an ankle/Achilles' injury that he suffered last December. Thomas said his ankle will be fine this offseason. 'Ankle will be fine, I could go out and run routes right now if I had to,' Thomas said. 'But I don't want to have any pain, I'm pretty sure I'll be good in another month or so, with the Achilles', I'll be fine, I'll be great.'
Mar 31, 04:13 PM Oakland Raiders DE Antonio Smith will be released, according to a source informed on the move. The Raiders will save $3.2 million with the move.
Mar 30, 02:12 PM 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.

Fantasy Impact: You'll want to keep an eye on this one. Thomas could holdout if he wants a new contract.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
T.J. Ward, S; Aqib Talib, CB; DeMarcus Ware, LB; Emmanuel Sanders, WR. 

Losses:
Zane Beadles, G; Knowshon Moreno, RB; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB; Robert Ayers, DE; Eric Decker, WR; Champ Bailey, CB; Shaun Phillips, DE; Wesley Woodyard, LB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  31 Bradley RobyDB
 # 2  24 Cody LatimerWR
 # 3  31 Michael SchofieldOL
 # 5  16 Lamin BarrowLB
 # 6  3 Jon HalapioOL
 # 6  31 Matthew ParadisOL
 # 7  27 Corey NelsonLB
 Undrafted Todd DavisLB
 Undrafted Kenny AnunikeDL
 Undrafted Juwan ThompsonRB
 Undrafted Kapri BibbsRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 8:30PM     Indianapolis
2     Sep 20 4:25PM     Kansas City
3     Sep 27 4:25PM     at Seattle
-- Week 4 Bye --
5     Oct 11 4:05PM     Arizona
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     at New York Jets
7     Oct 25 8:30PM     San Francisco
8     Oct 29 8:25PM     San Diego
9     Nov 8 4:25PM     at New England
10     Nov 15 4:05PM     at Oakland
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     at St Louis
12     Nov 29 4:25PM     Miami
13     Dec 6 8:30PM     at Kansas City
14     Dec 13 4:05PM     Buffalo
15     Dec 20 4:05PM     at San Diego
16     Dec 28 8:30PM     at Cincinnati
17     Jan 3 4:25PM     Oakland
-- Week 18 Bye --
19     Jan 17 4:40PM     Indianapolis
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