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Five Teams To Watch This Offseason, Part Two of Five: Denver Broncos

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The Denver Broncos finished with a record of 5-11 in 2017, finishing last in their division, with the new league year set to start in March, Denver, per www.overthecap.com will have $26.8 million in cap space.  Denver currently holds the 5th overall pick in the 2018 draft, they could use it to pick a quarterback.  During the 2017 NFL season, they started three different quarterbacks, Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch, they combined for 19 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.  None of Denver’s quarterbacks had more touchdowns than interceptions, Brock was the only quarterback to have an even amount of touchdowns and interceptions (5 apiece).

Kirk Cousins is set to hit the free agent market, unless Washington was to use the franchise tag on him a third straight year, and Von Miller said that Kirk Cousins could take Denver over the edge, Miller could play a big role in getting him to play in Denver.

Staying on the offensive side of the football, Denver’s quarterbacks were sacked 52 times in 2017, which is a reasonable explanation for some of their quarterbacks woes.  Denver will have to a better job of protecting their quarterback moving forward, whomever that will be.  The passing attack was not they only offensive issue for the Broncos in 2017, they ranked 25th in rushing touchdowns (8) and 18th in yards per carry (4.1).   Again that can be an issue due to poor offensive line play.

Running Back C.J. Anderson also scored just 3 rushing touchdowns in 2017, and his yards per carry has declined from 4.7 in 2014 and 2015, to 4.0 in 2016 and 4.1 last season.  Denver could be ready to move on from Anderson, per ESPN’s Jeff Lefwold, which would free up some cap space.

On the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Aqib Talib could be released, meaning that if Denver manages to sign Kirk Cousins or another quarterback in free agency that they feel can start, Denver could take a cornerback with the 5th pick.

Denver’s first round pick selection could very well rest in the hands of their front office’s ability to sign Kirk Cousins, if they do, they could pick a defensive player, an offensive lineman, or perhaps trade back to acquire more picks.

One trade partner could be the Buffalo Bills, who, per Benjamin Allbright, of 104.7 FM in Denver, stated that the Bills are looking for a trade partner in the top 10 of the upcoming draft.  Buffalo currently holds back to back picks in the first round (21st and 22nd).

Keep an eye on Denver as they look to get back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 season, where Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset with a Super Bowl victory to end his career.

CAP SPACE INFORMATION IS FROM WWW.OVERTHECAP.COM

STATISTICS ARE FROM WWW.PRO-FOOTBALL-REFERENCE.COM

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Broncos Hire Ed Donatell As Defensive Coordinator

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The Denver Broncos will hire former Chicago Bears defensive back ED Donatell to be there defensive coordinator. The Move reunites Donatell with Vic Fangio, the head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Donatell coach under Fangio led defense s from 2011 through 2018 as defensive back coach. So the two are definitely know each other well. Donatell has been a defensive coordinator in the league before running, the Packers defense from 2000-2003 and in the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2006.

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Browns Targeting Chuck Pagano for Defensive Coordinator

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With Freddie Kitchens officially at the helm as head coach, the Cleveland Browns are now focusing on his building his staff.

According to the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers, the Browns are interested in former Indianapolis Colts head coach Check Pagano for their defensive coordinator job.

Pagano had interviewed for head coaching vacancies this offseason, and is drawing interest as a defensive coordinator for the New York Jets.

The report goes on to say that Kitchens is really interested in adding Pagano to his staff.

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Texans’ Demaryius Thomas Wants To Continue Playing Career

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Houston Texans veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who they acquired via trade from the Denver Broncos mid-season, plans to continue his playing career, and would like to stay in Houston.

“My main priority right now is getting back healthy. I can still play, man. I’m not thinking about retirement. I just don’t know where it will be,” Thomas said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

“I told them I would love to finish my career here, but we’ll see…This is what we have to deal with as players and guys in the locker room. I hope my appearance and being around the guys and talking to a couple of guys helped. I don’t want to say I helped that much play-wise, but leadership-wise, I think I helped.”

Thomas played in 7 games for the Texans following the trade, and caught 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

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