NFL Power Rankings: Steelers rise and Texans fall flat in July
By Will Lomas
21. Denver Broncos (finished 19)
What I said at the end of last season:
"I don’t know if Drew Lock is the answer in Denver, but he definitely did enough to prove that he deserved a legit shot next season. Surrounding him on offense you have Philip Lindsay, Royce Freeman, Courtland Sutton, and Noah Fant which should absolutely be enough to succeed if the below-average offensive line play doesn’t get in the way. Defensively, I shouldn’t need to point out the stars on this team but if the Broncos can find a way to keep Chris Harris and keep that core of he, Justin Simmons, Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and A.J. Johnson together then they should be very good in a tough division next year."
The Broncos invested heavily in offense during the offseason and that is something that I absolutely believe in. However, the Broncos almost have a similar situation to what the Browns had a year ago where they just have so many mouths to feed now.
With a head coach who is pretty conservative, you have to imagine that teams will see a steady diet of Phillip and Melvin Gordon, but if they get 2019 Gordon then they are just shooting themselves in the foot.
If they focus on featuring the vertical WRs (and TE) then they are going to have to pray that the offensive tackles can sustain their blocks this year.
Defensively, the Broncos swapped Chris Harris for A.J. Bouye and they should be a pretty good unit, but I think they will struggle at defensive tackle this season.