Denver Broncos: Offensive Preview – Plenty of opportunity to grow
The offense of the Denver Broncos in 2016 had some issues. Everything was clicking until RB CJ Anderson went down with a knee injury. Then all things fell apart. It did not help that QB Trevor Siemian was playing most of the season with a shoulder injury. New Head Coach, Vance Joseph does have some things to work with. So what is in store for the 2017 Denver Broncos offense?
New Head Coach, Vance Joseph has said that the offense will be a run first offense. This will place some added pressures on an offensive line that was not a strong point last season. Fortunately, the Broncos made some improvements along this week area. They signed RG Ronald Leary as a free agent. He was a part of the Dallas Cowboys tremendous O-line. Then they drafted LT Garett Bolles with their first pick of the 2017 draft. Finally, they recently got word that starting center Matt Paradis will be cleared following surgery. If this unit can stay healthy for 16 games then the Broncos could return to a healthy run game in 2017.
What about the passing attack. 2016 starting QB, Trevor Siemian returns to lead a passing offense that finished 21st in the league. The third year QB was 8-6 as a starter last season. However, making a close push to unseat the young QB is 2016 first round pick QB, Paxton Lynch. Vance Joseph has said that training camp and preseason games could decide the final outcome.
No matter who the QB is on opening day they will have a very suitable wide receiving corps. Demaryius Thomas. Emmanuel Sanders, and Virgil Green all return to help contribute to the air attack.
The Denver Broncos also brought in some added weaponry this offseason. They signed free agent RB Jamaal Charles and drafted TE Jake Butt. Butt is coming off of an ACL injury at the end of the 2016 college season. However, he looks to be making strides for a possible midseason return. If Jamaal Charles can return to some form of his old self, the Broncos got some value in a free agent signing.
Although the Denver Broncos are looking at an uphill battle in 2017 it is not an impossible one. The AFC West is one of the toughest division in football. If the Broncos are going to have a shot they are going to grow up fast under new Head Coach, Vance Joseph. Can they unseat the Oakland Raiders or Kansas City Chiefs? Only 2017 will tell.