The Broncos finally look like a team that’s ready to end their long playoff drought. The first-year GM George Paton managed to bring a relatively new approach to things while instilling some of the things that made the Bronco’s such a fierce team in the past. He spent nearly two decades working in scouting and personnel that prepared him for this role and challenge.
Paton managed to change the entire defense from its secondary to the front. Likewise, he also focused on beefing up the running backs after taking over from John Elway in the early part of the year.
One of the first moves Paton made was acquiring the everso steady Teddy Bridgewater from the Panthers for just a 6th rounder. Also, he managed to draft Javonte Williams in the second round, whom many pundits consider a steal at that draft spot.
Along with these moves, he managed to draft one of the most respected corners in the draft in Patrick Surtain II with a top 10 pick. He did this merely weeks after inking both Kyle Fuller and Ronald Darby to sign contracts during the free agency period.
Throughout camp, the rookie class managed to shine. Likewise, Teddy Bridgewater looked like the best QB on the roster by beating out Drew Lock. Because of this, he will be officially the 11th QB since Manning retired. Unfortunately, no other team has had that many different passers in the last six years.
Teddy Bridgewater is taking over a team that is oozing with young talent on offense.
The Broncos have a lot of options, and they are looking to pave the way by running with veteran Melvin Gordon II and newcomer Williams to open up the passing game for Teddy. The Bronco’s wide receiver depth is incredible, with youngsters around every corner. They have 1st round pick Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, and even K.J Hamler. They also have promising tight end Noah Fant.
During the offseason, Paton went to work re-signing safeties Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson. Likewise, he managed to draft Jamar Johnson and Caden Sterns.
For the defense, he focused on drafting teammates at Ohio State that include Baron Browning and Jonathon Cooper.
For star Von Miller, Paton exercised the final year of his contract. He will be returning for his 11th season after missing the entirety of last year with a dislodged ankle tendon. Because of this, he will be lining up with fellow Pro Bowler Bradley Chubb once again. The last time they played together was in 2019. Throughout the games they’ve managed to play together, they’ve managed to combine for a whopping 29.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries, seven forced fumbles, and a pick.
Von Miller finally has a roster that has both star talent, both starting and good depth on the bench. Something he hasn’t had since he led the squad to the Superbowl in 2015.
This could be the year the Broncos can help to end the most lengthy playoff drought by a team that previously won the super bowl.
There was a lot of criticism about Jeudy because he continued to drop passes during his rookie year. Expected to be one of the best receivers in the country, Jeudy’s rookie season fell short of expectations. While he did catch 52 passes for a total of 856 yards, it wasn’t nearly what most had envisioned. Jeudy has been touted as the best route-runner to come out of college in a long time and only proved that his hands weren’t nearly as developed.
Jeudy showed renewed focus throughout the entirety of training camp to ensure his troubles catching the ball were over. There is a lot of hype about the upcoming Denver Broncos season as George Paton has done an incredible job tweaking the roster to get better.