With training camp and the preseason rapidly moving in, the Denver Broncos position battles will stand out.
The Broncos had many holes that needed to be filled during the offseason. One of the biggest issues was in left tackle play. This season the organization already has high hopes for that position. They spent a 1st round draft pick for Garett Bolles and have a healthy Ty Sambrailo. The two have shown a lot of progress on the field and the competition is down to them. Whatever the results, Denver believes it has two solid left tackles.
The line will have to perform better for the running backs and quarterbacks. The Broncos made a good move in bringing in Jamaal Charles to spark the running game. But with Charles coming off injuries, the battle will be more between C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. Anderson started last season as the top back, but was injured in late October. Booker took his place, but was disappointing in his efforts. With the addition of Charles, look for these two to play lights out. But don’t be surprised if Charles gets a lot of playing time if fully healthy.
Finally, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch have been the main focus of Denver’s offseason. Siemian was named the starter last season and had a decent year, but looked inexperienced at times. This might have been since he was sacked plenty and was even out for a few games. With him out, Lynch got his chance but showed his flaws and inexperience. Neither QB was able to help guide the Broncos to the playoffs.
This season may be different though. The Broncos were able to secure some good linemen this offseason and also pick up a couple of weapons. This battle will come down to whatever QB can make the plays down the stretch and win games. But this competition is wide open and it may be the final 2 games in preseason for a decision.