Preseason games are finally here for all teams in the NFL. For the Denver Broncos, they will host the Minnesota Vikings in the first of two games on Saturday to wrap-up the first week of action. There will be plenty to watch for as players compete to earn one of the 53-roster spots on the team for Week 1.
Coach Vance Joseph gave some insight to this after Thursday’s practice by highlighting playing time for each unit. He stated that the starters would play a few series, followed by the second team into the third quarter. The third team will wrap things up for the remainder of the game.
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Broncos fans will only get a brief glimpse of how well the revamped offense headed by quarterback Case Keenum. Keenum will be able to focus in on meshing with the rest of the offense and rid of some of those offseason cobwebs. But the fans should focus on the second team. Plenty of these players are not only fighting to keep a job but are also trying to work their way into the mix of possibly dethroning someone on the first team.
Guys like Courtland Sutton, Royce Freeman, Jake Butt and a great handful of defensive players will make the best of their opportunity. But a number of things could happen to derail their chances in time spend on the field.
Many of these battles during the greater portion of the game have quite the intrigue, however, one of the position holds greater stock than the others. This is how much time quarterbacks Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly receive.
Lynch could be the one in the tougher position as he starts his third season with Denver which has not quite panned out, to say the least. Depending on if he plays much with the second team or not will speak volumes on how the organization feels about him going forward.
For Kelly, he’s coming off a full year of rest and has the capabilities to become a good quarterback. He does lack some experience, although he does have a solid arm and has the potential to make great reads on defenses.
So keep your eyes open Broncos fans as Denver takes on the Vikings at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Saturday at 6 PM MST.