With training camp less than two weeks away, Denver Broncos fans will finally get a glimpse at the state of the team heading into 2018. Denver made some key moves via the draft and free agency which could ultimately have a tremendous long-term impact.

John Elway was able to lure in Case Keenum, who is coming off a deep playoff run with the Minnesota Vikings. The Broncos also had a surprising, calculated, and rewarding draft. The organization was surprised to see that Bradley Chubb was still on the board when it was their turn with the 5th overall pick. Plus, they were able to load up on talent in areas that needed depth throughout the draft.

Going into camp, Denver still has a few areas and personnel to decide on. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. A heated battle for backup quarterback

Keenum was brought in to be the starting quarterback, so this means that the backup spot is anyone’s for the taking. Former first-round pick Paxton Lynch is entering his third season, however, an injury ended his season in 2017. Last season’s Mr. Irrelevant, Chad Kelly, didn’t see the field as he was recovering from injury for the whole season.

Lynch has had some difficulty adjusting to the NFL and has battled through injury in games. The team’s brass has said they have confidence in him, although his fate with the team could be decided by season’s end.

So this could be a battle that is more in favor of Kelly. Kelly can cement his place in Denver and become a viable option in the post-Keenum era as a potential long-term backup or starter one day.

  1. Who wins the battle for the 3rd and 4th receivers

With Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders leading the way, the offense needs some solid options with their 3rd and 4th spots at receiver. Denver has been lacking reliable depth within their receiving ranks the past few seasons.

Jordan Taylor and Isaiah McKenzie saw some playing time last season but were ultimately ineffective in most cases. Carlos Henderson, on the other hand, missed a great chunk of the season and has yet to get a full audition.

Finally, the Broncos selected Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton from this year’s draft. Both players are big, strong receivers that could possibly make an immediate difference as the 3rd or 4th receivers in the offense.

  1. Can Booker win the starting job?

Devontae Booker has a chance to take over as the team’s featured running back after Denver let C.J. Anderson go. But this won’t be easy since Denver stacked up with young backs during the offseason.

Booker will have to compete with Royce Freeman, De’Angelo Henderson, and Phillip Lindsay. Freeman and Lindsay were drafted earlier this year while Henderson was drafted last season.

Henderson may have a chance as a solid 3rd back and special teams, however, expect Freeman and Lindsay to dazzle in training camp. Both backs are strong and have shown consistent running throughout their respective collegiate careers. It’s possible that one of these guys will give Booker more than he bargained for.

  1. Chubb’s development

With the addition of DeMarcus Ware as an edge-rushing specialist coach, Bradley Chubb is in line to develop quicker. Chubb and linebacker Von Miller will grip fan’s attention during open practice with their rush attack.

The duo will develop into an almost unstoppable force pending any setbacks. In turn, this will have a positive effect on the team with the defense’s new found ability to add more pressure, and the opposing offense working harder to anticipate the defensive scheme.

So dust of your cooler and foam finger. The Broncos will begin training camp on July 28th.

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I’m a Denver, Colorado native that loves almost all sports. I have a beautiful daughter that means the world to me and she also loves to watch sports. Sometimes I can be very opinionated when debating or discussing sports, but if you love a team you will definitely debate it out to the fullest. I like to be adventurous and experience the outdoors, play sports with friends, golf when I have the time and experience new foods and activities. I also want to visit other ballparks and stadiums to support Colorado teams and experience the culture at those venues. So feel free to debate or discuss sports with me anytime even if we don’t agree.
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Team Manager for Armchair Broncos , The ArmChair All-Americans, LLC
I’m a Denver, Colorado native that loves almost all sports. I have a beautiful daughter that means the world to me and she also loves to watch sports. Sometimes I can be very opinionated when debating or discussing sports, but if you love a team you will definitely debate it out to the fullest. I like to be adventurous and experience the outdoors, play sports with friends, golf when I have the time and experience new foods and activities. I also want to visit other ballparks and stadiums to support Colorado teams and experience the culture at those venues. So feel free to debate or discuss sports with me anytime even if we don’t agree.

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