THE AILS OF THE BRONCOS: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE

The Broncos have had their work pretty much cut out and the silver lining lies in the fact that they already know what their issues are, fixing them could just be enough to make them taste the playoffs again.

The Denver Broncos missed the playoffs for the first time in 8 years and will start the new season without Gary Kubiak, They’ll have Vance Joseph instead and he’ll have a full season to bring his style in.

The team does need some reinforcements and they’ve kicked the ball rolling with veteran tackler Jared Veldheer. The draft is not really bubbling with super talent and free agency is going to be a cold and calculated deal with teams not wanting to throw big contracts at veterans. Denver is, however, trying to build on their big defense and they’ve bet on Case Keenum by giving him a new contract and coach Joseph himself declared there’ll be no competition for Keenum at quarterback. That in itself speaks volumes about the confidence the Broncos have in Keenum and in their second year quarterback Chad Kelly.

Veldheer comes in to add more weight to an offensive line that allowed a disturbing 52 sacks last season, making them third overall in the NFL and one of only six teams to allow that many, leading to Trevor Siemian going for another post-season surgery. The Broncos will have to protect their quarterback at all costs if they want to stand any sort of chance this year and the 5th pick at the draft could be the key to getting that protection. The Broncos have a free agency pool full of veteran talent and 9 draft picks to go (traded 6th pick for Veldheer). Matt Paradis and Garett Bolles are pretty much guaranteed starting spots this season, with Ron Leary a possible choice for any of the guard positions, a spot where the Broncos may likely make their move during the draft given all that the draft has to offer at that position, with Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson looking the real deal and the most viable course of action for the Broncos.

The Broncos will also have to fix an ailing Wide Receiver position that just couldn’t get anything going last season; A dysfunctional offense wasn’t helped by the fact that nothing was getting to the receivers, defenses weren’t even giving them a thought, between Henderson who missed all of 2017 and then got into legal trouble in the off-season, Isaiah McKenzie who had only 4 receptions all seasons and struggled to make a place for himself and Jordan Taylor, there isn’t much to work with. Keenum will be a big boost to Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, with his accuracy, but he’ll need protection.

Denver know exactly what needs to be done, but the problem lies between a shallow draft class and a limited free agency pool which would both test the decision making of the Broncos and put their success or failure solely in their hands.