Final yr, the Broncos’ secondary needed to transfer on with out robust security T.J. Ward, who was launched after the preseason.
This yr, the secondary will transfer on with out cornerback Aqib Talib, who was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in March.
But don’t inform the Broncos that expectations getting into coaching camp this week have modified.
“The standard and the mind-set stays the same,” stated Justin Simmons, who changed Ward and made 63 tackles.
Stated defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson: “The key thing is, we’ve got a lot of guys who know how it should be done, and that’s how we’re going to do it.”
The Broncos have been fourth in move protection final yr and return Simmons, free security Darian Stewart and cornerback Chris Harris to the beginning lineup. Bradley Roby strikes up from one spot on the depth chart to exchange Talib.
Veteran Tramaine Brock is the main contender to be the third cornerback, rookie Isaac Yiadom is predicted to compete with Brendan Langley for the fourth spot and Su’a Cravens — acquired in a commerce with Washington — is envisioned because the dime security.
The Broncos will deliver a whopping 16 defensive backs to camp, and an informed guess is that they hold 9.
Harris helped set up the standard and mind-set Simmons refers to. Harris enters his seventh yr as a starter and has 15 interceptions throughout that span. Along with masking the slot receiver in subpackage conditions, Harris expects to blitz extra this yr.
“Obviously he’s a great player and he played really well for us last year,” coach Vance Joseph stated. “To be a great slot player, you have to be a smart player.”
Roby performed 68.2 % of the snaps final yr, so his promotion to starter standing won’t be a big adjustment. He’s a free agent after the season, and if he proves to be an every-down performer, he may have an lively market. But he should make extra performs (solely three interceptions in 64 video games).
“He’s definitely ready,” Robertson stated. “Roby can be good as he wants to be. It’s that simple.”
Brock has 40 begins of expertise for San Francisco (seven years) and Minnesota (one yr) and 11 interceptions.
“A savvy player who has a lot of games under his belt, and we’re excited to have him,” Robertson stated.
Langley (final yr) and Yiadom (this yr) are third-round picks. Theoretically, they might ultimately be a second cornerback if Roby departs in free company or the third cornerback in the event that they move Brock on the depth chart.
Langley performed 108 snaps final yr and Yiadom had solely three interceptions in 48 school video games.
Stewart, who turns 30 on Aug. four, is the senior man among the many starters after Talib’s departure. He has 190 tackles in 47 video games over three years for the Broncos.
“He’s a consummate professional who comes to work every day, works hard, makes all of the checks in the back end, is dependable and you can count on him every single day,” Robertson stated.
Simmons broke out final yr, making 63 tackles because the alternative for Ward. However the vibe across the Broncos is that he’ll take one other big step ahead.
“I think he’s a guy that has the ability to be a ball-hawk type of guy in the back end,” Robertson stated.
Among the many nonstarters, Cravens would be the most fascinating to observe in camp. He was a second-round decide by the Redskins in 2016 and had 33 tackles in 11 video games. But he didn’t play final yr after leaving camp in September and affected by postconcussion signs. At 6-foot-1 and 224 kilos, he could possibly be on the sector in a six-defensive again personnel and play near the road of scrimmage.
“He’s a prototypical dime package player for us,” Robertson stated. “He’s just a very instinctive, smart football player.”
Cravens’ arrival might imply that Will Parks and Jamal Carter, each of whom performed in each recreation final yr, will compete for one spot.
Monday: Tight ends.
No. Participant Pos. Age Yr Ht./Wt. School 2017 staff Signed by way of Cap quantity
Three Trey Marshall S 22 R 6-Zero/207 Florida State Florida State 2020 $481,666
Undrafted free agent began 24 of 38 school video games (135 tackles and 6 cross break-ups).
20 Jamal Carter S 24 2nd 6-1/215 Miami Broncos 2019 $558,333
Made ’17 workforce after not being drafted. Eight tackles in 16 video games.
21 Su’a Cravens S 23 third 6-1/224 USC None 2020 $651,408
Second-round decide by Redskins in ’16, didn’t play in ’17. Might be dime package deal security.
22 Tramaine Brock CB 29 ninth 6-Zero/188 Belhaven Minnesota 2018 $Three,000,000
Prime favourite to be third cornerback. Has began 40 of 91 video games (11 INT and 168 tackles).
25 Chris Harris CB 29 eighth 5-10/199 Kansas Broncos 2019 $10,366,666
Group’s greatest cornerback has missed solely considered one of potential 112 video games. A minimum of two INT in six straight years.
26 Darian Stewart S 29 ninth 5-11/214 South Carolina Broncos 2020 $5,900,000
Seven INT and 190 tackles in three years with Broncos. Will begin at free security.
27 Brendan Langley CB 23 2nd 6-Zero/199 Lamar Broncos 2020 $754,572
Third-round decide who performed 11 video games as rookie in ’17. May Isaac Yiadom problem him for No. four CB?
28 C.J. Smith CB 25 third 5-11/188 North Dakota State Cleveland 2018 $630,000
13 profession video games for Philadelphia/Cleveland. Acquired by way of waivers from Browns in mid-April.
29 Bradley Roby CB 26 fifth 5-11/194 Ohio State Broncos 2018 $eight,526,000
Big alternative – enters contract yr as No. 2 cornerback. Six INT in 64 video games (14 begins).
30 Jordan Moore S 24 1st 6-Three/225 Texas-San Antonio Broncos 2018 $480,000
Joined Broncos’ apply squad final December. Performed at LSU, TCU and Texas-San Antonio.
31 Justin Simmons S 24 third 6-2/202 Boston School Broncos 2019 $805,355
Huge leap anticipated in second yr as beginning robust security. Had 63 tackles/2 INT in ’17.
34 Will Parks S 23 third 6-1/194 Arizona Broncos 2019 $655,089
Made 47 tackles on protection final yr and in addition has 9 profession particular groups tackles.
35 Dymonte Thomas S 24 2nd 6-2/199 Michigan Broncos 2018 $555,000
Performed last three video games final yr (seven tackles). Began 21 video games in school (128 tackles).
38 Marcus Rios CB 23 2nd 5-11/185 UCLA Broncos 2018 $555,000
Promoted from follow squad for last month of ’17. Began 14 of 49 video games in school.
39 Michael Hunter CB 25 third 6-Zero/192 Oklahoma State Broncos 2018 $630,000
Performed 4 video games for Giants earlier than becoming a member of Broncos and being inactive for two video games.
41 Isaac Yiadom CB 22 R 6-1/190 Boston School Boston School 2021 $670,379
Third-round decide will get probability to win No. four cornerback spot. Had two INT in 48 school video games.
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Denver Broncos defensive backs
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