Some new faces, but same standard for secondary

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.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

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.

Supply: www.overthecap.com for wage info.


Denver Broncos defensive backs

No.ParticipantPos.AgeYrHt./Wt.SchoolThreeTrey MarshallS22R6-Zero/207Florida State2017 workforce: Florida StateSigned by way of 2020Cap quantity: $481,666Undrafted free agent began 24 of 38 school video games (135 tackles and 6 cross break-ups).
20Jamal CarterS242nd6-1/215Miami2017 group: BroncosSigned by way of 2019Cap quantity: $558,333Made ’17 staff after not being drafted. Eight tackles in 16 video games.
21Su’a CravensS23third6-1/224USC2017 workforce: NoneSigned by means of 2020Cap quantity: $651,408Second-round decide by Redskins in ’16, didn’t play in ’17. Might be dime package deal security.
22Tremaine BrockCB29ninth6-Zero/188Belhaven2017 staff: MinnesotaSigned via 2018Cap quantity: $Three,000,000Prime favourite to be third cornerback. Has began 40 of 91 video games (11 INT and 168 tackles).
25Chris Harris Jr.CB29eighth5-10/199Kansas2017 staff: BroncosSigned by means of 2019Cap quantity: $10,366,666Workforce’s greatest cornerback has missed solely one among potential 112 video games. At the least two INT in six straight years.
26Darian StewartS29ninth5-11/214South Carolina2017 workforce: BroncosSigned by means of 2020Cap quantity: $5,900,000Seven INT and 190 tackles in three years with Broncos. Will begin at free security.
27Brendan LangleyCB232nd6-Zero/199Lamar2017 workforce: BroncosSigned via 2020Cap quantity: $754,572Third-round decide who performed 11 video games as rookie in ’17. May Isaac Yiadom problem him for No. four CB?
28C.J. SmithCB25third5-11/188North Dakota State2017 workforce: ClevelandSigned via 2018Cap quantity: $630,00013 profession video games for Philadelphia/Cleveland. Acquired by way of waivers from Browns in mid-April.
29Bradley RobyCB26fifth5-11/194Ohio State2017 workforce: BroncosSigned by means of 2018Cap quantity: $eight,526,000Big alternative — enters contract yr as No. 2 cornerback. Six INT in 64 video games (14 begins).
30Jordan MooreS241st6-Three/225Texas-San Antonio2017 staff: BroncosSigned via 2018Cap quantity: $480,000Joined Broncos’ follow squad final December. Performed at LSU, TCU and Texas-San Antonio.
31Justin SimmonsS24third6-2/202Boston School2017 workforce: BroncosSigned by means of 2019Cap quantity: $805,355Huge bounce anticipated in second yr as beginning robust security. Had 63 tackles/2 INT in ’17.
34Will ParksS23third6-1/194Arizona2017 group: BroncosSigned via 2019Cap quantity: $655,089Made 47 tackles on protection final yr and in addition has 9 profession particular groups tackles.
35Dymonte ThomasS242nd6-2/199Michigan2017 staff: BroncosSigned by way of 2018Cap quantity: $555,000Performed remaining three video games final yr (seven tackles). Began 21 video games in school (128 tackles).
38Marcus RiosCB232nd5-11/185UCLA2017 group: BroncosSigned via 2018Cap quantity: $555,000Promoted from apply squad for last month of ’17. Began 14 of 49 video games in school.
39Michael HunterCB25third6-Zero/192Oklahoma State2017 workforce: BroncosSigned via 2018Cap quantity: $630,000Performed 4 video games for Giants earlier than becoming a member of Broncos and being inactive for two video games.
41Isaac YiadomCB22R6-1/190Boston School2017 workforce: Boston SchoolSigned via 2021Cap quantity: $670,379Third-round decide will get probability to win No. four cornerback spot. Had two INT in 48 school video games.

Supply: overthecap.com for wage info.

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