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Broncos Camp: Young Stars ready for huge year

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  • Dre'Mont Jones
  • Drew Lock
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  • Training Camp
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Broncos Training Camp Recap: Week Two

The Denver Broncos have finished their second week of training camp at Dove Valley. With the youngest offense in the NFL, many questioned the Broncos chances of competing in the AFC. The rookies and second year players have silenced the critics: the Broncos have plenty of young stars ready for a huge year.

Second Year Stars

Leading the way, literally and metaphorically, is quarterback Drew Lock. According to Lock, his goal in his first year was to gain the respect of the locker room. Lock looks confident in the huddle, as well as on the sidelines. He carries himself as the unquestioned leader of the Broncos young offense, and looks ready to lead the young group.

Blocking for Drew Lock is guard Dalton Risner. Risner was arguably the Broncos’ best offensive lineman in his rookie season and only looks to be improving. Risner has already shown his leadership and maturity in press conferences and interviews.

Completing the trio of top picks from the 2019 NFL Draft, Noah Fant has had a solid training camp. Fant has served as a safety blanket for Lock, as well as being mismatch working the seams. Fant’s frame and speed will be a weapon against teams who try to match him up with a linebacker or safety. Noah Fant looks ready for a huge year under offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Dre’Mont Jones ready for a huge year ?

Perhaps the biggest riser from this years training camp is defensive end Dre’Mont Jones. Jones served as a nice rotational defender in his rookie year, even earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week against the Lions in 2019. On 283 snaps, according to PFF, Jones finished with four sacks and and 23 pressures. However, coach Vic Fangio believes Jones is ready for the next step.

Jones has put himself in position to have a successful year. Jones reportedly added about five pounds of muscle during the offseason. He believes the added weight will help in the run game, where he earned just a 50.9 grade, per PFF. Jones also has a better understanding of the NFL game in year two. With veteran stars like Jurrell Casey and Shelby Harris to learn from, Jones’s knowledge of the game should be much better in year two.

When asked about his comfort level this year, Jones said “…I’ve been super comfortable in the defense, I know what to expect now. Last year… coming from a 4-3 defense, the 3-4 was a huge change, but after a year of it I feel really good.”

Dre’Mont Jones has seen most of his snaps at defensive end with the first team defensive unit. Playing alongside stars like Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Jurrell Casey should give Jones plenty of favorable looks on passing downs. Look for Dre’Mont Jones to have a breakout year two with the Broncos.

Is the battle for starting center coming to a close?

Rookie Lloyd Cushenberry looks to be pulling ahead in the center competition. Cushenberry has seen snaps with the first team offense for the past three training camp sessions, and has mixed in throughout camp with the one’s. Cushenberry looks as advertised: polished, and ready for a huge year.

One of the biggest keys for a center is his relationship with the quarterback. Cushenberry already seems to be forming that chemistry with Drew Lock. Cushenberry looks sharp at center, continuously making checks at the line. One of the best parts of Cushenberry’s game at LSU was his ability to make these checks, something required for the pro-style offense they run at LSU. His ability to make line calls will aid Drew Lock as he enters his first year of starting.

Could the Broncos lead the NFL in sacks this season?

They could, and they should be in the running for the sack leaders this season. In 2018, Von Miller and Bradley Chubb combined for 26.5 sacks, with no interior threat. Now in his third year, Chubb has a better understanding of the NFL, and how to win against tackles he will face. With Von Miller on the opposite side of him, Bradley Chubb is ready for a huge year.

Unlike 2018, the Broncos have a legitimate pass rush threat from the interior. Star interior lineman Jurrell Casey is a force, with 23 sacks over the past four years in Tennessee. He will be an immediate upgrade over what the Broncos have had since Malik Jackson departed in 2016.

Alongside Casey, Shelby Harris was brought back on a one year contract. Harris had a career year last season with six sacks, and provides a solid pass rushing threat alongside Casey. Dre’Mont Jones is also primed for a huge year with all the help around him.

Behind the starters, the Broncos have incredible depth. At outside linebacker, Malik Reed has been explosive so far in training camp. Reed has beaten every tackle the Broncos have put against him, and will be an excellent rotational player coming off the bench. Jeremiah Attaouchu also found a role as a situational pass-rusher last season.

The Broncos’ secondary also looks to be taking shape. With the two starting corners set, the competition for third corner will push the best man to win the job. As the secondary unit looks sharp in camp, the Broncos pass rush unit will have more time to get to the quarterback, and has the potential to lead the NFL in sacks this year.

Final Thoughts

Through two weeks of Broncos Training Camp, the team looks competitive, and hungry. The second year stars are looking to fill a leadership void that has been vacant for the past four seasons. Drew Lock has command of the offense, and looks to push the team to its potential. The defense has looked feisty, creating turnovers and disrupting plays constantly. These Broncos are well on their way to a great season, and should be ready for a huge year.


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