NFL training camps are winding down and the preseason is in full force. So what do we expect from the Denver Broncos in 2017?

It’s safe to say we’re not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming NFL season. Since March, we have strung together four different series in preparation for the fall. We have looked at all 32 teams’ most improved area. That was preceded by pieces on a club’s best offseason addition, some facts, figures and feats for each squad, as well as an up-and-coming player for each roster.

So call this one for the thumb. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we’ll take a look at what we could expect from each team. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. However, 31 teams will obviously be disappointed. So we have been taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis. You can play catch up right here. So what are we really expecting from the Denver Broncos in 2017?

After winning five consecutive AFC West title and making two Super Bowl appearances in three seasons, the Denver Broncos landed with a thud this past season. A 4-0 start was followed by seven losses in their final 12 games. And the defending NFL champions failed to reach the playoffs.

While the play of the quarterbacks took the blame, the real culprits were both the offensive and defensive lines. And John Elway did his best to fix both of them this offseason. The latter was aided by the free-agent additions of Domata Peko and Zach Kerr. The team also used a second-round pick on end DeMarcus Walker.

On the other side of the ball, there’s a new right side in guard Ronald Leary and tackle Menelik Watson. But the latter struggled mightily in the team’s first preseason game this summer at Chicago. Elway used the 20th overall pick in April’s draft on University of Utah tackle Garett Bolles.

Also on offense, the Broncos added a pair of free-agent running backs in Jamaal Charles and Stevan Ridley to enhance a ground game that already includes C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker.


We do know that the back end of the Denver Broncos’ defense remains fearsome. It’s safe to say outside linebacker Von Miller is now the soul of this leader. And if Peko and company can help the front seven playing better, this could be the best unit in the league once again. But new head coach Vance Joseph still hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback this offseason. It’s been a duel between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch and the final verdict isn’t in quite yet.

The good news is that Mike McCoy is back at offensive coordinator. The bad news is that the offensive line may take a little time to gel. The Denver Broncos are more than capable of recapturing the AFC West. But they’ve lost their edge within the division. And while this team figures to flirt with a 10-win season, it may not be enough to make a trip back to the playoffs after a one-year absence.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for and the founder of Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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Russell S. Baxter
EndZoneScore (NFL) Lead Columnist

A freelance NFL writer, editor, researcher and analyst for more than 30 years with a background in both television (ESPN)--contributing to shows that won 5 Emmy Awards--as well as radio (both live and voice-over), Baxter is the founder of He also writes for NFL Spin Zone, FanSided, Pro Football Spot, Blasting News and The Sports Post. He has written for Bleacher Report, Cold Hard Football Facts, Pro Player Insiders, The Football Girl,, NFL Female and more. Baxter has been a steady guest on Yahoo! Sports Radio, NBC Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio, FOX Sports Radio and also appear on a weekly basis during the NFL season on Patriots Playbook on Radio. Baxter can be heard on numerous other stations and podcasts across the country and all over the world. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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