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Broncos roster review: cornerback Essang Bassey

Essang Bassey was a key contributor as a rookie. Will the experience help him this year? | Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Can the Broncos 2020 undrafted gem make the 2021 Broncos?

A year after the undrafted rookie from Wake Forest drew comparisons to Chris Harris Jr. in the leadup to the Broncos’ 2020 training camp, Essang Bassey finds himself in a tight competition for a roster spot.

Essang Bassey’s profile

Height: 5’9”
Weight: 191 lbs
Age: 22 years old
Experience: 2


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Jess Place

As training camp lurks off in the distance, 2021 Broncos have unanswered questions

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Questions, besides the most obvious one.

With the summer solstice behind us, the days between now and the eventual start of training camp will start to get mercifully shorter. As hard as it may be to believe, the first NFL training camps will get under way exactly one month from Monday. While the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers convene on July 21 to get a jump on the Hall of Fame game, the Broncos open camp on just six days later on July 27th.


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Ian St. Clair

Promising Broncos secondary could help unleash the beast in Von Miller

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While the Broncos offense works to get its identity figured out, the defense is set up to have a special season.

Good morning, and happy Father’s Day, Broncos Country!

As we sit here, there’s reason to feel excitement about the Denver Broncos.

In a time when it’s occasionally hard to find ways to feel that way, you take what you can get. But the Broncos secondary seems like it’s for real. As does recent...

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The Broncos defense under Fangio could be the best in football.

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On this week’s Cover 2 Broncos, Coach Vass and I took a deep dive into the Fangio defense.

On this week’s episode of Cover2Broncos I had the good fortune to speak with the one and only Coach Vass. Since I started writing for Mile High Report, there are very few people who have taught me more. In case you didn’t know, Vass hosts a couple of podcasts breaking down scheme, runs a Patreon where he shares all sorts of information as well as All-22...

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2021 way-too-early Broncos’ roster prediction

Let there be no doubt, Alexander Johnson will make the final roster. | Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Who makes it to the final 53? Here is my way-too-early Denver Broncos roster projection.

OTAs and the mandatory Minicamp are behind us, which means it’s time to take a very early stab at how the roster battles will shake out on the Broncos. What follows is my first guesses based on what I’ve heard, read, know, and studied so far this offseason....

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Who will be available if the Broncos are back in the QB market in 2022?

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An early look at the potential options.

Broncos Country waits with bated breath for a quarterback to step in as the true heir to Peyton Manning. Barring a trade for Aaron Rodgers or Deshaun Watson, the majority of fanbase waits and prays that Drew Lock can improve enough to emerge as the starting quarterback over Teddy Bridgewater; a man the Carolina Panthers traded away for a 6th round pick.

All told, there’s a pretty good chance George Paton...

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Could the Broncos find a franchise passer in the 2022 QB class?

Is Sam Howell the next Baker Mayfield? | Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

I spoke to Cory Kinnan of With the First Pick to find out.

Throughout the run up to George Paton’s first draft, I’ll admit I felt a sense of pressure for the Broncos to take a quarterback. Beyond my concerns about Drew Lock’s long term outlook was the fact just about every draft analyst I respect mentioned concerns about the 2022 QB class. When you combine that with the fact the 2021 Broncos look unlikely...

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Broncos Roster Review: WR Trinity Benson

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The Lewisville, TX native has signed on for another year as a Bronco, but can he make the 53-man roster?

WR Trinity Benson: Height: 6’0” / Weight: 180 / Age: 24 / College: East Central

The WR originally hailing from East Central University (Ada, OK) was cut by Denver last September but signed a reserve/future contract with the Broncos this January and is going into his third season.

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#12 is at the Broncos facility & IN UNIFORM

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For Denver Broncos quarterback derby, '97, 98% is still to come'

Quarterbacks, rookies, injuries and vaccinations: A breakdown of the Broncos' biggest stories entering the summer quiet period.

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Melvin Gordon ‘can’t wait until training camp’

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RB veteran Melvin Gordon III is excited to be back on the field, and he’s expecting hard work from everyone in the 2021 offseason

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III met with the press to talk about his expectations for the 2021 season and their team, including the running back and quarterback positions.

The running back felt good to be with his teammates again for the offseason. “No matter what you do in training, you can’t simulate being on the...

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Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann

Looking for consistency as QBs will battle for top spot

It’s just minicamp and no decisions are being made this week, but both quarterbacks will need to overcome some natural tendencies to be QB1.

Sometimes Benjamin Allbright’s analogies on Broncos Country Tonight are a bit wacko...and sometimes he nails it.

His recent comparison between Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock to the two main characters in “Tin Cup” was spot on.

Bridgewater is Don Johnson’s character, David Simms - a golfer who will lay up every time to take the safe shot. Lock...

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Broncos' Melvin Gordon 'very confident' he can win running back competition

Gordon and second-round pick Javonte Williams are set to duel at running back. 

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The quarterbacks that ‘broke’ the league

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Progress is passing. Passing is progress.

Almost exactly two-thirds of all offensive yards gained in 2020 were passing yards. This was actually down a bit from a high of 69.1 percent in 2015. Back in 1977 more than half of all offensive yards were rushing yards. Also back in 1977, 5.23 percent of all passes were intercepted. The percentage of throws intercepted in 2020 was the lowest that it has ever been - 2.06 percent.

This means that the league as a...

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Adam Malnati

Drew Lock looks good on first day of Broncos Minicamp

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He was the day 1 winner according to most observers, but does it matter?

The Denver Broncos start of minicamp meant the start (restart) of the QB battle between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater. It may not be what people want to read about, but the topic is unavoidable.

Ian St. Clair and I started the MHR Radio Podcast off with a discussion about the outcome of day 1, a resounding “win” for Lock.

Drew Lock with touchdowns in a red-zone period to Noah Fant,...

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Prepare for Lock vs Bridgewater hype

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The Denver Broncos are in the middle of OTAs and we’re already hearing juicy whispers about the quarterback competition between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater

With no big earth-changing news coming for the Broncos in the form of any high-profile QB being traded for, the bubbling story forming for the team is the quarterback competition.

Letting it fly on Day 1 of minicamp pic.twitter.com/OyiAoAg59F

— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 16, 2021

The rumblings...

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Silva: Fantasy ranking for Broncos’ players highly dependent on who plays QB


If it just happens to be Aaron Rodgers, the value is suddenly elevated, says fantasy guru Evan Silva.

Evan Silva with EstablishTheRun.com joined Broncos Country Tonight Monday to talk Fantasy Football, and surprise, surprise - it makes a big difference if the Broncos have Teddy Bridgewater/Drew Lock or if they somehow manage to get Aaron Rodgers as to how one should value the Broncos’ skill players.

“Every time I look at Courtland Sutton or Jerry Jeudy or Javonte...

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Broncos roster review: safety Mac McCain III

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The Denver Broncos picked up North Carolina A&T cornerback Mac McCain as an undrafted free agent. Can he make the team as a rookie?

The focus on the secondary continued after the 2021 NFL Draft with the Denver Broncos added another cornerback as an undrafted free agent in North Carolina A&T’s Mac McCain.

Mac McCain’s profile

Height: 6’0”
Weight: 175 lbs
Age: 23 years old
Experience: Rookie
College: North Carolina A&T

The Broncos are at least very...

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NFL Draft Pick Signings: 6/15/21

We’ll keep track of today’s late round signings here: Denver Broncos Signed: LB Jonathon Cooper (Ohio State; seventh-round)

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Broncos roster review: tackle Quinn Bailey

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Quinn Bailey enters his 3rd year with the Denver Broncos. He’s got stiff competition if he wants to make the team this year.

Bailey has been a part of the Broncos practice squad for a couple of years now and in both years was able to come in and get promoted to the roster for one game. Will he take a big step in year 3?

#75 Quinn Bailey

Age: 25 Height: 6’6” Weight: 323

College: Arizona State

The Good

The best thing we can say about Bailey is that...

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Denver Broncos rookie Pat Surtain II -- aka PS2 -- earning accolades

Von Miller called Surtain a "speciman" and coach Vic Fangio is already showing an early trust in Denver's versatile first-round pick.

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