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Joe Mahoney

Broncos roster review: Royce Freeman

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Is there room for Royce Freeman in the backfield with Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay?

Royce Freeman got more touches in his second year, but he still was RB2 behind Phillip Lindsay in 2019 just like he was in 2018. Lindsay (224) and Freeman (132) combined for all but one of the carries by a running back for the 2019 Broncos. Andy Janovich had that one carry. If you count Andrew Beck as a FB, then he had one carry as well.

Royce Freeman was a third round...

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Adam Malnati

Broncos roster review: Defensive back Duke Dawson, Jr

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Duke Dawson Jr
Defensive Back #20
Experience: 3 years
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 198 pounds
Age: 24
College: Florida

When the 2019 season began Duke Dawson was on the roster primarily to add depth to the defensive backfield. When the Broncos traded for Dawson the thought was that Bryce Callahan would be the starter, and Isaac Yiadom would get the lion’s share of playing time off the bench.

When Callahan went down for the season, a...

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Broncos’ Justin Simmons to sign tender

Simmons, 27 in November, graded out as the second-best safety in the NFL last year, according to Pro Football Focus. The traditional stats also positioned him as a stud.

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Tim Lynch

Report: Broncos’ safety Justin Simmons accepts his franchise tender

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With the July 15th deadline approaching, Justin Simmons has decided to accept his franchise tender.

There will be no holdout for safety Justin Simmons in 2020. He intends to formally sign his franchise tender with the Denver Broncos this weekend.

Broncos’ safety Justin Simmons officially has accepted his franchise tender and is expected to sign it this weekend, per sources. It’s just a formality now.

Four franchise players now have not signed...

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Sources: Broncos' Simmons OKs franchise tender

Broncos safety Justin Simmons, who was tied for second on the team with 93 tackles and had a team-leading four interceptions last season, has accepted his franchise tender, sources told ESPN.

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Tim Lynch

Jerry Jeudy reacts to release of rookie Madden ratings

Rookies are never given much love in Madden ratings, so Jerry Jeudy wasn’t pleased with how poorly he showed up in some key areas.

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We don’t normally do too many Madden ratings here on Mile High Report, but once I saw the above video between Chad Ochocinco and various rookie wide...

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Joe Mahoney

What should we expect from Noah Fant in 2020?

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Noah Fant had a decent season as a rookie. Using the average improvement from recent rookie to second year TEs let’s see if we can predict what he might do in 2020.

Noah Fant finished his rookie campaign with 40 catches for 562 yards and three touchdowns. Among rookie tight ends since the merger his 40 catches is tied for 31st, his receiving yards are 15th and his touchdowns don’t even put him in the top 50.

There have been 56 rookie TEs in the...

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Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann

Randy Gradishar: a linebacker’s linebacker

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One of the linchpins of the Orange Crush defense, linebacker Randy Gradishar, a monster tackling machine, was the soul of the legendary unit.

Good morning, Broncos Country!

While the 2020 season remains in doubt, it seems a good time to recall a simpler year when the football was less complicated - and the uniforms were much cooler.

On our Something Something Broncos podcast this week, Tim, Jess and I talked about the historic Orange Crush defense,...

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Broncos rookie Jerry Jeudy a summer blockbuster without official workouts

The Broncos' first-round pick has impressed with his quick feet and route running during social media videos and informal workouts with new teammates.

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Just_JoRo

Broncos roster review: Offensive lineman Nico Falah

Can Falah bounce back from a lost 2019? | Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The big unknown has a lot to prove.

Only three members of the Broncos’ offensive line remains from before Mike Munchak was hired to coach the group: Garett Bolles, Elijah Wilkinson, and Nico Falah. The first two are set to compete for a starting job at left tackle as they play out expiring contracts. The latter merely hopes to make the roster after an injury derailed his 2019 before it got...

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Just_JoRo

Will the Broncos extend Justin Simmons?

Simmons is an elite player who has just entered his prime. The Broncos need to lock him up. | Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

COVID-19 complicates things, but Simmons deserves a long-term deal.

Ever since I began studying the Broncos’ film, Justin Simmons has shown flashes of dominance. I started writing for Mile High Report three summers ago, and while his 2017 ended with an injury, he showed moments that led me to writing this:

He was easily the best safety in the secondary...

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Adam Malnati

The Broncos could be really good, or just bad in 2020

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Broncos Country Tonight discusses the best- and worst-case scenarios with George Chahrouri of PFF

It’s not necessarily prediction time, but it’s hard not to look at the Denver Broncos and not try and think about the possibilities in 2020.

On Broncos Country Tonight, PFF’s George Chahrouri joined Ryan and Ben and discussed the best and worst case scenarios for the Broncos and other teams in the upcoming season. PFF’s best and worst case...

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Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann

Atwater remembers Mike Shanahan as an ‘amazing’ coach ‘never satisfied with status quo’

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The Hall-of-Fame safety who played under Shanahan tells Broncos Country Tonight he couldn’t be happier for his former coach’s selection to the Broncos’ Ring of Fame.

When Steve Atwater learned that Mike Shanahan was the Broncos’ newest Ring of Fame inductee, he was “so fired up about that.”

Talking with Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright in his usual Tuesday night interview on Broncos Country Tonight, Atwater couldn’t say enough good things...

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Just_JoRo

Broncos roster review: Edge Bradley Chubb

Is a big year coming for the Broncos’ third year pass rusher? | Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Can he bounce back in 2020?

“He’s there every day with a great attitude and a great work ethic, and I’ll be shocked if he’s not as good as new when you guys see him again.”

It feels like a lifetime ago that Vic Fangio said those words at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. What’s happened between now and then has almost made it too easy to forget the fifth overall pick from the...

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Just_JoRo

GIF Horse: Fact, Fiction, and Noah Fant

Is a breakout coming? | Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

Digging into the narratives around the Broncos’ tight end.

It isn’t difficult to make an argument that Noah Fant was among the Broncos’ most polarizing players in 2019. He was acquired after John Elway traded down from 10th overall, which all but handed Devin Bush to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The first play of his NFL career was a five-yard loss on a TE end around. At points during his rookie campaign the “B” word was...

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Adam Malnati

A decade of Lock vs. Mahomes might be fun

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Drew Lock and Patrick Mahomes could become the biggest rivalry in the NFL

The Denver Broncos will be competing with Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City for another decade. Not exactly news that makes fans smile.

While the future looks like an uphill climb, it also could be an exciting time for the rivalry between the Chiefs and Broncos. On the MHR Radio Podcast, Ian St. Clair and I talked about the impact Mahomes’ contract would have on the...

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Joe Ellis comments on Broncos adding Mike Shanahan to Ring of Fame

Mike Shanahan has been elected as the 34th member of the Denver Broncos’ Ring of Fame, the team announced Tuesday. Shanahan, who won back-to-back Super Bowls with Denver in the late 1990s, is the third coach to be voted into the Ring of Fame, joining Dan Reeves and Red Miller.

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Broncos to add Shanahan to Ring of Honor in '21

The Denver Broncos will add two-time Super Bowl champion Mike Shanahan to their Ring of Honor in 2021, the team announced on Tuesday.

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Just_JoRo

Mike Shanahan will be inducted in the Broncos’ Ring of Fame

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The Broncos’ All-Time winningest coach will be immortalized.

The Denver Broncos have announced that Mike Shanahan will be inducted into the Broncos’ Ring of Fame.

We’re excited to announce that our 2020 #BroncosROF electee is Mike Shanahan, the Broncos’ all-time winningest head coach.

Congrats, Coach!

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Tim Lynch

Greatest Broncos games of the 2010s: Patriots at Broncos, 11/29/2015

The Denver Broncos pulled together a statement win in Week 12 of the 2015 season with a comeback against the undefeated New England Patriots on national television.

There was plenty of uncertainty heading into the Week 12 for the Denver Broncos. While they were 8-2 and still in a strong position to make a playoff run, they had lost Peyton Manning to a foot injury and Brock Osweiler was coming off his first career start. Denver won that game, but Osweiler was a bit shaky at times. Then to be...

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