Denver Broncos
Bradley Chubb was fantastic as a rookie but can he become a superstar? What else is on deck for the Broncos heading into training camp in 2019? (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

The Denver Broncos are officially under new management. Vic Fangio is the new head coach and Joe Flacco is the new quarterback. The Broncos are a long ways away from the Super Bowl run with Peyton Manning. The good news is Fangio should make them better defensively and Flacco has the best resume of any quarterback to sport the uniform since Manning. Still, in a tough AFC West, it’s hard to see Denver making much noise. Let’s take a look what the Broncos bring to the table and dive into their 2019 NFL Training camp preview.

3 Position Battles To Watch:

Guard: Chaz Green, Dalton Risner

The Broncos went with Dalton Risner in round 2. He’s slotted to start at guard right away but played tackle in college. Risner probably can play any position along the offensive line. He’s going to play. Chaz Green is more or less a poor man version. I do worry about Risner’s strength who had shaky moments in the pre-draft process.

Wide Receiver: DaeSean Hamilton, Courtland Sutton

The Broncos do not have a ton of position battles so I had to get creative. Both DaeSean Hamilton and Courtland Sutton were both drafted a year ago. Both had their moments as rookies. Now which one will step up and become THE GUY? Hamilton caught 30 balls for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sutton reeled in 42 receptions for 704 yards and 2 scores. Edge Sutton right now. The good news is they complement each other well. Sutton is a big target that can win in the red area. Hamilton can maneuver around in the slot. These two guys are foundational pieces for the next good Denver team.

Quarterback: Joe Flacco, Drew Lock

How long will Joe Flacco hold off Drew Lock? How eager are the Broncos to hand the reigns to Lock? Does Flacco have a reality check in him or does he still not care about anything other than collecting pay checks? All of them are fair questions. Flacco’s best days are probably behind him. Lock is the future, or at least they hope that’s the case.

Ready To Breakout: Bradley Chubb

Bradley Chubb was fantastic as a rookie. 12 sacks as a first year player is no joke. Just how good is Chubb? Now is when the test really begins. Can Chubb continue to improve and become a superstar or is he just a really good player? I have a feeling it could be the former. If so, this is easily the best pass rusher tandem in the NFL with Von Miller on the other side.

Rookie To Watch: Noah Fant

Joe Flacco loves the tight end. Enter Noah Fant who has great speed and is a nice target to run the seams. Fant was taken in the first round and should provide a spark right away. He should be able to block a little too. The biggest question with Fant are his hands. Too many drops at the college level. If Fant wants to become a stud tight end, that needs to improve.

Fantasy Sleeper: Royce Freeman

I know, Phillip Lindsay is the star. Let’s not give up on Royce Freeman just yet. Freeman had a very productive career at Oregon. He’s still a touchdown threat in the red zone. Freeman still averaged 4 yards per carry and over 500 yards as a rookie. If those numbers improve, we’re looking at a really good back. Let’s also not forget that Lindsay is coming off wrist surgery. Just don’t give up on Freeman. He might come back to haunt you.

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