|Date & Time||Friday July 3, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Denver Broncos look to make the playoffs for a fifth straight season, and the fans would also like to see another run at the Super Bowl.
Here are how the Broncos look heading into 2015.
Key Player Losses: The Broncos lost Julius Thomas to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Wes Welker is still a free agent. Both players were highly successful during their time in Denver, but just about anybody can become a reliable target when Peyton Manning is throwing you the ball. Defensively, the Broncos lost one of their better tacklers in linebacker Nate Irving and a ballhawking safety in Rahim Moore. Both players played their first four seasons with Denver before leaving for teams in the AFC North.
Key Player Additions: The Broncos made an underrated pickup in tight end Owen Daniels. Daniels is a veteran receiver who has caught at least 40 passes in six of his last eight seasons and will soften the blow of losing Thomas. Defensively, Denver snagged safety Darian Stewart, who has 160 tackles and 22 pass deflections in five seasons. Stewart should start this season at the free safety position.
Draft: The Broncos got a steal with the selection of defensive end Shane Ray, who would have gone a lot higher if it wasn’t for off-the-field issues. Ray will be an All Pro defender if he’s able to stay out of trouble. Ty Sambrailo has the potential to blossom into a solid right tackle and tight end Jeff Heuerman is one of those players who could have a far better pro career than college. Cornerback Lorenzo Doss has a chance to eventually become something despite his small frame, as he has above-average ball skills and solid recovery speed.
2015 Outlook: The Denver Broncos still have Manning on their team, which means that they should make the playoffs and be a threat to anyone in the league. Honestly, with Manning’s health and age, anything but a Super Bowl victory will be considered a disappointment to him. The Broncos offense will be fine with him running the show, and the defense did a good job of keeping most guys intact. The Broncos have as good of a shot to win the whole thing as anyone with No. 18 running the show.
Denver Broncos 2015 Schedule:
Sept. 13 Baltimore Ravens, 4:25
Sept. 17 at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu), 8:25
Sept. 27 at Detroit Lions, 8:30
Oct. 4 Minnesota Vikings, 4:25
Oct. 11 at Oakland Raiders, 4:25
Oct. 18 at Cleveland Browns, 1
Oct. 25 BYE
Nov. 1 Green Bay Packers*, 8:30
Nov. 8 at Indianapolis Colts, 4:25
Nov. 15 Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25
Nov. 22 at Chicago Bears, 1
Nov. 29 New England Patriots*, 8:30
Dec. 6 at San Diego Chargers, 4:05
Dec. 13 Oakland Raiders, 4:05
Dec. 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25
Dec. 28 Cincinnati Bengals (Mon), 8:30
Jan. 3 San Diego Chargers, 4:25