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  • DEN Linebacker #41
    The report comes from NBC Houston’s Aaron Wilson, who notes the Broncos also moved S Caden Stearns (patellar tendon) and S Delarrin Turner-Yell (ACL) to the active/PUP list. Sanders ruptured his Achilles tendon in late April. Initial reports suggested the team was hopeful he could return before the 2024 season ends. His move to the active/PUP list, rather than the reserve/PUP list, is a positive step in this regard. Should he remain on the active/PUP list entering the regular season, he will be eligible to return against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5.
  • DEN Wide Receiver #81
    It’s no surprise for a player who hasn’t appeared in a regular season game since 2021. Working in Patrick’s favor are positive comments from coach Sean Payton and a renegotiated contract that has made him far more affordable for 2024. There is just only so much that can be working in your favor when you’re on the wrong side of 30 and haven’t played for nearly three years. This is a rough, undermanned receiver group. Perhaps Patrick’s experience will earn him the final spot.
  • DEN Running Back #33
    “Rookie Audric Estime is making the team,” writes Renck, who also believes second-year back Jaleel McLaughlin’s place on the roster is secure. Assuming this is correct, it would, in all likelihood, leave Williams and Perine to battle things out for the final roster spot. Perine, 28, feels like the early odd man out, but he is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 6.7 yards per touch while also totaling 693 yards from scrimmage — the second-highest total of his career. Williams, on the other hand, struggled in his first year back from a devastating knee injury. He averaged just 3.6 YPC on 217 carries but could rebound now that he’s nearly two years removed from his injury. It’s worth noting that Williams is a carry-over from the previous regime, while Perine, Estime, and McLaughlin were hand-picked by Sean Payton and his staff over the last two years. The Broncos’ camp battle will be one to watch throughout the summer. There could be some strong fantasy value here as McLaughlin is currently going as a low-end RB4, while Estime is being drafted well outside the top 50 at his position.
  • DEN Guard #77
    Meinerz, nicknamed “The Belly”, is a 2021 third-rounder who is now one of the top-five paid guards in the NFL. The extension includes $45 million guaranteed with $24 million in the first year of the deal. At 25-years-old, Meinerz has started every game he has played each of the last two seasons. Last season, he allowed just two sacks and posted an 83.7 PFF grade, ranking as one of the top run blockers in the league. Meinerz is now locked in for the future of the Broncos offensive line at right guard.
  • DEN Running Back
    The Athletic’s Nick Kosmider writes that Estimé is expected to push Javonte Williams for the starting job in camp. Estimé, who was selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of this year’s draft, is a 5-foot-11, 233-pound bruiser who averaged 6.2 YPC in his three seasons at Notre Dame. Despite missing much of the team’s offseason programs, Kosmider believes he’ll have a chance to unseat Williams, the incumbent, who is a second year removed from a devastating knee injury that ended his 2022 season. Williams averaged just 3.6 YPC last season while totaling 1,002 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns, but he should still find a role in Payton’s offense — even if it’s a reduced one. We’ll see how things play out in camp, but it will likely take an impressive performance from Estimé for him to be viewed as the Week 1 starter.
  • DEN Quarterback #10
    It is assumed that Nix will take over the offense in Denver either this season or next after he was taken with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Whether or not that happens during his rookie season remains to be seen, but reports continue to flood in stating that the first-year quarterback has impressed his new coaching staff as camp nears. Head coach Sean Payton has specifically called out Nix’s composure in the pocket, understanding of the playbook, and quick release. Working against the rookie is the fact that Payton has yet to develop a young quarterback throughout his coaching career, although that trend could change as early as this year. Expect Nix to continue to battle fellow quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Zach Wilson through camp and preseason.
  • DEN Wide Receiver #81
    Patrick is working his way back from a torn Achilles he suffered in training camp last season. The year before, Patrick saw his 2022 come to an end due to a torn ACL. The veteran receiver is set to enter his eighth season with the Broncos, but hasn’t taken a regular-season snap since 2021. Patrick caught 53 passes for 734 yards and five touchdowns in his last year of play, but his status with the team heading into this season remains very much up in the air. Assuming he makes the 53-man roster, Patrick probably won’t see a significant role as long as the guys ahead of him are healthy.
  • DEN Head Coach
    The report is via Broncos insider Mike Klis. Shaw stepped away from Stanford after the 2022 season and interviewed for head coaching vacancies with the Chargers and Titans this offseason. Shaw has spent time in the NFL with the Eagles, Raiders, and Ravens but will now take up a front-office position with the Broncos. It’s his first NFL gig since 2005 but it is a good foot in the door for a guy who appears interested in re-joining the pro ranks.
  • Tillman just finished the season with the UFL’s Birmingham Stallions. Tillman led the Stallions’ 2024 championship defensive line in pass rushing snaps (343), pass-rush productivity (9.5) and pass-rush win rate (23.9%) while ranking top-two positionally among UFL EDGE defenders with at least 100 pass rushing snaps. He joins a needy Broncos pass rush unit, which ranked 21st among NFL teams in quarterback pressure rate (33.3%). The contract includes a $10,000 signing bonus.
  • DEN Cornerback #2
    Surtain is entering his fourth season as a pro and is coming off arguably his worst year. The former No. 9 overall pick earned a PFF coverage grade of 64.7 last season while allowing 56 receptions for 701 yards and three touchdowns. It was the most receptions and yards he had ever allowed in a season, while opposing quarterbacks also enjoyed a 93.9 passer rating when targeting the Broncos’ CB1. The bill will soon come due for Surtain, who had his fifth-year option picked up earlier this offseason. While it’s possible he will play out this season without an extension, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him ink a new deal next offseason if the Broncos view him as part of their long-term plans.