NFL Franchise Exit Report: Denver Broncos

By: Little Italy (Publisher)

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Division: AFC West

2020 Finish: 24th

Record: (5-11)

2021 First RD Draft Pick: 9th

What went Right in 2020?

The biggest area that went right for the 2020 Broncos was the development of their wide receivers. With Courtland Sutton, missing the entirety of the 2020 campaign Tim Patrick was thrusted into that WR1 role for the team, and he did a great job on the field. Patrick showed he could be whatever wide receiver this team needs him to be whether it is the WR1 or the WR4. This isn’t the first time he was asked to fill in either for this team, as back in the 2018 season he closed out the regular season being a good fantasy contributor. Rookie first round pick Jerry Jeudy flashed throughout the 2020 season as well. Jeudy’s route running was as advertised, but his drops were a little concerning. However, I feel those drops will become fewer and fewer as his career ascends. Fellow rookie KJ Hamler showed he can indeed be that team’s field stretcher, but in terms of fantasy will be to inconsistent week to week, making him best suited for best ball leagues. Looking ahead to 2021 this is how I have these receivers ranked in my way to early fantasy rankings, Sutton, Jeudy, Patrick, and Hamler. I have Sutton ahead of Jeudy because Sutton has already proven, in his 2019 season; he can be that big play threat. I do however; feel Jeudy offers the highest ceiling, as he is a better talent then Sutton.

What Needs to Improve in 2021?

QUARTERBACK!!! The Broncos will need to get better play out of a position that they have had trouble filling since Peyton Manning called it a career. If Drew Lock is going to be under center again in 2021 he will need to be much better then he’s been during his first two years as a starter. I personally hope this team makes a change this offseason at the position, whether it be via trade, free agency, or through the draft. The fact that this front office made a play at Matthew Stafford tells me they are ready to move on from Lock. This offense is loaded with wide receiver and tight end talent and cannot be wasted by terrible quarterback play, which cannot take advantage. Next time I will dive into the Franchise Exit Report for the Dallas Cowboys.