2022 Bold Predictions: Denver Broncosby Zach Gotlieb June 23, 2022 0 comments
This offseason will be the one that turned everything around for the Denver Broncos. They acquired Russell Wilson and hired head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Even without being in the building, the vibes are undeniably better than they’ve been at any point since winning Super Bowl 50. With new sky-high expectations and an offense that will be better than inept, let’s dive into the boldest and smuggest predictions that can be thought of for a revamped Broncos team.
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Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, and Jerry Jeudy All Have Over 1,200 Receiving Yards
It’s been two seasons since the Broncos had a 1,000-yard receiver. It’s crazy what happens with a quarterback that can make plays. While D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are a really good duo of receivers, Wilson has never had a complete collection of weapons like this before, and he will be in a pass-first offense where he’ll spread the ball around. With deep threats in Patrick and Sutton with an elite separator in Jeudy, these three receivers are primed to break out in a way they haven’t been able to.
Bradley Chubb and Randy Gregory Combine for 24 Sacks
The Broncos as a team combined for just 36 sacks last season. That’s not good enough. The new defensive coordinator, Ejiro Evero, is said to use a similar system as Vic Fangio. However, he will be more aggressive with blitzes. This isn’t about talent level with Chubb and Gregory. This is about them being on the field long enough to do it. Gregory is dealing with a shoulder injury. He had surgery to repair right after signing his deal in free agency. Chubb hasn’t been healthy enough to try and replicate his 12-sack rookie year. This is the time to get them going and make an already potentially really good defense a great defense.
Russell Wilson gets his First Career MVP Vote
This really shouldn’t be as big of a stretch as it is. Since entering the league in 2012, Wilson has never received an MVP vote. That changes this year. It’s likely too big of a stretch to say he wins MVP in his first year with a new team in a new offense. Still, with an offense that will be catered towards him and bringing this Broncos team from worst in the AFC West to likely being in the race to win the division by the regular season’s end in the hardest division in sports, that will be enough to get MVP consideration.
The Broncos Win the AFC West
Make no bones about it, this division will be a complete blood bath, and every divisional game should have found a way onto primetime this year. Every team is loaded, and Derek Carr (a top 12 guy) is the worst quarterback in the division, and that’s insane. Nonetheless, with the Broncos having the defense that’s continued to be very good over the years, with a very similar scheme this year, and finally having competency at the quarterback position, they’re primed to be able to win grind-it-out games and shootouts.
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