What is the biggest obstacle for the Broncos?
By: Jake Rajala
The Denver Broncos added an infinity stone with the addition of Russell Wilson this off-season. Nonetheless, it won’t be easy for the Broncos to stand out in the wild AFC West. With that enunciated, I’m going to untwine the three biggest obstacles for the Broncos in 2022.
The Broncos have sexy talent at WR (Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick) and even RB (Javonte Williams, Melvin Gordon) for Wilson. Although, it will be vital that Wilson can stay clean in the pocket and properly utilize his talented arsenal. The Broncos exactly don’t have the most impressive pass protection. FTN Fantasy ranked the Broncos OL as the 17th best OL unit in the NFL. Most importantly, they will need their RT to be potent against elite edge rushers in the AFC West and the rest of the NFL. Billy Turner, who was ranked as PFF’s 50th best tackle last season, will need to hold his ground for the talented Broncos offense in 2022.
It would be an understatement to say that Randy Gregory is a gifted pass rusher. For example, here is a clip of how explosive the former Boys pass rusher is:
Although, the well-paid Broncos edge rusher has been hit or miss in his career. He unleashed six sacks and 17 QB hits in 11 games last season. Although, he only unveiled 3.5 sacks in 2020 and one sack from 2015 and 2016 combined. It’s vital that he can have a consistent motor and stay healthy.
Las Vegas Raiders
There is no secret that the Broncos compete in the most difficult NFL division (AFC West). I believe the Broncos should feel confident about facing the Tyreek Hill-less (and Honey Badger-less) Chiefs. Although, they will need to have a plan for Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders. LV swept the Broncos last season and it’s safe to say that the Raiders improved their offensive firepower with the addition of Davante Adams. The Goliath-like Broncos squad can’t afford to let the David-like Raiders team edge them out twice next season.