Denver Broncos: What We Learned In Preseason


May 27, 2015; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak walks the field past quarterback Peyton Manning (18) before the start of organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The preseason is over, and while the amount of games is still being hotly contested, the games are an absolute necessity given the lack of hitting in training camp now.

It’s always hard to say we learned anything definitively in training camp or the mock season, however, there were indeed three lessons learned about this Denver Broncos squad as we head into Week 1.

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  • Gary Kubiak rewards hard workers: The new head coach is going with two guys who have never taken snaps at their position in the NFL on the offensive line in Matt Paradis (C) and Ty Sambrailo (LT), while cutting the likes of Ben Garland, who has proven to be an average starter in the league. Both Paradis and Sambrailo showed consistent improvement and worked extremely hard, which is something all Broncos fans have now learned Kubiak relishes in his players.
  • Brock Osweiler

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    as the fouth-year backup quarterback displayed that he is still far from being a franchise QB. While he displayed enticing flashes in two bomb passes for touchdowns of over 50 yards, the physically gifted Osweiler demonstrated equal amounts of: poor vision, erratic accuracy, spotty field-reading and low levels of consistency. One more year behind Manning certainly couldn’t hurt, but the Broncos might be wise to look quarterback again in next year’s draft.

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  • Sylvester Williams is a beast: As Denver Post reporter Troy E. Renck so aptly put it, Williams has been an up-the-field disruptive force in practice and preseason, finally looking the part of the player the Broncos drafted. Williams’ role is key against the run, and if he displays the level of ability that he has in the mock season, his sheer presence will open things up in the pass-rush game for the dynamic duo of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware on the edge.
  • The Broncos step into 2015 with the least pressure and expectations on them to win a Super Bowl in the Manning era.

    Aug 12, 2015; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips during training camp activities at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

    That said, under Kubiak’s and his reunited defensive coordinator (from their Houston Texans days) Wade Phillips’ stewardship; I’d be the last one surprised if this team finally lives up to their billing of a few years ago and shocks the nation in walking away with a Lombardi trophy this year.

    Will Reeve is a contributing writer to NFL Spin Zone, you can follow him on Twitter @WillReeveJr or connect with him on Facebook here.

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