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Five Teams To Watch This Offseason, Part Two of Five: Denver Broncos

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The Denver Broncos finished with a record of 5-11 in 2017, finishing last in their division, with the new league year set to start in March, Denver, per www.overthecap.com will have $26.8 million in cap space.  Denver currently holds the 5th overall pick in the 2018 draft, they could use it to pick a quarterback.  During the 2017 NFL season, they started three different quarterbacks, Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch, they combined for 19 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.  None of Denver’s quarterbacks had more touchdowns than interceptions, Brock was the only quarterback to have an even amount of touchdowns and interceptions (5 apiece).

Kirk Cousins is set to hit the free agent market, unless Washington was to use the franchise tag on him a third straight year, and Von Miller said that Kirk Cousins could take Denver over the edge, Miller could play a big role in getting him to play in Denver.

Staying on the offensive side of the football, Denver’s quarterbacks were sacked 52 times in 2017, which is a reasonable explanation for some of their quarterbacks woes.  Denver will have to a better job of protecting their quarterback moving forward, whomever that will be.  The passing attack was not they only offensive issue for the Broncos in 2017, they ranked 25th in rushing touchdowns (8) and 18th in yards per carry (4.1).   Again that can be an issue due to poor offensive line play.

Running Back C.J. Anderson also scored just 3 rushing touchdowns in 2017, and his yards per carry has declined from 4.7 in 2014 and 2015, to 4.0 in 2016 and 4.1 last season.  Denver could be ready to move on from Anderson, per ESPN’s Jeff Lefwold, which would free up some cap space.

On the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Aqib Talib could be released, meaning that if Denver manages to sign Kirk Cousins or another quarterback in free agency that they feel can start, Denver could take a cornerback with the 5th pick.

Denver’s first round pick selection could very well rest in the hands of their front office’s ability to sign Kirk Cousins, if they do, they could pick a defensive player, an offensive lineman, or perhaps trade back to acquire more picks.

One trade partner could be the Buffalo Bills, who, per Benjamin Allbright, of 104.7 FM in Denver, stated that the Bills are looking for a trade partner in the top 10 of the upcoming draft.  Buffalo currently holds back to back picks in the first round (21st and 22nd).

Keep an eye on Denver as they look to get back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 season, where Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset with a Super Bowl victory to end his career.

CAP SPACE INFORMATION IS FROM WWW.OVERTHECAP.COM

STATISTICS ARE FROM WWW.PRO-FOOTBALL-REFERENCE.COM

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Bills Cut Terrelle Pryor

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The Buffalo Bills have released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor who was signed only a few short weeks ago, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Pryor saw his snap count drop from his first game with the Bills to his second game, and he only managed to haul in two receptions for 17 yards, which will cause speculation that Pryor’s hamstring issues may not be fully behind him.

Pryor as cut from the New York Jets in October, prior to latching on with the Bills.

 

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Jets Unlikely To Fire Mike Maccagnan

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Despite what appears to be another lost season, the New York Jets are considered unlikely to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

Furthermore, the report indicates that while Maccagnan’s job appears to be safe for now, head coach Todd Bowles is on the hot seat.

Due Maccagnan’s long-stated plan to compete for a playoff berth in 2019, ownership sees him as not falling short of their expectations, making it likely that they will move forward with the general manager despite Bowles’ likely departure.

The Jets will have around $100 million in cap space in the 2019 offseason, and are putting their faith in Maccagnan to put something together in 2019.

 

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Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill Throwing Without Pain

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The Miami Dolphins may have quarterback Ryan Tannehill back when the team plays the Indianapolis Colts following their bye this week, as head coach Adam Gase provided an update concerning Tannehill’s status.

“That was the start of their throwing progression after so many off,” Gase said earlier this week, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “It seemed like it went well. It’s not like he’s out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good. So that’s a positive.”

Tannehill has missed the last five games because of a capsule injury in his throwing shoulder, and the team has been rolling with Brock Osweiler under center.

Gase said that Tannehill is on a pitch count right now but the team is hoping that he will be fully cleared by next Wednesday’s practice so he can be a full go against the Colts.

“It’s a pitch count, distance,” Gase said. “There are a lot of factors involved. It’s like what they’re doing right now – it’s like don’t throw any balls over 15 yards, don’t through any over 20, 25. It’s going to be a progression. He didn’t throw a ball there for a while. We’ve got to be careful. There has to be a buildup from there.”

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