Five Defensive Dark Horses for the Denver Broncos in 2014

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June 11, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive back Quinton Carter (28) leaves the field during mini camp drills at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Quinton Carter

Safety, 4th season

Quinton Carter was drafted by the Broncos in the fourth round back in 2011, and has been placed in IR each of the last two seasons. His career got off to a roaring start when he became a starter in the Broncos’ secondary on a revamped defense that made it to the playoffs where he picked off Super Bowl QBs Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady. Carter’s contributions to the Denver defense should be big in 2014 if he can stay on the field, where he belongs. This is a guy who has a complete game as a safety, whose talent has never been the question. Because of his time injured, it seems he’s a longshot to be a serious contributor in Denver but the feeling is that he can possibly even be the ’7th man’ in the secondary.
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  • anon76returns

    Lots of dark horses on defense. Folks have bailed on Kayvon, but I think he has a good shot at the “starting” outside CB (or at least the outside CB when CHJ slides into the nickel), and not because I’m down on Roby.

    Irving can actually be considered a dark horse- he does have some talent, but just about every Bronco fan will tell you that the Mike backer is the biggest ? on the starting D.

    I think Boyett is a dark horse to fill our 4th S position- I think Bruton and Bolden are going to have a hard time making the 53 this season.

    • SayreBedinger

      Great thoughts. I agree on Kayvon. His starting experience last year is going to only work in his favor.

      Irving to me is a breakout candidate as well. I liked a lot of what I saw from him down the stretch last year.

      Boyett is one of my favorite dark horses this year. He’s got an uphill battle ahead but if he is healthy, he could have a great showing in the pre-season and make it really hard for the Broncos to let him go.

  • Michelle Yan

    What about Duke Ihenacho? Lots of buzz about him in camp last year, and like Webster, showed a lot of willingness and grit (even if their inexperience was occasionally taken advantage of)