Projecting 2014 Denver Broncos Starters on Defense

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Jun 10, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) runs a play during mini camp drills at the Broncos practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


Aqib Talib


The Broncos stole the best defensive player from their most bitter AFC rival, and that guy is slated to change the look of the Denver secondary. Talib is a lock-down, shut-down corner who has caused the Broncos some major problems in recent games. If he can bring that to the Mile High City, the turnovers will flow like the salmon of Capistrano.

Chris Harris


Harris is recovering from a partially torn ACL, but he believes he will be ready for the first game of the season and he will be locking down the other side of the field with Aqib Talib. Harris is already the best nickel corner in the league, where he will play when the Broncos are in that formation, but in the ‘base’ defense, he’ll play on the outside and I think he’ll excel.

Rahim Moore

Free Safety,

Moore is another Broncos defender who missed a good chunk of last season after nearly losing his leg due to a condition called Compartment Syndrome. Moore’s absence in the secondary was extremely noticeable, and the Broncos wound up really vulnerable in that area as a result. One of the top free safeties in the league, Moore’s return will provide a major boost to the Broncos’ defense.

T.J. Ward

Strong Safety,

The Broncos brought in Ward this season on what I feel like was a really reasonable contract. He brings versatility, physicality, toughness, and just an overall really well-rounded game to the Broncos’ defensive backfield and I think he’ll be a star with Jack Del Rio and John Fox showing him the ropes. He had a run-in with the law already since in Denver, so he needs to stay focused, and if he does he’ll be among the best safeties in the game.
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