Aug 2, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Isaiah Burse (19) practices kickoff returns prior to the start of a scrimmage at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Depth Chart: Special Teams
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Not much to be said about special teams. Despite signing Mitch Ewald, Matt Prater has the kicking job on lock down. No competition at punter for Britton Colquitt or long snapper for Aaron Brewer. For the returners it is interesting to see Wes Welker listed as the first string punt returner. Welker is the “safe” returner and not one to take a risk if the punt is too deep. The bigger surprise is Burse being #3 punt returner. Either one of these three are the case.
- The Broncos are trying to hide Burse from the rest of the NFL to either sneak him to the PS or use him in a big way during the regular season.
- He is struggling more than the reports let on.
- Those ahead of him are just doing a better job.
It is nice to see Caldwell and Bolden as the kick returners. Both, when given the chance, have done a good job.
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Right now no preseason games have been played, but a lot of the Broncos depth chart won’t change. Almost all the starters and backups will remain the same. There are battles still going, but most are for a practice squad position. When the games start though, that is when the real test for these players begin.