Previewing the Denver Broncos Offensive Skill Depth Chart

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As we begin our final series of down time this NFL offseason prior to mini camps and training camp, it’s appropriate to take a quick look at the Denver Broncos’ current offensive depth chart as it pertains to the skill positions, maybe a little bit of fantasy football intrigue, and overall just to get excited about the current roster.

The Broncos are, once again, led by Peyton Manning, who is entering his fourth season with the team. That seems wild to even write at this moment, because I remember rushing to my laptop the day he was signed back in March of 2012. It was a glorious Monday, if I recall.

With Manning at the helm for (at least) one more season, the Broncos will once again boast one of the league’s most exciting fantasy football offenses. However, unlike last year, there is a lot more ‘certainty’ at the running back spot and a lot less certainty at the tight end spot.

Also to be figured in the formula here is the Broncos’ difference in offensive strategy with Gary Kubiak as the head coach of the team, implementing his style of play along with Manning’s.

Quarterback: Peyton Manning

Manning, who is backed up by Brock Osweiler, came crashing back to earth last season after a 55-touchdown season in 2013 when the Broncos boasted the best offense the NFL has ever seen…until the Super Bowl.

Nov 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The future Hall of Famer threw 39 touchdowns last season, certainly not pedestrian numbers but considering the way he finished the season, both he and the Broncos are certain there were points left on the field, opportunities not taken advantage of, and wins that never were.

Manning is the leader of the team, of the offense, and he’ll be fully expected to be playing at a top level again this season, but expectations may be tempered a bit based on the way he played with that thigh injury last year. Reports emerged after the season that Manning had played with a torn quad, so hopefully if that happens again this year — or anything of that nature — the Broncos will do the smart thing and let Osweiler have a few games.

I still think Manning is going to be able to throw 35-40 touchdown passes this season. He’s still really good, and has phenomenal weapons at his disposal.

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