The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that the Denver Broncos will face the Atlanta Falcons in the 2019 Hall of Fame Game.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Denver Broncos have announced the matchup for the 2019 Hall of Fame Game. The Broncos will take on the Atlanta Falcons on August 1 at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
The participants of the Hall of Fame game are selected based on teams who have connections to the inductees of that year. This year, the Denver Broncos will have cornerback Champ Bailey and owner Pat Bowlen enshrined. The Falcons will have Tony Gonzalez enshrined.
Denver Broncos rookie head coach Vic Fangio released a statement about the news of the game:
"“With Mr. Bowlen and Champ Bailey part of this year’s induction class, it’s an honor for the Broncos to play in the Hall of Fame Game,” Head Coach Vic Fangio said. “We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of Broncos fans in Canton, and it’s also special for us to help kick off the NFL’s 100th season. Football-wise, it gives our team an extra week of training camp and additional practices that we’ll use to our advantage.”(quotes via Broncos PR)"
This can be looked at as good news, as well as bad news.
On the good side, the Broncos get an extra game to see what they have as a team. With a rookie head coach, a new quarterback, and many more pieces yet to arrive in Denver, the more practice, the better.
On a negative note, this is just an exhibition game, and in total, the Broncos will be playing five now. Some players may not like even having a 16-game season. Adding another one would not be ideal for those certain players.
However, starters may not see much time, if any.
The Broncos have appeared in the Hall of Fame game three previous times.
John Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, and that marks the last time the team played in the game.