Training camp battles for every Denver Broncos position

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River Cracraft
DENVER, COLORADO – DECEMBER 30: River Cracraft #11 of the Denver Broncos returns a punt against the Los Angeles Chargers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Wide Receiver

Battle: WR5 and WR6

The Broncos have their top four wide receiver spots locked in, so long as Emmanuel Sanders is ready to go for the regular season health-wise. He was recovering from an Achilles injury all offseason.

Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and Tim Patrick all return in 2019 to give the Broncos a fun, dynamic trio of young receivers to build around.

They are joined by an intriguing sixth-round pick out of Colorado, Juwann Winfree, whose injuries in college limited his production significantly but his tools and receiving skills look outrageous.

Assuming Winfree is able to lock down a spot, the Broncos really have one receiver spot open, although Winfree making the roster is not a foregone conclusion yet. Both the WR5 and WR6 spots (if the Broncos keep six) are open for competition.

River Cracraft returns after seeing some regular season action in 2018 and will need to prove himself yet again for a roster spot. He can play the slot and showed some big play ability last year as well.

The Broncos moved former third-round cornerback Brendan Langley to the wide receiver position (his first and most natural position) after he failed to develop defensively. Langley was apparently making life difficult for the starters last season as a scout team receiver.

One key factor here is that the Broncos need someone to step up and win a job as their primary punt returner or return specialist in general. That’s where some speedy UDFA players could come into play.

All of Trinity Benson, Kelvin McKnight, and Romell Guerrier have experience in the return game, and all have the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.
The Broncos also have Aaron Burbridge and Fred Brown as camp bodies who could emerge as options.