Defensive back: Su’a Cravens
No defensive back has more to prove this offseason than Su’a Cravens, though the safety position is loaded with guys who could wind up making the roster.
The Broncos will not be able to keep all of Justin Simmons, Kareem Jackson, Will Parks, Cravens, Jamal Carter, Trey Marshall, Dymonte Thomas, and Shamarko Thomas.
The Broncos apparently had a first-round grade on Cravens in 2016 when he was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round.
After a solid rookie season with Washington, Cravens sat out 2017 and nearly retired from football altogether after what he believes was a mishandling of his injury situation.
Washington traded him to Denver in 2018, and the Broncos had high hopes that Cravens could be the guy to come in and shut down tight ends. It didn’t happen.
Injuries happened and Cravens missed significant time, was rusty upon his return, and was benched by Vance Joseph.
He got a clean slate with Vic Fangio and was running with the no. 2 defense to start training camp. He must prove he can be a solid all-around safety to make this team.