3. The 2008 excitement is reborn
Back in 2008, the Broncos had an exciting young core of players led by Jay Cutler, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, tight end Tony Scheffler, and rookies Ryan Clady (left tackle) and Eddie Royal (wide receiver).
That excitement was destroyed when Josh McDaniels came to town and blew the roster to pieces.
I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering what things could have been like had that core of players not been broken up at that point in time.
There are a lot of parallels to that 2008 crew on this current Broncos’ roster.
That 2008 group also didn’t include anyone even close to Phillip Lindsay.
The Broncos have assembled a very exciting young core of talent, but there are still needs on the roster. Not the least of which are left tackle and speed at receiver, which were incidentally the team’s top two positions targeted in the 2008 NFL Draft (Clady, Royal).
The Broncos got to the Super Bowl a couple of times and won it once with a lot of players who were signed in free agency or acquired by other means than the NFL Draft.
This is the first group of home-grown talent since the 2008 crew to look so promising, and Lock’s inclusion in that group is a huge reason why the Broncos have excitement for the future.
We’ll have to wait to see how this crew performs in games to pass judgment of any kind, but the future of the Broncos is as bright as it has been in a decade, at least when it comes to a unit comprised almost entirely of home-grown talent.