The Denver Broncos could have a number of first-time Pro Bowlers in 2020.
The Denver Broncos have had some okay Pro Bowl turnouts the last few seasons, even though making the Pro Bowl is not the main goal. When your team makes the Super Bowl, the players on your team don’t play in the exhibition game due to it now taking place before Super Bowl week.
Players such as Peyton Manning, Aqib Talib, Demaryius Thomas, Courtland Sutton, and Von Miller have represented the Broncos in recent years.
Having a good team overall ups the chances of players getting recognized by a national audience and ultimately going to the Pro Bowl. Look at the Baltimore Ravens in 2019. The exception here is a guy like Manning, though. He did not always have a strong team around him. He alone was great.
Every year, there is talk of players getting snubbed from the Pro Bowl. Every team, no matter if the team is bad, good, or great, has people talking about which player(s) got overlooked.
Here are some Denver Broncos players that could be in line to make the 2021 Pro Bowl.
Justin Simmons does not get snubbed again
In the case of the Broncos, Justin Simmons was a commonly-talked about snub after he was not voted to the game when voting came to an end during the 2019 season.
He has recorded 190 total tackles over the course of the last two seasons. He also had seven interceptions during the last two years, and eleven for his career.
Simmons, as has been mentioned before, is an ironman of a player, who has hardly missed any snaps during his four seasons with the Broncos. His play makes it hard to believe that he wasn’t included in the game.
Simmons also was named first-team All-Pro by Pro Football Focus and Second-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2019. No Pro Bowl, though.
If there is one Pro Bowl snub most deserving of going to the game, it is Simmons.
Von Miller rebounds from “off year”
Will Von Miller return back to his old statistical freak as he had been prior to the 2019 season? There is no doubt in my mind.
He can add another Pro Bowl to his list of achievements in 2020.
Miller did finish the season with eight sacks, but that is one of the lowest totals of his career. The thing that people don’t always understand is that just because a player isn’t recording stats, that does not mean that they are not being effective. Miller certainly was.
Despite Miller’s lower number of stats, he was still voted to the 2019 Pro Bowl.
I strongly believe that Miller can have another great year, especially with the players around him and another year in Vic Fangio’s defense. As long as he is in the league and plays all 16 games in a given, he should be considered for the Pro Bowl.
Dalton Risner may follow up solid rookie year with Pro Bowl nod
Dalton Risner was an awesome addition in the 2019 NFL Draft and showed a good amount of leadership. It feels like he has been in the league for a while.
He is a tough guard who the Broncos have in at the left guard spot after he finished his college career at Kansas State playing right tackle.
With Mike Munchak coaching him for the second year in a row, and the addition of a star running back in Melvin Gordon, Risner absolutely has a chance to shine and become a Pro Bowler for the first time.
Risner recently said that he wanted to be an All-Pro and Pro Bowl player for the Broncos for years to come. He is very motivated, and he should be.
Risner was very impressive as a rookie and I believe that he will only get better from here.
Jurrell Casey can make Pro Bowl in first year with Broncos
When the Broncos acquired Jurrell Casey, people were going nuts. The fact that a star defensive lineman was being traded to the Broncos for just a seventh-round pick had everyone excited.
With the Titans, Casey was selected to five straight Pro Bowls.
Could he make it six Pro Bowl appearances in a row? This one will be interesting to monitor.
Casey has had at least five sacks in all but the first two years of his career and has been a dominant interior defensive lineman while getting after quarterbacks.
He spent the entirety of his career with the Tennessee Titans and now is on a defense that has some solid edge rushers to help him get some more one-on-one situations. But to be honest, I’m not sure he necessarily needs them.
Casey is a tough, strong defensive tackle. He can push offensive linemen aside to get to the quarterback or running back. I am excited to see what he can bring to Denver and it would not be a surprise to see him represent the Broncos in the Pro Bowl.
Courtland Sutton benefits from wide receiver additions
You may think that the fact that the Broncos drafted several wide receivers in this year’s draft would hurt Courtland Sutton’s stock. It makes sense in a way.
More options, more players to make happy with production.
But just because there are new faces in town does not mean that Sutton will become non-existent. In fact, the presence of other weapons could really help Sutton out.
Teams are going to have to figure out game plans for all of the Broncos’ weapons.
Drew Lock will enter his first full season as the starting quarterback, and I strongly believe that he and Sutton will have a great connection throughout their whole careers together.
The trade that sent DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans to the Arizona Cardinals could play a factor in Sutton’s chances of making the Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl has been known as a popularity contest, and sometimes players are only voted to go due to their past accomplishments, not what they’ve done that season.