Who will be the Denver Broncos’ backup OLBs in 2020?
If you’re the Denver Broncos or any other NFL team, for that matter, can you ever have too many pass rushers?
The Broncos are going to find out in 2020 because they have a plethora and perhaps an abundance of players on their roster coming off the edge competing for roster spots.
In 2019, the Broncos had to find depth off the edge the unconventional (hard) way by having in-season tryouts when Bradley Chubb went down with a season-ending knee injury. It wasn’t until late in the 2019 season that Jeremiah Attaochu really emerged as the top backup/spot-starting outside linebacker for the Broncos.
Attaochu was impressive enough that the Broncos decided to bring him back on a one-year contract this offseason, but he’s still not guaranteed anything with competition yet to unfold.
In my latest roster prediction, I have the Broncos keeping a total of six edge players. That would be virtually unprecedented in the John Elway era but it’s not impossible if the back-end guys are key special teams players, which they very well could be.
Still, there exists a scenario and possibility where the Broncos would only keep four guys off the edge on the initial 53-man roster.
Which guys are competing for those backup spots behind Von Miller and Bradley Chubb? It’s going to be fierce this offseason in Broncos Country, and hopefully, it brings out the best in all of these players.