Who are the most important players on the Denver Broncos roster in 2020?
When it comes to pro football or any team sport, it always takes everybody on a team to win games (unless, of course, you’re talking about Michael Jordan’s Bulls). In the case of the Denver Broncos, there are some great players and some that are on their way to being stronger contributors.
The Broncos had their flaws during their 7-9 season in 2019, but the team also showed some good things. They improved offensively when Drew Lock took over for the final five games of the year, and several defensive players also had solid performances.
Von Miller has been a great player for the Broncos since 2011 when he became the second overall pick. His stats did not reflect how good he was in 2019, but stats don’t always tell the whole story. He still made an impact, with eight sacks on the year. He also accomplished that without his partner Bradley Chubb, who missed the year with a torn ACL.
Now without further ado, here are five players on the Broncos that I feel are the most important to the team.
Bradley Chubb, OLB
Chubb is the first player on this list. He was tremendous as a rookie in 2018, recording 12 sacks and 60 tackles. Unfortunately, the defense was not the same as if he was there. Of course, the Broncos found a star in inside linebacker Alexander Johnson, but he and Chubb play different positions.
The Broncos are going to be happy when they get Chubb back into the fold. There is just that sort of energy and dominance that certain players bring to the table, and that’s exactly what Chubb has. Is he the next Miller? I mean, there’s nothing that tells me that he cannot live up to that.
He certainly had a fantastic rookie season. Hopefully, he is able to rebound from his torn ACL and, who knows, maybe win Comeback Player of the Year.
As long as he can make a difference in a full year under Vic Fangio’s system, I think that he will prove that he can be the player he was pre-ACL tear. He will prove that he is one of the most important players on this defense.