Denver Broncos: The best duos on the roster in 2020

What are the best duos on the Denver Broncos roster in 2020?

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Bradley Chubb #55 and Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos celebrate after a second quarter Chubb sack against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Empower Field at Mile High on September 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

In honor of the Denver Broncos' quarterback position being dubbed the literal worst in the NFL going into the 2020 season, I thought it would be fun to go through the roster and see what position groups had duos that might rank higher in other power ranking lists.

Some of these duos are proven while others are based more on potential, but I wanted to keep this list limited to duos that might be recognized by non-Denver media as some of the best or most dangerous at their respective positions in the NFL.

There's no question about the best duo on the roster...

1. Von Miller & Bradley Chubb (OLB)

Outside linebackers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb make up the best current duo on the Denver Broncos' roster and if you ask me, this is one of the most enviable duos across the league at any position.

For whatever reason, it's been easy for some to forget just how good Bradley Chubb is and how transcendent Von Miller has been.

Even in a 'down' year statistically in 2019, Miller had 37 pressures, 20 QB hits, and eight sacks. He was also his usual dominant self against the run.

With 20 games under his belt, Bradley Chubb has racked up:

  • 81 tackles
  • 46 QB pressures
  • 27 QB hits
  • 13 sacks
  • 3 forced fumbles

These two can get after the quarterback, and if you need any real indicator of just how good Chubb is, watch the Jacksonville Jaguars game where Chubb played a lot of his snaps with a torn ACL.

Although Miller is entering his age 31 season, he and Chubb are still one of the most well-rounded, dynamic duos of pass rushers in the entire league.

2. Justin Simmons & Kareem Jackson (S)

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 1: Justin Simmons #31 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a defensive stop with Kareem Jackson #22 and Will Parks #34 in the third quarter of a game at Empower Field at Mile High on December 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

In addition to having arguably the best outside linebacker duo in the entire NFL, the Denver Broncos also boast perhaps the best safety duo in the NFL in Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson.

Jackson, who has played and started in the NFL at cornerback and safety, came to the Broncos in free agency in 2019 and instantly provided a spark in Vic Fangio's defense.

Simmons, a former third-round pick out of Boston College, has been on a consistently positive trajectory since he came into the league in 2016.

Simmons, a former third-round pick out of Boston College, has been on a consistently positive trajectory since he came into the league in 2016.

This duo combined in 2019 for:

  • 164 tackles
  • 6 tackles for loss
  • 25 pass breakups
  • 6 interceptions

These guys are absolutely outstanding and perfect complements. Both of these players are physical, both are fearless, and both attack the football.

Although Jackson is in the last couple of years of his career, perhaps the switch to the safety position can prolong his playing days and he can play well into his 30s after spending the first portion of his career at cornerback.

When these guys are on, they are a lot of fun to watch.

The game has slowed down for Simmons over the last four years and Jackson is a veteran who has seen it all. Together, they're not letting anything behind them.

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3. Melvin Gordon & Phillip Lindsay (RB)

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DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 01: Phillip Lindsay #30 of the Denver Broncos carries the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers in the third quarter at Empower Field at Mile High on December 01, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Although not everyone was on board with the 2020 free agent signing of running back Melvin Gordon, there's no doubt in my mind that he makes the team better, at least on paper.

As a matter of fact, by adding Gordon to the roster, the Denver Broncos now have two 2018 Pro Bowl running backs on the team with him and former undrafted superstar Phillip Lindsay.

I wrote prior to free agency the potential thinking in adding a veteran running back, specifically like Gordon, in free agency.

In a nutshell, the combination of Gordon and Austin Ekeler combined for almost 2,500 yards from scrimmage with 20 total touchdowns with the Los Angeles Chargers last year.

Why would the Broncos not want that kind of production out of their running back position, if possible?

Why not have two Pro Bowl running backs if you can afford it?

Some would argue the Broncos should have prioritized other positions besides running back with the money they paid Gordon, and that's a fair opinion to have, but his arrival gives the Broncos one of the best duos at the running back position in the league.

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4. Courtland Sutton & Jerry Jeudy (WR)

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 29: Courtland Sutton #14 of the Denver Broncos catches a ball as he warms up before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High on December 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Although one half of this duo has never played a down of NFL football, it's hard not to love the duo of Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy at wide receiver for the Denver Broncos.

Courtland Sutton can make offense out of thin air.


Although Courtland Sutton didn't get targeted 185 times last season like Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints, he perhaps did more with his 124 targets than any other player in the NFL.

Sutton caught passes from three different quarterbacks, including two young players making their first starts in the NFL.

Sutton was on the receiving end of the first career touchdown pass of both Brandon Allen and Drew Lock, and both plays were out-of-this-world spectacular.

He made head-scratching, jaw-dropping catches all season, fabricating offense unlike anything I've seen from a Denver player since Brandon Lloyd's memorable 2010 campaign.

Adding Jerry Jeudy -- widely considered the best route runner to come from the college ranks in recent memory -- makes Sutton's life that much easier.

Jeudy is truly a technician at the wide receiver position, and one of the most complete players I've evaluated coming out in some time. Although he's not 6-foot-4, 225 pounds like Sutton, Jeudy is a receiver with a great combination of size, speed, hands, route running, quickness, and after-the-catch abilities.

There was nothing I found in studying his game that I felt would not able to be corrected at the next level.

He's as pro-ready as pro-ready gets.

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5. Jurrell Casey & Shelby Harris (DL)

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NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 15: Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts is grabbed by the shirt by Jurrell Casey #99 of the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Nashville,Tennessee. The Colts defeated the Titans 19-17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Broncos' defensive line is one of the best overall position groups on the team, but the duo of Jurrell Casey and Shelby Harris stands out.

Harris has been a playmaker for the Broncos over the last three seasons -- batting down passes at the line of scrimmage, racking up sacks, making tackles for loss, blocking field goals, or even picking off passes to end games.

Jurrell Casey is a five-time Pro Bowl selection from the Titans who can play every position on the defensive front, even standing up as an outside linebacker when asked to do so.

This duo is going to be a fun one to watch for the Broncos in 2020. Casey has been one of the most dominant interior linemen in the NFL in the last decade while Harris has come into his own.

These guys are going to be meeting at the quarterback often in 2020.

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6. Dalton Risner & Graham Glasgow (OG)

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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 17: Dalton Risner #66 of the Denver Broncos runs onto the field during player introductions before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High on October 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Although many Denver Broncos fans would rather have one of the best tackle duos in the NFL on the offensive side of the ball, having one of the best guard duos is not a bad consolation.

Dalton Risner was a tremendous value in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

In case you hadn't heard or read this fact before, Risner was the 10th offensive lineman selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. Can you name the nine before him? Not likely.

Risner is the Broncos' starting left guard and provided instant stability at a problem position last season. He's now joined on the offensive line by free agent acquisition Graham Glasgow.

Glasgow has played all three interior positions on the offensive line but says he prefers the right guard position and he's going to provide the Broncos with a reliable option there.

Over the last four seasons in Detroit, Glasgow has only been called for 16 penalties in total. He was called for holding one time last season.

He also allowed zero sacks.

Next: Predicting the Broncos' defensive line in 2020

These guys should be tremendous for the Broncos for years to come.