Projecting Denver Broncos offensive stats for 2020 season

Projecting Denver Broncos offensive stats in the 2020 season.

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos huddles with the offense against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High on December 22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Lions 27-17. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

As the days get closer to the start of the 2020 NFL season, season excitement for this Denver Broncos team grows, and projecting how they'll look is all we can do until the games start.

Like most of you, I wonder what can this team do. In the fantasy football age, projections guide our fandom and connectivity to players across the league.

As the team has revamped their offensive roster, it is exciting to think of what the team might be capable of.

In this article, I took a look at projecting the Denver Broncos offensive stats for the upcoming 2020 season.

Drew Lock and company should be able to produce more points and yards than fans in Denver have seen for quite some time.

Drew Lock

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 1: Quarterback Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High on December 1, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Broncos should boast a solid defense again this year, but the team will go as far as Drew Lock takes them.

Even though the Broncos went 4-1 in Lock's five starts, he did not produce eye-popping numbers outside of start against the Houston Texans.

Lock averaged around 6.5 YPA but that should significantly improve with an improved offensive line and an influx in talented pass catchers

Look for a big year from Lock as he now has the best supporting cast in Denver since the 2013 season in additions Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler to an offense already featuring Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Phillip Lindsay. Look for a "Derek Carr" kind of season statistically (don't worry Bronco fans it doesn't mean he's Derek Carr).

  • Pass Attempts - 515
  • Pass Completions -330
  • Pass Yrd - 3909
  • Pass TD - 26
  • Int -15
  • Rush Yards -180
  • Rush TDs - 2
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Melvin Gordon

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Phillip Lindsay #30 of the Denver Broncos on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on November 24, 2019, in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo beats Denver 20 to 3. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

Melvin Gordon has averaged under 4.0 YPC in four of his five years with the Chargers. However, he is consistent and produces in the passing game. Also, Gordon will keep drives alive and goal-line conversions up with short-yardage plays that keep his YPC low.

Gordon has also been known to cough up the rock, so don't be surprised if he puts the ball on the turf more than Broncos Country is used to.

Look for Gordon to see looks similar to the year he and Austin Ekeler burst on to the scene as one of the top 1-2 punches in the NFL.

  • Rush Att - 170
  • Rush Yards - 700
  • Rush TD - 7
  • Pass Rec - 45
  • Pass Yards - 300
  • Rec TD - 2
  • Fumbles - 3

Phillip Lindsay

Phillip Lindsay is a back-to-back 1,000 yar rusher entering his third NFL season, but will not see a significant reduction in his on-field snaps.

The team will deploy both Lindsay and Gordon in a specific way to maximize each player's effectiveness.

Lindsay has flashed as a rusher with a rediculous production, especially from an undrafted free agent, but he has been unable to produce in short-yardage situations and as a receiver (4.1 YPT in 2019).

However, just because you will see a dip in statistics you will not see a reduction in his effectiveness. Look for Lindsay to be featured at times throughout the season and continue to show why it's tough to justify taking him off of the field.

  • Rush Att - 150
  • Rush Yards - 700
  • Rush TD - 3
  • Pass Rec - 20
  • Rec Yards - 150
  • Pass TD - 1
  • Fumbles - 1

Royce Freeman

Royce Freeman looked promising early in 2018. After an ankle injury impacted his rookie year, Freeman lost his touches go to the budding star Lindsay.

Freeman's role looks to continue to be reduced with the addition of Gordon along with more targets for Jeudy and Hamler.

  • Rush Att - 20
  • Rush Yards - 80
  • Rush TD - 0
  • Pass Rec - 10
  • Rec Yards - 50
  • Rec TD - 0
  • Fumbles - 0
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Courtland Sutton

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AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 25: Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide catches a touchdown pass during the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017, in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Broncos selected Cortland Sutton in 2018 assuming it would take him several years to acclimate to the NFL game. Sutton accelerated his learning curve to break out in 2019 and solidify himself as a legitimate WR1.

Sutton put the league on notice with a stat line of 72 catches for 1,112yards and 6 touchdowns. most of that production was without a significant receiving threat on the other side.

The progression of Noah Fant and the arrival of Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler may cost Sutton a few targets, but the 24-year-old will handle enough work to allow for WR2 production."

  • Pass Rec - 80
  • Rec Yards - 1110
  • Rec TD - 7
  • Fumbles - 0

Jerry Jeudy

Jerry Jeudy was a steal at number 15 overall of the 2020 NFL draft. Denver selected Jeudy with the 15th pick of April's draft.

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound receiver shows a diverse skillset that plays well outside of the slot.

Jeudy is fast (4.45 40-yard dash), and a terrific route-runner.

Jeudy should slide in right behind Courtland Sutton as WR2 and contribute right away. However, don't expect a 1,000-yard season just yet. Jeudy's real production will come in 2021 and beyond.

  • Pass Rec - 56
  • Rec Yards - 710
  • Rec TD - 5
  • Fumbles - 1

KJ Hamler

KJ Hamler is a dynamic athlete with speed to burn. His lack of size means that the offense will most likely scheme him touches to get him into space.

Hamler's drops are a concern as he had 9 in 2019 for Penn State. However, look for him to produce big plays for an offense that desperately needs someone to take the top off of the defense for Sutton, Jeudy, and Fant to work underneath.

  • Pass Rec - 30
  • Rec Yards - 400
  • Rec TD - 2
  • Fumbles - 1

Tim Patrick

Tim Patrick will produce on third downs and maybe leaned on quite a bit early in the season. He will most likely lose out on opportunities as Jeudy and Hamler begin to gain traction in the offense.

  • Pass Rec - 24
  • Rec Yards - 270
  • Rec TD - 2
  • Fumbles - 0

DaeSean Hamilton

DaeSean Hamilton has a positive rapport with

  • Pass Rec - 15
  • Rec Yards - 150
  • Rec TD - 1
  • Fumbles - 0
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Noah Fant

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 27: Khari Willis #37 of the Indianapolis Colts breaks up a pass to Noah Fant #87 of the Denver Broncos in the end zone during the second quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 27, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

The Broncos saw Noah Fant come into his own towards the end of the 2019 season. Fant, a physical specimen began to gain confidence after a tough start to the season.

Fant showed that he is a play-maker with the ball as he brought in 562 receiving yards to rank sixth and his 8.9 YPT.

Look for an uptick in production as Fant gets featured more by offensive coordinator Pat Shurmer. Shurmur's offense utilizes the tight end position in a variety of ways in the passing game.

  • Pass Rec - 62
  • Rec Yards - 710
  • Rec TD - 5
  • Fumbles - 1

Nick Vannett

Nick Vannett was brought in to block in complement to Fant's receiving ability. I assume his production will be pretty low this year barring injuries.

  • Pass Rec - 10
  • Rec Yards - 80
  • Rec TD - 0
  • Fumbles - 0

Albert Okwuegbunam

Albert Okwuegbuman has quiet the connection with Drew Lock from their time at Missouri, however, his impact may not be realized this year as he gains more experience in the pro game. Look for Okwuegbunam's real production to be realized in 2021 and beyond.

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  • Pass Rec - 8
  • Rec Yards - 60
  • Rec TD - 1
  • Fumbles - 0