Denver Broncos: 3 players who need a strong finish to 2020

Drew Lock, QB #3 of the Denver Broncos Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Michael Ojemudia, Denver Broncos
Michael Ojemudia, CB #23 for the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Michael Ojemudia, CB

The cornerback position is arguably the Denver Broncos’ top area of need heading into the 2021 offseason, but then again, maybe not.

The Broncos have AJ Bouye and Bryce Callahan under contract for at least one more season and they have a promising young nickel defensive back in Essang Bassey, fresh off of his first NFL interception against the New Orleans Saints.

The Broncos also clearly think highly of rookie third-round pick Michael Ojemudia, who will be thrust back into the starting lineup after a foot injury suffered by Callahan against the New Orleans Saints.

Ojemudia, for however long this new opportunity lasts, needs to take advantage.

Ojemudia was benched after a rough outing against the Atlanta Falcons on the road, and he has barely seen the field since that time.

As a matter of fact, he didn’t play at all against the Raiders or Dolphins, but he played 25 snaps against the Saints when Callahan went down.

Ojemudia has proven himself as a legitimate outside corner in the NFL this season, allowing under 59 percent of passes to be completed in his coverage with five pass breakups. He’s also got a pair of forced fumbles this season.

With that said, he’s given up three touchdowns and has a number of penalties, even though some of those have been questionable.

Ojemudia has the talent to be a full-time player, but he needs to play well over this final stretch of games to prove that he can be part of the solution whenever the Broncos graduate these older defensive backs out of the system.