Denver Broncos: Way too early 2021 roster predictions

Denver Broncos RG #61 Graham Glasgow. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos, Nick Vannett
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Tight End

Not much changes here, as the Broncos let Jake Butt walk and bring back Troy Fumagalli. The only conversation to be had is with Nick Vannett, who underwhelmed as a receiver throughout the season. The Broncos can move off of Vannett and save about $2 Million, per Overthecap.

The Broncos double down on their faith in Albert Okwuegbunam and place him as the second-string tight end. When in “12 personnel”, the Broncos will have a dynamic pairing of Fant and “Albert O”, and will take advantage of opposing defenses keying in on the run.

Offensive Line

Much like the tight end room, the Broncos’ offensive line remains the same as the 2020 projected starters, with right tackle Ja’Wuan James rejoining the group. James will solidify the right tackle position as a starter, but James’ health is certainly a concern for the Broncos.

To compensate James’ questionable health, the Broncos invested a 4th round pick in tackle Daniel Faalele who has great size and strength for the position but could use some refinement in his technique. The Broncos are also hanging onto Calvin Anderson, who showed some potential in limited time, with a spot on the practice squad.

The rest of the line remains the same from 2020, with Lloyd Cushenberry in his second season and Dalton Risner looking to bounce back from a down year. The Broncos continue to show faith in Netane Muti, who will serve as the swing guard. Austin Schlottmann, much like Calvin Anderson, will serve as a reliable option on the practice squad.