The 2021 NFL offseason is in full swing, and unlike a year ago at this time, players are able to be out on the field getting work in. This is especially important for the Denver Broncos, who have a very young but talented roster in need of as many reps as they can all get.
New general manager George Paton has done a tremendous job of supplementing the good moves John Elway has made over the last four years, adding and subtracting to give the Denver Broncos as good of a roster as we have seen since 2016, the year after the team won Super Bowl 50.
Paton knows he has one of the league’s top defensive minds in head coach Vic Fangio, and his plan of attack in the 2021 offseason reflected his understanding that the defense in Denver could be a great strength.
It wouldn’t take much film study over the last two years to see how tremendous Fangio is as a defensive game planner and that has been true regardless of what personnel he’s thrown out there. And in the last couple of seasons, he’s really had to make lemonade with the lemons he’s been provided because of injuries and COVID protocols.
The 2021 offseason has rejuvenated hope in Broncos Country, to a degree. Not every fan is on board with the quarterback competition between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, just one of a number of fascinating offseason position battles for this team.
Over the course of the next three months, the Denver Broncos will be able to watch a number of crucial battles unfold on the field as opposed to in Zoom meetings with a full slate of OTAs, training camp, and three preseason games.
What are the most critical and heated position battles in 2021? Let’s take a look.