Denver Broncos: Second year players with bigger roles in 2021

Denver Broncos young TE Albert Okwuegbunam. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos, Tyrie Cleveland
Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (16) warms up before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

5. Tyrie Cleveland, WR

Tyrie Cleveland came into the NFL with a reputation as one of the 2020 NFL Draft’s top special teams players, and he ended up getting plenty of run there for the Denver Broncos as a rookie with 132 special teams reps in 10 games.

He returned 10 kickoffs for the Broncos and averaged 23.4 yards per return, showing he can contribute in that way as well as on the offensive side of the ball with six receptions for 63 yards, including four receptions in the season finale.

Cleveland is a long receiver who runs good routes, has strong hands, and can make plays deep downfield.

The Broncos were planning on DaeSean Hamilton not being in the picture this season and there’s no doubt that Cleveland should be considered the odds-on favorite as the WR5 in the Denver offense.

He will certainly contribute on special teams, but Cleveland could have an expanded role in the offense this season as well, and he should based on what we saw from him last year.

As if the Denver Broncos didn’t already have enough firepower on offense, they have another 6-foot-3 receiver with legit 4.4 speed waiting in the wings who can make an impact on a weekly basis.