Denver Broncos: Offensive players that could shock in preseason

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Denver Broncos, Damarea Crockett
Denver Broncos running back Damarea Crockett. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos have some solidified playmakers on offense. Which players could make roster decisions difficult with big preseason performances?

After a couple of joint practices, the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings will come together for a preseason game on Saturday afternoon. Although everyone will agree the preseason doesn’t hold a candle to regular season NFL action, preseason games are an absolute blast because you get to see basically the entire roster competing for roster spots in game situations.

There were no preseason games in 2020 due to the pandemic, which robbed us all of the opportunity to see young players develop in critical situations.

It also had a tremendous effect league-wide on players getting actual opportunities to make their case for 53-man roster spots. In some ways, it wasn’t all bad because teams had to really rely on their scouting during practice and bank on college scouting reports or previous work players had done.

In many ways, however, you can’t help but wonder how different things may have been.

There will be just three preseason games in 2021 with the regular season expanding to 17 games. We’re going to take a look at some offensive players that could shock everyone and potentially earn 53-man roster spots with strong preseason play.

Denver Broncos offensive players that could shock in preseason games

1. Damarea Crockett, RB

Everyone in Denver is pumped to see rookie Javonte Williams, and rightfully so. Williams was considered the RB1 of the 2021 class by the Denver Broncos’ front office, and he has special abilities.

He will undoubtedly be a player to watch over the course of the preseason, as will free agent pickup Mike Boone.

Heck, even Royce Freeman is intriguing due to the potential of him being traded in the coming weeks.

So who in the world is Damarea Crockett?

Get to know the name.

Crockett has made some nice plays in training camp even though the defense is not allowed to tackle guys to the ground. He has looked explosive and has done a good job of reading blocks, staying patient, and getting to the second level quickly.

The preseason is a hotbed for running back success. Every year, just about every NFL team is going to have a running back go off in the preseason. What the Denver Broncos will want (need) to see from Damarea Crockett is three down abilities.

The former Missouri Tigers back and Drew Lock teammate ran a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash with a 37-inch vertical jump. He’s a gym rat who excels at creating yardage after contact.

I think he’s going to be an absolute blast to watch with some extended preseason work.