Denver Broncos: 5 players trending up early at 2021 training camp

Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Denver Broncos, Melvin Gordon
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos are set for a three-game preseason slate after the early portion of training camp. Which players are trending up so far?

The Denver Broncos are officially in their first preseason game week against the Minnesota Vikings. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but training camp is well underway at this point and even if it’s to be taken with a grain of salt in some areas, the 2021 depth chart is slowly starting to take shape.

Heading into training camp, there have been plenty of high expectations for players on this Broncos roster despite the fact that this team is coming off of its fourth straight losing season.

That’s painful to even type.

New general manager George Paton shopped for quarterbacks this offseason but ultimately opted to just make a minor trade for one of his former first-round picks in Minnesota — Teddy Bridgewater.

With all of the additions and subtractions to the roster as well as players making strides on either side of the ball, which players have done the best job of trending up at camp so far?

Let’s take a look at five guys with stock on the rise right now.

Denver Broncos players trending up at 2021 training camp

1. Melvin Gordon, RB

The Denver Broncos made a few major moves at the running back position in the 2021 offseason.

The team obviously decided to let go of fan-favorite Phillip Lindsay, a move that certainly stung at the time and still stings a little bit.

Just before making the decision to let Phillip Lindsay walk as a free agent, the Broncos signed free agent running back Mike Boone, who had ties to general manager George Paton from their time together in Minnesota.

In addition to bringing in Boone, the Broncos used a second-round draft selection on Javonte Williams, who was the team’s top-ranked running back in the entire 2021 NFL Draft and is a player they obviously have high hopes for.

Despite all of the additions and subtractions, Melvin Gordon has seemingly been trending up this offseason and specifically in camp.

Gordon has established himself as the top dog at the running back position even though some of the other players brought in this offseason have been listed as co-starters if they are in a true camp competition.

Gordon had a solid overall first year in Denver on the field despite some fumbling issues early on. He will be expected to take another leap in year two as he has a few players to fend off for carries and overall touches in the offense.

The former first-round pick has looked explosive and fresh throughout camp, and hopefully coming off of his best season as a runner since a Pro Bowl 2018 campaign, he will continue to trend upward as the regular season draws near.