The Denver Broncos have a number of players who deserve more playing time early in the 2021 season. We take a look at four specific players.
The Denver Broncos are 3-1 through the first four games of the 2021 season and there is plenty of room for improvement, especially on offense. Through four games, the defense has been outstanding and as-advertised, even with some key players suffering injuries.
The Broncos are on the mend as it relates to injuries, and while some players have been out, others have gotten the opportunity to step in and step up.
Some players are simply too good for Vic Fangio and the coaching staff to leave on the sideline even when key players return.
Which Denver Broncos players deserve more playing time going forward? Let’s take a look at a few players who could be making even more of an impact if they would get more snaps.
Denver Broncos: 5 players who should get more playing time
1. Caden Sterns, S
Over the course of the last three games, Caden Sterns has played a total of 35 defensive snaps. On those snaps, Sterns has racked up five total tackles, two sacks, three passes defended, and an interception.
Against the Baltimore Ravens, Sterns had a pair of sacks and a deep pass breakup on only seven snaps.
To say the rookie fifth-round pick has been impressive would be a drastic understatement. He has been impressive since training camp and was making plays routinely in the preseason as well.
Averaging less than 12 snaps per game over the last three games (with 0 snaps in week one on defense), Sterns is due for some more playing time.
On the latest Locked On Broncos podcast, Cody Roark suggested a potential position swap for Sterns and Kareem Jackson at some point in the near future.
That is a fascinating idea considering how strong Jackson is at playing in the box.
We’ve seen the Denver Broncos shift to more of the dime defensive package this year at times which is evidenced by Sterns’ involvement.
It will be fascinating to see how the team shifts things when Ronald Darby and Michael Ojemudia are back in the fold, but Sterns has proven he’s simply too big of a difference-maker to keep on the sideline.