Ranking Denver Broncos tight ends and running backs among AFC West

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The Denver Broncos’ offensive skill players are very good, but where in the AFC West do their tight ends and running backs rank?

The third article in this series will rank the Denver Broncos’ tight ends and running backs in the AFC West.

With Noah Fant being shipped to Seattle in the Russell Wilson trade, the Denver Broncos are expected to trot out Albert Okwuegbunam, Greg Dulich, Eric Tomlinson, and Andrew Beck for the 2022 season.

Dulcich was drafted in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft and is expected to be Fant’s replacement if all goes well.

Dulcich is a lot like Albert O, both players struggle a bit as blockers but are excellent receivers.

I’ll also be ranking the running backs as well.  Denver might have the best duo in the NFL with Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon.

The AFC West is filled with talented players, especially on offense.

We could reasonably expect this division to sport four top 10 offenses when the season is over. Even though the offenses are set to be lethal, each one has a bit of a weakness on paper.

Anything can happen when the season begins; weaknesses can become strengths.

For now, let’s take a stab at ranking the running backs and tight ends for each team in the AFC West

Where do Denver Broncos tight ends and running backs rank?

4. Los Angeles Chargers

I think the Chargers have the fourth-best group of running backs and tight ends in the NFL.  They seem to be replacing Jared Cook with Gerald Everett, who has never had 500 receiving yards in a season.

Their running backs are also a bit top-heavy.  Austin Ekeler is one of the best overall running backs in the NFL.  He’ll get a ton of touches and could even function as a slot receiver.

Outside of their RB1 and TE1, no one else on their roster within these groups are scaring anyone.  Again, as I’ve said in previous pieces on these rankings, Justin Herbert and the Chargers will have no issue moving the ball.

He’s an elite thrower who can surely produce no matter who is on the field.

But, the RB/TE duo of Austin Ekeler/Gerald Everett is a distant fourth in the lethal AFC West.