Denver Broncos defensive position group rankings in 2022
Denver Broncos position group no 2: Safeties
This group is talented at the top and bottom of the depth chart.
Leading the way for the safeties is Justin Simmons, who was a second-team Al-Pro in 2021. Simmons led the team with five interceptions, which he had back-to-back seasons dating back to 2020.
Along with 12 pass deflections, Simmons continued to be a fine fit in the run game as well with 80 tackles.
Down from his 90+ number in the previous three seasons, but that is no concern. Simmons is an incredible player and if it were not for Patrick Surtain II, I would say he is the clear-cut best defender for the Denver Broncos in 2022.
That isn’t saying I think Justin Simmons has lost a step, it is stating Patrick Surtain II is going to be that good.
Kareem Jackson was brought back on a one-year deal where I think he can excel as a potential “dime backer” playing in the slot, fitting in on the run along with K’Wuan Williams.
Caden Sterns and Kareem Jackson will probably split time at the other starting safety spot, while I expect Jasckon to get the nod early.
Around midseason is when I could see Jackson filling in more on the six DB look IF Caden Sterns continues his growth from last season. Having two long and rangy safeties like Caden Sterns and Justin Simmons keeping everything in front of them will be key against teams that love to stretch the field.
Delarrin Turner-Yell was drafted to compete for a spot, along with returning safeties, Jamar Johnson and P.J. Locke. J.R. Reed was also signed in free agency, but I expect his contribution to be in a strong special teams role.