3 surprises from the Denver Broncos first unofficial depth chart

Denver Broncos depth chart. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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As NFL teams continue to release their unofficial depth charts early into training camp, the Denver Broncos have some interesting surprises.

As the Denver Broncos gear up for their first preseason game, fans get a first look at what the final 53-man roster might look like this season.

Many NFL teams have released their unofficial 2022 depth charts with the Broncos releasing theirs on Tuesday giving some surprises early on. Unlike last season the biggest question mark that has haunted the Broncos the last few seasons was answered through a trade before training camp started with Russell Wilson listed at the starting quarterback.

Along with the quarterback position, wide receivers Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and KJ Hamler had their spots secured as the starting wide receiver core. The other expected lockdown spots are the entire offensive line and running back committee.

As the unofficial 2022 depth chart looks to be what fans expect, there are some surprises that hint at some fresh changes.

Here are three surprises from the unofficial depth chart.

Denver Broncos, Jonas Griffith
Denver Broncos linebacker Jonas Griffith (50) celebrates after a play in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos depth chart surprise: Jonas Griffith set to be a starter?

The Denver Broncos defense has been consistent for a while with both Vance Joseph and Vic Fagino being defensive masterminds as head coaches. The problem occurred on the offensive end with the conservative play calling causing the Broncos to go a different route with an offensive-minded Nathaniel Hackett as the new HC and new defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero joining him.

Now one question remains… Can the defense still produce like years prior?

An early indication that they will be building off what worked last season with inside linebacker Jonas Griffith set as a starter on the unofficial depth chart. Last year, Griffith found his footing on the team late starting the final four games, a trend that is set to continue.

Griffith has taken a majority of the starting reps over the first 11 practices, giving Griffith a chance to finish off what he started last season. The 25-year-old is set to play his second season with the Broncos after securing 46 total tackles, four tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits. I wouldn’t be shocked if Griffith makes a giant leap this season into an all-pro level.