3 surprises from the Denver Broncos first unofficial depth chart

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May 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Bronco wide receiver Montrell Washington (12) during mini camp drills at UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos depth chart surprise: Finally a kickoff return specialist?

Much like the offense, one of the biggest struggles of the previous Broncos teams has been the special teams, or lack thereof.

One of the biggest surprises is seeing rookie Montrell Washington as the starting kick-off and punt returnee. The fifth-round wide receiver also found himself behind KJ Hamler on the WR depth chart with expectations of becoming one of those weapons who can return kicks and explode for splash plays when his number is called.

Last season the Broncos finished as the worst team in kickoff returns, failing to find any consistency in that department. Bringing in a young speedster in Washington can help change the trend of the special teams with Denver being one of six teams to not have a kickoff return since 2015.

I wouldn’t be shocked if Washington becomes a household name in Denver soon using his speed and Madden-like jukes as his driving force. I expect Washington to secure the spot as the kickoff return specialist and change the dreadful pattern of lackluster kickoffs.

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