3 things we learned about Broncos in win over Cowboys

Denver Broncos, Baron Browning - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The Denver Broncos got the preseason off to a winning start, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 17-7 on Saturday night. 

The game featured nearly all backups for both teams so the product we saw on the field during this game is far from what we will see when the games start to count. In addition, things got off to a disastrous start for the Broncos when linebacker Jonas Griffith was hurt on the second play from scrimmage.

But the team pulled together and put on a solid display against the Cowboys, giving fans some hope that if this is how the backups look, the starters could be fantastic. Though it was just a preseason game, the win also extended the Broncos’ dominance in the series against the Cowboys.

Here are three things that we are able to glean from Saturday night’s game.

The Broncos need more at inside linebacker

Denver Broncos, Jonas Griffith
Denver Broncos special teamer Jonas Griffith. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Regardless of the severity of Griffith’s injury, and it looked to be an issue with his elbow, seeing him go down was a reminder of just how shallow the team is at this position.

Josey Jewell is going to be a starter and most fans will likely be satisfied with the combination of Alex Singleton and Justin Strnad. But is that sufficient? What if one of those guys goes down?

Trading for Roquan Smith may be a bit too costly, but the team did work out Joe Schobert not long ago and he would be a suitable option.

This seems to be a position that has either been a tad overlooked or one in which George Paton just felt the team was solid. But the Broncos are going to have issues at this spot all season and you can almost see it coming.

Additionally, it’s a spot where the team has accepted subpar play at for far too long.

There are players that Paton could bring in to help shore it up. Does the team really need 13 wide receivers on the roster right now? Perhaps let one of them go and add more depth at inside linebacker.