Top 5 Broncos players to watch against Bills in preseason Week 2

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Denver Broncos player to watch vs. Bills: Brandon Johnson, WR

We’ve already touched a bit on the wide receiver position but it’s worth bringing up again (and again, and again…). One of the top players to watch in this game is going to be undrafted rookie Brandon Johnson, who seems right now to be the favorite for the WR6 position on this roster.

And that could end up being the final receiver position on the roster if the Broncos don’t decide to keep seven guys, which I think would be the right move at this time. You just never know. Johnson did enough in the first preseason game to show that he’s more than just someone who can win on go routes or rack up yards after the catch on a screen play.

He was very good in the team’s two-minute drill, getting positioning on the Cowboys’ defensive backs, showing off his strong hands, and showing even some veteran poise by jumping up quickly to help the officials spot the ball as well as getting out of bounds on one of his receptions to help set up the Brandon McManus field goal.

Johnson has plenty of advocates in Denver, it seems, and at this point, it’s just hard to see the team letting him go barring an extremely disappointing performance over these last two weeks of the preseason.

Some things to look out for:

  • Is Johnson out there with the top special teams units?
  • Is he out there (again) with the top offensive unit?
  • How does he look in the running game as a blocker?

It’s not just about whether or not this guy can catch passes. We’ve seen what he can do there. At this point, it’s now about the details of how he can impact the regular season roster. If he’s out there playing special teams early in the game, you can probably bet that the Broncos are doing everything in their power to convince themselves that he’s worthy of a roster spot.