4 George Paton offseason additions already paying off for Denver Broncos

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Denver Broncos general manager George Paton had a massive offseason in 2022. He made a blockbuster trade for quarterback Russell Wilson, was very active in free agency, and had nine draft picks to work with in the 2022 NFL Draft. Although we’re only two games into the 2022 regular season, we’re already seeing some tremendous returns from the investments Paton made six months ago (or more).

Although the obvious here would be to focus on Russell Wilson and how he’s changed the dynamic of this team (though we’re still looking for improvements in some key areas), I want to focus on some of the other major moves the Broncos made in the 2022 offseason and what players are paying off early for this team.

4 key offseason pickups already showing out for the Broncos

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Denver Broncos offseason pickup no. 4: Alex Singleton, LB

This move is another to file under the “in George Paton we trust” category. When the Broncos signed Alex Singleton, a multi-year starter for the Philadelphia Eagles, it felt like an extremely underwhelming move to everyone in Broncos Country. It didn’t seem like Eagles fans were overly upset to see Singleton go, and Broncos fans have been clamoring for a much bigger splash at linebacker for a long time.

Two games into the 2022 regular season, and it looks like the Broncos are pretty lucky to have Singleton on the roster. He’s been a starter and the main communicator for the defense as the team has had to weather injuries to both Jonas Griffith and Josey Jewell, the projected starters going into the season.

Singleton has responded by leading the team in tackles, breaking up a pair of passes, generating multiple QB pressures, and nearly getting home for sacks on Geno Smith and Davis Mills. It’s been a strong start for Singleton, so much so that we should all be wondering what his role might end up being when Jewell and Griffith are both at full strength.