Through seven games of the 2022 season, the Denver Broncos couldn’t be in a worse spot. Which players have their stocks up or stock down? Safe to say that the first seven games of the season couldn’t have gone worse for the Denver Broncos. Even with that, there have been some players that have impressed and have their stocks pointing up.
Conversely, there are some players and perhaps coaches who have their stocks pointed down. It’s been a massively disappointing start for a team that surely had playoff aspirations at least. There is no clear fix for the rest of the season and I think it’s a safe bet to punt until 2023.
There is no digging out of this hole in 2022. Which players have their stocks up through seven games, and which have their stocks down?
Stock up and stock down on Broncos through seven weeks
Stock up – Greg Dulcich
I’ll be the first to say that I hated the Greg Dulcich selection, but through two games, he’s already proven to be an effective receiver. He’s caught eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in his two appearances in 2022.
He scored a touchdown in his first career game and already has more receptions than KJ Hamler. He is clearly the top tight end now for Denver and should continue to produce in the receiving game. Perhaps this is the TE1 that Denver has been searching for.
Stock up – Baron Browning
Baron Browning has been magnificent since moving to OLB full-time. His first step is Von Miller-esque. He has 2.5 sacks and seven QB hits. It’s clear that he belongs rushing the passer from the outside and should continue to create QB pressures.
Browning should take over as a weekly starter if Bradley Chubb is dealt before the deadline. He and Randy Gregory would form a hyper-athletic duo off the edge. Browning feels right at home off the EDGE.
Stock up – Patrick Surtain II
Patrick Surtain II was a top-10 cornerback in the NFL last year as a rookie. Now, he’s arguably the best. He is lockdown at this point and has played well in every game this year. PFF thinks of him highly and he should be considered for a first-team All-Pro nod.
His technique is what makes veteran defensive backs take notice. Even as a young second-year player, Surtain’s tape looks that of a seven-year veteran. He is the anchor of an elite passing defense.