Denver Broncos 5 most surprising players of the 2022 season
2. Russell Wilson, quarterback
It wasn’t a good year overall for Russell Wilson, and nobody can really sugarcoat that. At least over the last month, we saw some much better play from the Denver Broncos’ QB1 than we had seen early on in the season, although it still certainly wasn’t without flaw.
Wilson had one of the worst years of his football career whether you’re talking about the professional level or otherwise. He acknowledged as much, saying that he didn’t play up to the standard he knows he’s capable of and that he’s played at for a decade among the elite of the elite.
When Wilson arrived in Denver, he was anointed by the fan base and the pressure of being the savior of the organization ultimately weighed him down on the field. At least, that’s what I see from the outside looking in. The good news? In three of the final four games of the season he played, Wilson had three total touchdowns. His 10 total TDs in his final four starts represented more than half of his 19 overall TDs on the season.
3. Latavius Murray, running back
The Denver Broncos were desperate for running back help early in the season with Javonte Williams suffering a knee injury and Melvin Gordon struggling (badly) with fumbles. Latavius Murray was coming off of a nice performance for the Saints in London after being called up from their practice squad, and he was presented with the chance to come to Denver for a more full-time role.
He took it, and he ran with it. Literally. Murray’s 2022 campaign for Denver was very much out of the blue, but it turned out to be a stabilizer for the offense in a variety of ways. He helped the team improve in short-yardage situations, red zone efficiency, and limiting turnovers offensively.