The Broncos selected SMU WR Courtland Sutton with the 40th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Sutton certainly checks the size and athleticism boxes. He measured 6’3, 218 pounds and registered a 94th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He was particularly impressive in the agility drills, which matches the tape. Sutton is extremely quick and agile for a man of his size. He’s coming off back-to-back 1,000+ yard, 10+ TD campaigns — although it’s worth noting that LSU transfer Trey Quinn finished with more targets, catches, yards and TDs this past year. Sutton isn’t a finished product — his route running needs work and he should be better in contested situations — but that frame and athleticism give him 1 of the highest ceilings in this WR class. Sutton is blocked by Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders for now and doesn’t project to have much 2018 fantasy value. But Thomas will be 31 in December and Sanders turned 31 this past March. Both guys are also cuttable next offseason with less than $3 million in dead money.
The Broncos have fired OC Mike McCoy. Someone had to take the fall with Denver sitting 24th in points per game. Of course, the QB play has been a much bigger issue than the play-calling. McCoy will be replaced by QB coach Bill Musgrave. He helped the Raiders to top-7 finishes in yards and points last year -- but he obviously had much more talent at his disposal. Don't expect a significant turnaround for this Denver offense.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (calf) was removed from the final Week 7 injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. That suggests he’ll be somewhere close to 100% for this weekend’s game against the Chargers. He faces a tough matchup against CB Casey Hayward but is a good bet for double-digit targets with WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) out.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (calf) was on the practice field Thursday after sitting out the previous day. He'll likely be listed as limited but is on track to play against the Chargers this weekend. It remains to be seen how close to 100% he'll be. We'll get another update tomorrow.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (leg) did not practice on Wednesday. He played through the issue on Sunday night but was noticeably hobbled. Thomas figures to play against the Chargers this weekend, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on his health.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) has been practicing in full this week and is good to go for Monday night’s opener. He’s a borderline WR1 against a Chargers team he’s caught 5+ balls against in 6 straight meetings.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (groin) practiced on Wednesday, according to the Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala. The groin injury Thomas suffered in the 3rd preseason game never seemed serious, and he's on track to play against the Chargers on Monday night. He'll be a strong WR2 for that one.
NFL Network's Jesse Palmer reports there's "no concern" about the groin injury that forced Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas from Saturday night's preseason game. "More precautionary than anything," Palmer adds. We'll keep an eye on Thomas going forward, but he sounds safe to continue drafting as a rock steady WR2.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas left Saturday's game against the Packers with a groin injury. The team ruled him out for the rest of the game, though Thomas didn't seem to be getting a ton of trainer attention on the sideline. We'll keep an eye out for an official diagnosis and/or further details.
Broncos insider Mike Klis believes the team will go pass-heavy in 2017. "It’s pretty much the same offense [OC Mike] McCoy passed down to Adam Gase in 2013 and 2014, when Peyton Manning handed off only to allow receivers like Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to catch their breath," Klis wrote discussing the 2017 scheme. Those Denver offenses weren't quite as pass-happy as Klis believes. The 2013 Broncos ranked 2nd in pass attempts and 10th and pass rate. The 2014 version finished 9th in attempts and 16th in rate. If the Broncos approach that territory this year, though, it'd be a shift from last year, when they ranked 17th in attempts and 18th in rate. That'd be good news for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who have been nice values in early fantasy football drafts.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas conceded to The Denver Post this week that a hip issue bothered him for much of last season. “It was tough. Sometimes I couldn’t stop. Sometimes I couldn’t run certain routes that I wanted to run. Sometimes I couldn’t get off press (coverage) because I had no power in it,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t my excuse. I was out there trying to help my teammates out and trying to make it not look bad on my part.” He didn't miss any games, but Thomas did post a career low in yards per reception, along with his fewest catches and TDs in his 5 seasons as a full-time starter. Thomas had no surgery in the offseason but said that the hip feels great right now. He also intimated that a hit to the wrong spot could force a recurrence. There's bounce-back potential as long as Thomas' offseason continues to go well, and he's going in value range in early drafting. We'll certainly keep an eye on the hip into the season.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is happy to have OC Mike McCoy back in the building. DT played under McCoy from 2010 to 2012. That final season produced a breakout 94-1,434-10 line -- albeit with Peyton Manning under center. Thomas is especially excited to get the ball in his hands more often on WR screens. Those helped him rank 2nd among WRs with 561 yards after the catch back in 2012. That number sunk to 336 last year -- 25th at his position. Still in his prime at 29, Thomas is certainly capable of matching or even besting last year's 16th-place PPR finish this season. He's been the 19th WR off the board in recent MFL10 drafts.
The Broncos have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC. It's a homecoming after McCoy spent the 2009-2012 seasons in the same role. His QBs during that stretch ranged from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. McCoy was able to coax top-15 finishes in total yards and passing yards out of the Orton-led squads. With Tebow in 2011, Denver ranked 1st in rushing attempts and yards but 31st in passing and 23rd in total offense. McCoy's 2012 season with Manning produced a #4 finish in total yards and #2 in points. McCoy struggled as the Chargers' HC for the past 4 years, producing a 27-37 record (although injuries did him no favors). All 4 of those squads led by QB Philip Rivers ranked top 10 in passing yards. McCoy is widely regarded as 1 of the better offensive minds in the game, so this is a nice hire for Denver. He seems to lean toward a pass-heavy attack but has shown the willingness and ability to adjust his scheme. We'll see what he has in mind for this Broncos attack.
The Broncos have hired Vance Joseph as their new HC. The 44-year-old spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator after numerous stops as a defensive backs coach in both college and the pros. We'll see who he brings aboard to run the offense.
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas drew a team-high 16 targets in Sunday's loss to the Titans. He caught 10 of them for 126 yards. Denver got nothing from it's run game and figures to need to lean on the pass heavily in upcoming matchups with the Patriots, Chiefs and Raiders. This marked the 2nd straight game of 10+ targets for Thomas and 7th among his past 8 contests.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (foot) is active and will start against the Titans’ 27th-ranked QB defense. He’ll play with an orthotic to help with that foot, but his mobility still figures to be limited. The matchup, though, makes him an option in 2-QB leagues. Siemian’s return is also good news for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will return to the starting lineup today against the Titans. He missed last week's win over the Jaguars with a foot injury, but HC Gary Kubiak said he looked good in practice all week. He'll carry upside against a Tennessee pass defense that allowed Bears QB Matt Barkley a QB6 fantasy finish last time out. Getting Siemian back should also be good news for the fantasy outlooks of WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (foot) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. HC Gary Kubiak said Friday that he'll make a decision on Siemian after Saturday's walkthrough. Insider Mike Klis believes Siemian is "progressing toward playing." We'll look for an update on Sunday morning. Siemian is just a lower-end QB2, but his return would be good news for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
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