ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—With the opening game of the regular season just days away, the Denver Broncos have announced their 2015 team captains. They are as follows:
Offense: Peyton Manning (14th season as team captain—4th as Broncos captain)
Analysis: As the current face of the franchise, Manning makes perfect sense as one of the team captains. The team's 2015 fortunes hinge on the health and production of their 39-year-old, five-time league MVP quarterback. There's no doubt his teammates respect him. Key for Manning, however, will be connecting with the young players in the locker room.
Defense: DeMarcus Ware (7th season as team captain—2nd as Broncos captain)
Analysis: Ware also comes as no surprise, as the elder statesman of the defense. Coming off a Pro Bowl season, Ware has passion for passing down his knowledge and tricks of the trade to young, hungry players, who are willing to listen. In Wade Phillips's 3-4 defense, Ware will be deployed in a familiar scheme and one that saw him produce career highs with the Dallas Cowboys.
Special Teams: David Bruton (3rd season as team captain)
Analysis: Again, Bruton is voted as a team captain for his leadership and excellence on special teams. Oddly, Bruton did not particularly play well on special teams in the preseason, but he has been stellar in that phase of the game for all six of his NFL seasons. With T.J. Ward's one-game suspension and the departure of Rahim Moore, look for Bruton to be more involved on defense than he ever has before.
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