Training camp for the Denver Broncos this offseason is going to look a little different for the team. Gone are QBs Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler—along with three key contributors on defense. In place of them, GM John Elway added Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch in addition to another solid draft class and a few key free agent acquisitions.
Gary Kubiak and Elway will have some tough decisions to make at the conclusion of training camp. There will be key battles taking place over the roster, we're gonna take a look at a few players who are on the bubble.
Hillman came back to Denver late in free agency after failing to generate much interest on the open market. The deal he was given by Denver does not guarantee his spot with the team. Denver drafted Devontae Booker in the fourth round and have been and continue to be linked to Arian Foster, who was a top RB in the NFL under Kubiak in Houston.
RB Kapri Bibbs
Bibbs enters his third season with the team and what is likely to be a make or break training camp for him. At Colorado State, Bibbs had a nose for the endzone, recording one of the best seasons a running back has had in college football history. This work earned him a place on the Broncos practice squad the past two seasons, but it's time for Bibbs to show he can contribute on the active roster.
In his second season, Bibbs had a new offensive system to learn. Now he is entering his second season under Kubiak and looks like a different player in OTAs. This is the year where Bibbs either steps up and makes the team or fades away from the league.
RB/FB Juwan Thompson
Thompson is again seeing time at fullback this offseason and if he wants to make the final roster, he will likely have to show an ability to play the position effectively. Couple the uncertainty of his role with his injury issues leads me to believe that Thompson will have an uphill battle to remain in Denver.
WR Cody Latimer
John Elway has had trouble hitting on his second round draft picks thus far. and as was evidenced by the release of Montee Ball in 2015, he is also not afraid to cut his losses. Enter Latimer, who enters his third season with virtually no NFL success.
With a deep group of receivers, Latimer is going have to start showing he was worth the second round pick, or Elway will show him the same door that Ball exited through.
Schofield was terrible in his second season as a Bronco. A move inside to guard could save his job, but the team also drafted the promising guard Connor McGovern out of Missouri. In the end, I think a lack of depth saves Schofield's job, but this is a position that Elway will be looking to upgrade.
The writing was on the wall as soon as the team drafted Riley Dixon out of Syracuse. Colquitt is scheduled to make $4 million this season and the Broncos can save $3.25 million by cutting him at any time prior to the start of the regular season. Dixon will have to fall flat on his face for Colquitt to remain a Bronco.