After solidifying their 53-man roster and releasing their opening week depth chart, the Denver Broncos have settled on which three players will serve as 2016 team captains.
They are as follows:
Ware has been named a team captain for the third consecutive year. Every year Ware has been with the Broncos, he's been a defensive captain.
The 12th-year player is coming off a season where he notched 7.5 sacks and earned his ninth Pro Bowl selection.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... His performance in the playoffs last year was second only to Von Miller. He tallied 3.5 sacks in the postseason, including two in Super Bowl 50.
He is a consummate professional, a leader within the locker room and a teacher. Even players outside of his position group point to Ware as a guy they go to for advice and direction.
Ware has been battling a back injury this offseason and didn't play any preseason snaps. We'll get to see his 2016 debut on Thursday night when the Carolina Panthers come to town.
2016 will mark the second time in Thomas' seven-year career that he's been named a team captain. Although some point to his 2015 campaign as a "down year", he still eclipsed the 100-catch mark and exceeded 1,300 yards receiving.
With an untested quarterback as the starter, the Broncos will need Thomas' leadership within the offensive huddle. He's never been vocal, but he does lead by example.
Perhaps this year we'll see more fire from Thomas. As one of the youngest teams in the NFL, the Broncos need him to help steady the ship and provide an offensive spark in the box score and the locker room.
Entering his fourth season, Webster has been named a captain for the first time in his career. The Broncos drafted him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Webster is in a contract year. Although he is the special teams captain and de facto ace, he is also expected to carve himself out a bigger role on defense.
Webster really turned the corner as a special teams contributor in 2015 and has carried that laterally to his ability as a defensive back. Expect big things from Webster in 2016.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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