The Denver Broncos wrapped up their 2017 OTAs on Thursday and will get the weekend off before returning next week to begin mandatory mini-camp. With so many new faces on both the coaching staff and the roster, these last three weeks of OTAs offered up the opportunity to get a feel for the shape of the 2017 Broncos.
What did we learn?
The First-Round QB Rises
Arguably the biggest takeaway is the development of second-year quarterback Paxton Lynch. While it’s too early to get too carried away, Lynch’s performance thus far has been highly encouraging.
The former first-rounder received five days to work with the first team offense and he made the most of them. Many prognosticators wrote Lynch off long before the Broncos ever got back to practicing, but with OTAs in the books, Trevor Siemian will enter mini-camp knowing that Lynch is poised to give him a true run for his money.
Defense Returning To Dominance
In another takeaway, for those concerned that the vaunted Broncos defense was going to take a step back with the exodus of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, all signs point to this unit actually taking a big step forward under Joe Woods. The defense, as a group, has been the star of OTAs, although that doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
They’ve made it exceedingly difficult for the Broncos offense to get in a groove, but that should only serve to make Mike McCoy's unit better in 2017. Due to their No. 1 pass defense, Denver finished in the top-5 last year as a unit.
But with the new additions in personnel and on the coaching side, don’t be surprised if the Broncos return to their dominant form of 2015.
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