DENVER, COLORADO – NOVEMBER 01: KJ Hamler # 13 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with teammate Albert Okwuegbunam # 85 (Photo by Matthew Stockman / Getty Images)
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio is at a crossroads in his career as he enters his third season as a lead actor and won’t have to claim a win in September.
Fangio is 0-7 in the opening month so far. According to forecasters, however, the Denver Broncos are about to have a successful season (i.e. playoff-bound) and it all starts with the New York Giants kicking off on September 12th. The Broncos are aiming to break the .500 mark for the first time since week 3 of the 2018 season.
As scrolling through multiple websites and publications, the Broncos are the overwhelming choice against the Giants, and one major reason is depth of roster. General Manager George Paton has been hailed for his ability to store talent – so much so that opposing teams are keeping a close eye on the Broncos’ transactions.
Broncos fans and casual fans alike know the popular players in the roster. Guys like outside linebackers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, wideouts Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, running back Melvin Gordon, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and free safety Justin Simmons are well-known merchandise. But if the Broncos are to make waves this season and the 2021 campaign is going to get off to a real start with a win over the Giants, the supporting cast must be consistent.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com is optimistic about the Broncos, especially week 1 , and states that Stars will be Stars, but it will be up to Denver’s unsung defensive line and reworked offensive line to give the Giants more than they can handle.
Prisco says it will be a long time for the Broncos Journey east is but it should thrive anyway, especially because “the defense travels well and the Broncos will have a top defense”.
Josh Edwards, also from CBSSports.com, is high among the Broncos and rookies believes that they can be players with immediate effect. Edwards has two first graders from Denver in his top 10 rankings.
Cornerback Patrick Surtain II, the number 9 Broncos in the 2021 draft, is Edwards’ top ranked rookie.
Edwards says, “Surtain should be a key player added that Surtain II was the best available cornerback contender, and used Surtain II’s pick-six as an endorsement in his very first preseason game.
Surtain II isn’t the only neophyte , expected to have an immediate impact as Edwards named Javonte Williams as his second highest running back. Edwards went on to say that although Williams was a second-round election, the former UNC star was his top-rated running back contender and is expected to “get strong on the track [of the season].”
Broncos Country should expect impact plays from these two rookies, starting with the season opener at MetLife Stadium.
The last two seasons under Fangio were likely met with skepticism, especially because of the unexplained revolving door of the quarterbacks of the opening week and a head coach at first year (63 years) that was on its maiden voyage despite the twilight of his career.
“This is a different team, it’s a different mindset. It’s just a different feeling.” – @VonMiller
Expectations are high for the Broncos, Miller noted. And while he admits to be an optimist by nature, he feels that this squad, this coaching staff, the energy that is being brought back to Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, and even the local media, is making the team feel different.
“This is a different team, it’s a different mindset,” Miller said after training on September 9th. “It’s just a different feeling. You were out here, you saw it. You’ve been here as long as I have. It’s just a different team, it’s just a different feeling. I feel like George Paton really has every single pick under control. Every player has a purpose. I’m excited to see what we do in real live action. ”
Miller and Broncos Country will see what the team can do in real action throughout the season, starting with their much-anticipated battle against the Giants.