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The Denver Broncos released their first depth chart of 2014, in advance of their 2014 season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Here it is in its entirety, as well as initial reactions and analysis.

OFFENSE
POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
WR Demaryius Thomas Andre Caldwell

LT Ryan Clady Paul Cornick
LG Orlando Franklin Ben Garland
C Manny Ramirez Will Montgomery
RG Louis Vasquez Ben Garland
RT Chris Clark Michael Schofield
TE Julius Thomas Virgil Green Jacob Tamme
WR Emmanuel Sanders Cody Latimer

WR Wes Welker Isaiah Burse
QB Peyton Manning Brock Osweiler

RB Montee Ball Ronnie Hillman C.J. Anderson Juwan Thompson
DEFENSE
POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
LDE Derek Wolfe Malik Jackson

DT Sylvester Williams Mitch Unrein

NT Terrance Knighton Marvin Austin
RDE DeMarcus Ware Quanterus Smith

SLB Von Miller Lerentee McCray

MLB Nate Irving Steven Johnson Lamin Barrow
WLB Danny Trevathan Brandon Marshall Corey Nelson
LCB Aqib Talib Bradley Roby Tony Carter
RCB Chris Harris Jr. Kayvon Webster Omar Bolden
SS T.J. Ward Quinton Carter
FS Rahim Moore David Bruton

SPECIAL TEAMS
POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
K Brandon McManus
P Britton Colquitt
LS Aaron Brewer
PR Isaiah Burse Wes Welker
KR Andre Caldwell Omar Bolden


Notes:

  • Ben Garland is your backup left and right guard. Elway also mentioned him working at center if needed. His versatility is one of the reasons why he has made the Broncos
  • The Running back order has not changed. Montee Ball is your starter with Ronnie Hillman second, C.J Anderson third, and Juwan Thompson being forth. It will be interesting to see how they use these guys going forward
  • Paul Cornick and rookie Michael Schofield are your backup tackles. There isn't a ton of experience there so I am a little concerned about that. Though if Clady or Clark were to go down the Broncos have versatility amongst their starters to replace those guys.
  • Steven Johnson is ahead of rookie Lamin Barrow on the Inside Linebacker depth chart. That's a little surprising to me, but Fox does tend to bury rookies on the depth chart early on.
  • The Broncos decided to go with six corners and four safeties. I assumed it would be five corners and five safeties, but they clearly did not agree with me. It will be interesting to see who is the game day inactive between Bolden and Tony Carter on game days
  • Your kick and punt returners are Andre Caldwell and Isaiah Burse.
Go Broncos!

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