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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / State Of The League: Denver Broncos

State Of The League: Denver Broncos

A First Look at the 2021 Denver Broncos!
Publish Date: 08/22/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
ENGLEWOOD , CO - AUGUST 19: Graham Glasgow (61) and Austin Schlottmann (71) of the Denver Broncos drill during training camp on Thursday, August 19, 2021. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over all 32 teams’ offseason moves, division by division: their player personnel changes, projected preseason depth charts, and more! As we wrap up our “State Of The League” series, we begin our final division, the AFC West, and take a look at the Denver Broncos.

Denver Broncos Preseason Projected Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup
QB Drew Lock Teddy Bridgewater
RB1 Melvin Gordon Royce Freeman
RB2 Javonte Williams Mike Boone
FB Andrew Beck
WR1 Courtland Sutton Tim Patrick
WR2 Jerry Jeudy Trinity Benson
WR3 KJ Hamler Seth Williams
TE Noah Fant Albert Okwuegbunam
LT Garett Bolles Cameron Fleming
LG Dalton Risner Netane Muti
C Lloyd Cushenberry Quinn Meinerz
RG Graham Glasgow Quinn Meinerz
RT Bobby Massie Calvin Anderson
DL Dre’Mont Jones Shamar Stephen
NT Mike Purcell DeShawn Williams
DL Shelby Harris McTelvin Agim
OLB Von Miller Malik Reed
ILB A.J. Johnson Josh Watson
ILB Josey Jewell Justin Strnad
OLB Bradley Chubb Jonathon Cooper
CB1 Kyle Fuller Ronald Darby
CB2 Patrick Surtain II Michael Ojemudia
CB3 Bryce Callahan Kary Vincent Jr.
FS Justin Simmons Caden Sterns
SS Kareem Jackson Jamar Johnson
K Brandon McManus
P Sam Martin
LS Jacob Bobenmoyer
KR Diontae Spencer Tyrie Cleveland
PR Diontae Spencer KJ Hamler

*BOLD player name = Rookie*


Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft Class

Round 1 (9th overall): CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama

Round 2 (35th): RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina

Round 3 (98th): G/C Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Round 3 (105th): LB Baron Browning, Ohio State

Round 5 (152nd): S Caden Sterns, Texas

Round 5 (164th): S Jamar Johnson, Indiana

Round 6 (219th): WR Seth Williams, Auburn

Round 7 (237th): CB Kary Vincent Jr., LSU

Round 7 (239th): EDGE Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State

Round 7 (253rd): EDGE Marquiss Spencer, Mississippi State


Denver Broncos Offseason Player Personnel Moves

Expired Contracts
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Jurrell Casey DT 32 DEN Released
Demar Dotson RT 36 DEN
Sylvester Williams DT 33 DEN
Kevin Toliver CB 26 DEN
Jordan Leggett TE 26 DEN
Natrez Patrick LB 24 DEN Released
Tedric Thompson S 26 DEN Released
Peter Kalambayi OLB 26 DEN Released
Player Position Age 2019 Team 2020 Team Acquired via
Kyle Fuller CB 30 CHI DEN Released
Ronald Darby CB 27 WSH DEN Free Agency
Mike Boone RB 26 MIN DEN Free Agency
Shamar Stephen DT 31 MIN DEN Free Agency
Cameron Fleming T 29 NYG DEN Free Agency
Eric Saubert TE 27 JAX DEN Free Agency
Brett Jones C 30 MIN DEN Free Agency
Amara Darboh WR 27 CAR DEN Free Agency
Adrian Killins RB 23 PHI DEN Free Agency
Lorenzo Neal DT NO DEN Free Agency
Saivion Smith CB 24 SEA DEN Free Agency
Rojesterman Farris CB 24 CHI DEN Free Agency
Player Position Age 2019 Team 2020 Team Departed via
A.J. Bouye CB 30 DEN CAR Released
Elijah Wilkinson G 26 DEN CHI Free Agency
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB 28 DEN CHI Free Agency
Phillip Lindsay RB 27 DEN HOU Free Agency
Nick Vannett TE 29 DEN NO Released
Ja’Wuan James RT 29 DEN BAL Released
Austin Calitro ILB 27 DEN CHI Free Agency
Jake Butt TE 26 DEN CHI Free Agency
Alijah Holder S 25 DEN DET Free Agency
Joe Jones OLB 27 DEN TB Free Agency
Jeff Driskel QB 28 DEN HOU Free Agency
DeMarcus Walker DE 27 DEN HOU Free Agency
Patrick Morris C 26 DEN TEN Free Agency
Kyle Peko DT 28 DEN TEN Free Agency
Joel Heath DT 28 DEN DET Free Agency
Darrin Paulo T 24 DEN DET Free Agency
Will Parks S 27 DEN KC Free Agency
Fred Brown WR 28 DEN TEN Free Agency
DeVante Bausby CB 28 DEN LV Free Agency
Anthony Chickillo OLB 29 DEN Retired
Player Position Age 2019 Team 2020 Team Info / Notes
Justin Simmons FS 28 DEN DEN *Franchise*
Von Miller OLB 32 DEN DEN Club Option – Opt in
Kareem Jackson SS 33 DEN DEN
Shelby Harris DT 30 DEN DEN
A.J. Johnson ILB 30 DEN DEN
Tim Patrick WR 28 DEN DEN
Diontae Spencer WR/KR 29 DEN DEN
Josh Watson LB 25 DEN DEN
Calvin Anderson T 25 DEN DEN
Jonathan Harris DT 25 DEN DEN
Trey Marshall S 25 DEN DEN
Nate Hairston CB 27 DEN DEN
Austin Schlottmann G 26 DEN DEN
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