There are a number of new faces in the Mile High City. And it could be very interesting season for the Denver Broncos as they look to end their losing ways.
It’s been a rough few years since the Denver Broncos walked away with the franchise’s third Super Bowl title in 2015. The team hasn’t returned to the playoffs since, the club has finished with a losing record five straight years and in the AFC West basement three times over that span.
The team’s newest head coach is former Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. General manager George Paton gave up draft picks and quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant and defensive end Shelby Harris to pry nine-time Pro Bowl signal-caller Russell Wilson away from the Seattle Seahawks. Newcomer Randy Gregory hopes to bolster the pass rush.
How will it all play out in 2022? Here are three things to keep an eye on.
3. Broncos bold prediction: Javonte Williams totals 1,700-plus yards from scrimmage
He comes off a solid rookie year and appears primed for a strong second NFL campaign. Javonte Williams played in all 17 games for the Denver Broncos a season ago but made only one start. He and Melvin Gordon each totaled 203 carries, the former running for 918 yards and eight scores while Williams finished with 903 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.
The latter also finished fourth on the club with 43 receptions, good for 316 yards and three TDs. All told, the 2021 second-round pick from the University of North Carolina led the Broncos with 1,219 yards from scrimmage. And this season, the 5-foot-10, 220-pound performer will average 100-plus yards from scrimmage and lead the team in total touchdowns.