Broncos careen into another offseason of uncertainty
DENVER (AP) — In early August, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was so impressed by Denver's revamped offense directed by new quarterback Case Keenum that he declared the Broncos would score more points in 2018 than they had in five years.
Thirty a game, 480 total, something the Broncos hadn't done since 2014 when they tallied 482 on the heels of the Peyton Manning-fueled, record-breaking 606-point season.
Undermanned, overmatched Broncos fall behind, lose to 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Broncos looked beleaguered, beat up and undermanned against the lowly San Francisco 49ers.
Overmatched, too? You bet.
Short-handed they were, and it sure showed. Yet on this day, George Kittle might have been too much even if Denver had been at full strength.
Case Keenum got going too late in a 20-14 loss to San Francisco on Sunday, four days after top target Emmanuel Sanders went down with a torn left Achilles tendon in practice Wednesday.
2 newcomers set to play for Denver on Sunday
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos didn't bring cornerback Jamar Taylor and wide receiver Andre Holmes on board this week just to fill in at practice.
"They're both dressing" Sunday at San Francisco, coach Vance Joseph said. "You're going to see Andre out there playing (special) teams and playing on the offense. Jamar is going to be our fourth corner this week."
Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hurt
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Although the schedule gets easier for the Denver Broncos this month, the degree of difficulty in reaching the playoffs keeps going up.
The Broncos (6-6) lost leading wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a ruptured left Achilles tendon on Wednesday. He was hurt in a non-contact drill at the beginning of practice.
Case Keenum finds comfort level in Denver’s offense
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Case Keenum has a simple answer for why none of his passes were picked off in November after throwing interceptions in each of his first eight games as the Denver Broncos' new quarterback.
"I'm throwing it to our guys, not throwing it to the other team," Keenum said. "Who knew?"
It's actually more than just Keenum taking care of the football.
"I just think he's getting comfortable with the system," receiver Emmanuel Sanders said.
FANTASY PLAYS: New key roles for those left after NFL trades
This has been one of the more active NFL trade deadlines for fantasy purposes.
Fans of Houston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are assuredly excited by their new players, picking up Demaryius Thomas, Golden Tate and Ty Montgomery. However, it's the teams that traded those players that will likely provide the most opportunity for fantasy value.
Broncos trade wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to Texans
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas' trade from the Denver Broncos to the Houston Texans wasn't so much a good-bye as a see-you-later.
As in Sunday, when the Texans (5-3) visit the Broncos (3-5).
"I thought about it, yeah," general manager John Elway said Tuesday. "But, ultimately, we had to look past that and (we) thought that it wouldn't affect our game."
Broncos return 2 interceptions for TDs, beat Cardinals 45-10
Von Miller vowed his Denver Broncos would kick the Arizona Cardinals' behind, except he didn't say behind.
Consider it a promise kept.
Emmanuel Sanders threw and caught touchdown passes, Denver returned two interceptions for first-quarter touchdowns and the Broncos snapped a four-game losing streak with a 45-10 rout Thursday night.
Emmanuel Sanders’ taunt comes back to haunt Broncos
DENVER (AP) — First, Emmanuel Sanders wagged his right index finger in the face of Rams cornerback Troy Hill . Now, he's pointing it right at himself after Denver's fourth consecutive loss.
After his taunt came back to haunt the Broncos, Sanders accepted the blame for Denver's latest loss in a monthlong tailspin that has fans in the Rocky Mountains bracing for back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1971-72.
Unbeaten Broncos face first road test against Ravens
BALTIMORE (AP) — Unbeaten after two games for the sixth consecutive year, Denver showed its tenacity in a pair of fourth-quarter comebacks at home.
Now it's time to see if the Broncos can win on the road.
Quarterback Case Keenum, record-setting rookie running back Phillip Lindsay, standout receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the NFL's second-ranked offense will be tested Sunday by the Baltimore Ravens, who are 60-21 on their own turf since coach John Harbaugh arrived in 2008.
Broncos are winning again and the Raiders are still losing
DENVER (AP) — Ugly wins are a thing of beauty in Denver, where the Broncos learned all their hard lessons last year in the dreariness of defeat.
"We're sitting here 2-0 but we're struggling," Emmanuel Sanders after the Broncos eked out a 20-19 win over Oakland on Sunday on Brandon McManus' 36-yard field goal with 6 seconds left.
Broncos’ 2018 draft class already earning high praise
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Rookie receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton are the Denver Broncos' new safety valves, applying the pressure but also relieving the burden on veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders .
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have signed Mark Chapman, a rookie wide receiver from Central Michigan University who was the top overall selection in the 2018 Canadian Football League draft.
Chapman didn't sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and now is taking a longshot at playing in the NFL, an opportunity that arose after two receivers failed to report to training camp this week.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos held linebacker Shane Ray out of workouts Monday due to a sore wrist.
Ray broke his left wrist in July and underwent three surgeries that caused him to miss the opening six games in 2017. He had one sack over the next eight contests before going back on injured reserve.
Denver coach Vance Joseph said Ray's wrist was irritated and the team is "taking it slow. Just being smart with guys. It's the spring."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — When Emmanuel Sanders returned from vacation to start the Denver Broncos' offseason training program, he went straight to the team store and loved what he saw.
Hanging off the racks were No. 4 Case Keenum jerseys.
For the first time since Peyton Manning's retirement after Super Bowl 50, the Broncos entered their offseason training program certain of who will be under center after signing Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal and declaring him the starter.
Broncos add 2 big bangers on offense in Sutton, Freeman
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — On Day 2 of the NFL draft, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway began fixing the mess on offense, selecting two big bangers in SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton in the second round and Oregon running back Royce Freeman in the third.
"Well, we got better on the offensive side, no question," Elway said Friday night after adding Sutton (6-foot-4, 218 pounds) and Freeman (6-foot, 238 pounds).
Each day leading up to the 2018 NFL draft, I’ll break down one of my top 50 prospects. In some cases, we had to make tough omissions because of injuries, poor pre-draft workouts or incomplete information. For more complete scouting reports on all the prospects, check out the Pro Football Weekly 2018 Draft Guide, which is available for order now.
John Elway says Case Keenum was his main man all along
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Kirk Cousins was the unequivocal jewel of this year's free agent quarterback class in just about everyone's mind but John Elway's.
"We got our guy," the Denver Broncos general manager said Friday at Case Keenum's introductory news conference. "We got the guy that was our target."
Even though Keenum was No. 1 in Elway's eyes, he was viewed over the last several weeks as something of a runner-up even in the Broncos locker room.
Denver Broncos free agency capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: ILBs Todd Davis and Corey Nelson; DEs Jared Crick and Billy Wynn; QB Brock Osweiler; WR Cody Latimer; TE Virgil Green; RB Jamaal Charles; OL Allen Barbre; OT Donald Stephenson; G Billy Turner.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: G Shaquil Barrett; WR Bennie Fowler; C Matt Paradis.
Friday nights Rolling Stone magazine party at International Market Square was one of those Super Bowl week shindigs where the crowd spent more time looking around the room than it did watching the performances. Too bad, because the live sets by hip-hop stars Migos and T-Pain both were rock-solid, while the celebrity spotting wasnt exactly super-exciting.
Broncos rule out receivers Sanders and Latimer
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Injured wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer didn't make the Denver Broncos' trip to Washington and will miss Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Sanders has been dealing with a sprained ankle and Latimer a bruised thigh. They were listed as questionable this week.
Saints facing high-powered Rams without top 2 cornerbacks
The New Orleans Saints are facing Jared Goff and the high-powered Rams without their top two cornerbacks.
Marshon Lattimore is out with an ankle injury, and Ken Crawley has an abdominal injury. Lattimore is missing only his second game of the season, while Crawley had played in every game during the Saints' eight-game winning streak after missing New Orleans' two season-opening losses.
Broncos missing Sanders, Chiefs missing Duvernay-Tardif
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Broncos remain without wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the Chiefs are missing offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif for their important AFC West showdown Monday night.
Sanders was a longshot to play after hurting his ankle in a loss to the Giants on Oct. 15, while Duvernay-Tardif practiced this week but is still missing his fourth straight game with a knee injury.
Both teams activated key players off injured reserve earlier in the day.
Receiver River Cracraft says he’s signed with Broncos
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Former Washington State slot receiver River Cracraft tweeted Tuesday that he's joined the injury-ravaged Denver Broncos, who lost Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie to ankle injuries last weekend.
Cracraft caught 218 passes for 2,701 yards and 20 touchdowns over four seasons for the Cougars. He went undrafted in April after missing the last three games of his senior season with a torn ACL.
Broncos insist star receivers will get their chances
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Emmanuel Sanders called Denver "wide receiver heaven" after Mike McCoy returned this year for a second stint as the Broncos' offensive architect.
It hasn't exactly been nirvana for Sanders and fellow star Demaryius Thomas so far.
Blanketed by defensive backs, the veteran receivers have combined for just 38 catches and two touchdowns.
Sanders has both of the scores but his 20 catches for 190 yards work out to 9.5 yards per catch, well below his career average of 13.4.
Another guy trying to prove himself at camp is former Louisiana Tech receiver Carlos Henderson. The rookie is making some noise in Denver though, scoring three touchdowns at Broncos practice Thursday and continuing to impress ever since the pads came on.
Henderson knows what he needs to do to make the Broncos roster and is looking at veteran Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders for guidance.
Neither Broncos quarterback is gaining on the other
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — On a day Jamaal Charles made his first training camp appearance in 7-on-7 drills, the Denver Broncos' quarterback competition remained stuck in neutral.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Linebacker Zaire Anderson popped Steven Ridley and the Denver Broncos' fortified offensive line wasn't having any of it.
Still seething from the big hit absorbed by Emmanuel Sanders a day earlier, the big men sprinted to the sideline Monday and the first scuffle of training camp was underway.
The tough talk persisted after the players were separated.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Patience, people.
Pro Bowl receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders recently added their voices to the din of Broncos fans calling for a quick resolution to Denver's quarterback quandary .
CHICAGO (AP) — NFL owners cut the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during the regular season, but also gave players plenty of leeway to celebrate after a touchdown.
The two moves are expected to result in more tie games and much more elaborate end zone dance parties.
"I always planned all my celebrations," said Denver's Emmanuel Sanders, already known for his flamboyant TD celebrations, including one that drew a fine last season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Emmanuel Sanders called Denver "wide receiver heaven" back when he joined the Broncos in 2014. He's counting on Mike McCoy bringing back nirvana to the Rocky Mountains in 2017.
Running routes called by Adam Gase and catching passes from Peyton Manning, Sanders posted career highs with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season with the Broncos.
Kubiak keeps defending Norwood but won’t rule out change
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Gary Kubiak isn't backing down from his defense of Jordan Norwood. He does acknowledge, however, that Emmanuel Sanders could return punts as the Denver Broncos scramble to get into the playoffs over the holidays.
Rookie speedster Kalif Raymond provided a much-needed spark on special teams against Jacksonville and Tennessee after being promoted from the practice squad following Norwood's two muffed punts in an overtime loss to Kansas City last month.
Week 14 quick takeaways: Denver Broncos drop ball in playoff chase
Here are Arthur Arkush's five quick takeaways from Week 14's noon action:
1. The Broncos inched perilously closer to following up their Super Bowl season by missing the postseason with a 13-10 road loss to the Titans. Denver's defense pitched a second half shutout and riddled Marcus Mariota throughout on the sophomore passer's worst day as a pro. Yet Denver's pass catchers not named Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders dropped the ball during the Broncos' late comback bid.
Sanders, Thomas thrive off competing against each other
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are typically competitive teammates, eagerly comparing stats after Broncos games to boast about who collected more catches or gained more yards.
While the Pro Bowl receivers also cheer each other's successes, they even turn their celebrations into contests.
"When he scored his touchdown, he almost knocked me out," Sanders said. "I almost caught a concussion because of chest bumping him. I didn't realize how strong he was."
Siemian won’t find anyone griping about him this week
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — There won't be any griping from Trevor Siemian's critics this week, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas included.
In leading Denver (3-0) to a 29-17 win at Cincinnati on Sunday, Siemian became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in his first road start.
Siemian shows that Broncos have all they need in 29-17 win
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Broncos' defense was back in force, led by Super Bowl MVP Von Miller.
The offense has gifted receivers with Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. C.J. Anderson was there to run the ball.
Could they even come close to replacing Peyton Manning? That was Denver's overriding question heading into the season. In his first road game, Trevor Siemian answered emphatically and impressively.
Broncos pick on CB Pacman Jones in 29-17 win over Bengals
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Broncos went right at Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, and got him.
Denver put in several plays designed specifically to get Jones caught out of position, and they wound up with a pair of long touchdown passes during a 29-17 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees decided against holding out for the lengthy contract extension he coveted and took one for the team.
Brees agreed to a new contract that keeps him in New Orleans through the 2017 season, and a person familiar with the deal says it guarantees the record-setting QB $44.3 million over the next two years.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders agrees to new deal
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Emmanuel Sanders and the Denver Broncos agreed on a three-year, $33 million contract extension Wednesday on the eve of the season opener.
With the deal, which runs through 2019, general manager John Elway checked off the final box on his offseason to-do list, which included finding Peyton Manning's successor (Trevor Siemian) and signing a trio of stars to long-term deals: linebackers Von Miller and Brandon Marshall and Sanders.
Carolina has 2 rookie CBs, but Broncos had a major makeover
DENVER (AP) — Cam Newton and Von Miller won't be watching much film of Super Bowl 50 as they prepare for Thursday night's NFL kickoff between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.
The Panthers don't really want to relive the nightmare, and the Broncos don't want to live in the past.
Besides, "it's two completely different teams," Newton explained.
The Panthers return 18 of 22 starters, the Broncos just 13.
Denver Broncos Preview Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (15-4)
New faces: LT Russell Okung, P Riley Dixon, RT Donald Stephenson, QB Paxton Lynch, DE Jared Crick, DE Adam Gotsis, S Justin Simmons, RB Devontae Booker, FB Andy Janovich.
Key losses: QB Peyton Manning, QB Brock Osweiler, DE Malik Jackson, ILB Danny Trevathan, P Britton Colquitt, S David Bruton Jr., TE Owen Daniels, S/KR Omar Bolden.
Young WRs impressing at Broncos training camp
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Bennie Fowler isn't content to be known as the guy who caught Peyton Manning's last NFL pass. With the work he's putting in during training camp, the Denver Broncos wideout is planning on hauling in more receptions this season.
Fowler is one of several young receivers competing for the No. 3 spot behind veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in coach Gary Kubiak's offense. Cody Latimer, Jordan Norwood and Jordan Taylor also have made an...
Denver Broncos have a wealth of options at wide receiver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver coach Gary Kubiak says that in his 32 years in the NFL he's never seen this much depth or deftness at wide receiver.
"I've said from day one: that really has the chance to be the strength of our team," Kubiak said Sunday. "It's going to be really hard to make our team at that position."
Last year, there were Pro Bowlers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and not much else, as those two pass catchers accounted for 80 percent of the...