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Denver Broncos Sign Guard Ben Powers

The Denver Broncos went into day one of free agency with an obvious plan. Get better in the trenches and they did.

The Denver Broncos have made a big move in the off-season, both literally and figuratively signing guard Ben Powers. The deal for the 24-year-old lineman is for 4 yrs and $51.5 MM. He will bring depth and versatility to the Broncos’ offensive line, which struggled at times last season to put it kindly. The biggest stat at first glance being he played in all 18 games including playoffs in 2022. Something no lineman accomplished for the 2022 Denver Broncos who only played 17.

Powers was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with the Ravens, appearing in 47 games and starting 36. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound guard played a key role in Baltimore’s run-heavy offense, paving the way for former MVP Lamar Jackson and a revolving door of running backs that no matter how obscure found giant holes on the way to 100-yard rushing days.

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He is no slouch in pass pro improving to the point of not giving up a single sack in 2022. He told denverbroncos.com reporter Sydney Jones “I take pride in keeping my quarterback clean.”

Powers will join a talented group of offensive linemen in Denver, including Pro Bowlers Garett Bolles and fellow new signing Mike McGlinchey. He’ll most likely take over the left-guard position vacated by current free agent Dalton Risner.

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He is not pigeonholed there with his ability to play both guard positions which will make him a valuable asset for the Broncos. And gives them two guards that can play on either side of the center with third-year player Quinn Meinerz who has spent most of his NFL career at right guard and center. But Meinerz, like Powers, is more than capable of switching between either guard position depending on where new o-line coach Zach Streif deems them best suited in head coach Sean Payton’s new offensive scheme.

The signing of Powers is another step in the right direction for the Broncos, who are looking to build a competitive team after a disappointing 5-12 season in 2022. With a strong offensive line and a talented group of skill players.

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Powers is known for his physicality and aggressive blocking style, which should fit well with the Broncos’ expected run-first offensive approach. His ability to quickly adapt to a new system and work well with his teammates has impressed coaches and teammates alike throughout his career.

Fans are eager to see this new offensive line in action. With the addition of Powers and a number of other promising players, the Broncos are well-positioned to build a strong running game in the upcoming season.

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The signing of Ben Powers is a significant move for the Denver Broncos as they continue to build a strong team for the future. Powers’ impressive work ethic and passion for the game make him a perfect fit for the Broncos’ culture and philosophy. What makes the Broncos a fit for him though? There is nothing quite like the allure of playing closer to home for some players. Powers went to Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School while growing up in Wichita, KS. That is a roughly 7.5-hour drive east from Denver down I-70.

Ben Powers says so himself below in the above-mentioned interview with Denverbroncos.com reporter Sydney Jones:

Denver Broncos Guard Ben Powers Talks Signing With Team

Powers’ versatility and flexibility are also promising qualities that will allow him to contribute in a number of ways. As a versatile guard who can play both sides of the offensive line, Powers will add depth and competition to this group of linemen being amassed in Dove Valley.

In addition to his on-field skills, Powers is also known for his leadership and character, and he he will most likely become a favorite among his new teammates. With his positive attitude and hardworking spirit, he will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to the team both on and off the field.

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Broncos Country has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming season, and with the addition of Ben Powers, they are one step closer to achieving their goals. Fans can expect to see a hardworking, dedicated player who is ready to do whatever it takes to help his team win.

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Denver Broncos Sign Tremon Smith

Many were looking for the big splash in the defensive backfield. They may have overlooked this under-the-radar signing.

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The Denver Broncos have just officially announced multiple signings. Including Tremon Smith, a versatile cornerback that is expected to play not only on defense but on special teams as well.

Smith is a young talent with promise, having proven himself as a consistent if not explosive returner and rotational cornerback during his stints with four teams in five seasons including the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, and Houston Texans. The deal is for 2 years and $5.5 MM.

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After a rookie season in Kansas City that saw him play in 14 games recording a pass defense and one fumble recovery, his defensive production fell off the proverbial cliff until 2022 in Houston. He set career highs in literally every statistical category pro-football-reference.com tracks as you can see below:

The one place he has been a consistent contributor is kick returns as you can see below thanks to pro-football-reference.com:

As you can see above, he topped off as a returner during his rookie season with 886 yards but this is the one area he has been a consistent contributor of any kind before 2022. With his exceptional speed, agility, and quickness, Smith has the tools to give opposing receivers some problems with the right technique to complement his raw tools while hopefully solidifying a returner position with little to no impact in Denver since Trindon Holliday in the Peyton Manning Era.

The promise is in his size and speed (5’11/190 with a 4.38 40-yard dash). He meets the high RAS score of almost all George Paton additions with an 8.06 out of 10. He showed off some of what can be turned into defensive production in ’22 with 2 INTs 4 passes defended and 3 forced fumbles. Those are again all career highs.

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Now, with the Denver Broncos, Tremon Smith will have the opportunity to prove himself not only as a kick returner but as a defensive player as well. The Broncos have been in need of depth at the cornerback position since releasing Ronald Darby before free agency started, and Smith could be a valuable addition to the team’s roster.

At just 26 years old, Smith still has plenty of potential to tap into and develop. He will have the benefit of learning from experienced players such as Justin Simmons and K’Waun Williams. With his raw athletic ability and the right coaching, Smith could become a versatile and reliable contributor for the Broncos in the future.

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Overall, the signing of Tremon Smith is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Broncos after big swings like signing RT Mike McGlinchey. While Smith’s past production has been inconsistent, his potential as a kick returner and defensive player could make him a valuable asset for the team. It will be exciting to see how he develops in the upcoming season and beyond.

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