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Denver Broncos Re-Sign LB Alex Singleton

The Broncos let linebacker Alex Singleton test the market. He chose to return and make Denver his new home for the foreseeable future.

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The Denver Broncos are have announced the re-signing of linebacker Alex Singleton to a 3-yr $18 MM deal. The hard-working player has quickly become an integral part of the team with his impressive skill set and dedication to the game.

Singleton’s ability to read offenses and quickly react on the field has made him an explosive player that outplays his measurables. His athleticism may be lacking, he was given a relative athletic score of just 6.34 out of a possible 10. He and fellow ILB Josey Jewell are almost interchangeable as Jewell was given a 5.52 RAS in 2018.

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Singletons drive and hard-nosed mentality however has earned both the trust and respect of their teammates and coaches, solidifying his position as one of the most vital members of the Broncos’ defense.

Singleton joined the Broncos in 2022 as a depth piece and special teams maven. Last season, he recorded 163 total tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 passes defensed and 1 forced fumble. According to Pro Football Focus Singleton was the teams most improved player in 2022 going from a PFF grade of 54.1 in 2021 to 79.1 in 2022.

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“One of the best run-defending linebackers in the NFL in 2022, Singleton produced the eighth-highest run-defense grade at the position over the course of the season. His 62 tackles resulting in a defensive stop were tied for sixth among all linebackers, and he missed just 6.5% of the tackles he attempted.”

Pro Football Focus Writer Gordon McGuinness

Singleton’s re-signing is a clear indication that the Broncos are committed to keeping a strong defense at the same level it has been playing. With the addition of several talented players in the off-season, including cornerback Tremon Smith and defensive end Zach Allen, the Broncos’ defense is poised to be a force to be reckoned with yet again in the upcoming season.

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As for Singleton, he’s excited and ready to get back on the field with his teammates. When speaking with Calgary Flames TV he stated Denver has become his new home. “[I’m] happy to stay in Denver,” Singleton said. “It’s becoming, like we were talking earlier, just [like] south Calgary. I feel right at home there.”

Below you can hear Alex Singleton tell Denverbroncos.com why he chose to stay in Dove Valley:

The Broncos’ organization is thrilled to have Singleton back on the team for another season, and they are confident he will continue to make an impact on the field. With Singleton’s versatility and talent, the Broncos defense is sure to be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming season. So, fans better prepare for an exciting and successful season ahead!

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Denver Broncos Sign FB Michael Burton

The Broncos lost FB Andrew Beck to Houston in free agency. George Paton didn’t waste any time replacing him with former Chief Michael Burton.

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The Denver Broncos have added another key player to their running back room, signing fullback Michael Burton to a one-year deal worth $1.1375 million. The Broncos needed a steady fullback after former starter Andrew Beck signed with Houston in free agency and have found their solution in Burton. He brings a wealth of experience and skill to the team after spending the last eight seasons with the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders, New Orleans Saints, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Burton is best known for his blocking ability as he has totaled only 28 rushing attempts, 18 receptions and 2 total touchdowns in his career to this point. His versatility to also play on special teams and professionalism will make him an asset to the Broncos however. His leadership and work ethic will also be a great addition to the locker room.

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The signing of Burton comes at a crucial time for the Broncos, who are aiming to improve upon their record from last season. With a strong roster in place and many talented players added to their disposal like running back Samaje Perine in the same meeting room, the Broncos are well-positioned to make a run for the playoffs in the upcoming season. The addition of Burton is just another step towards that goal.

Moreover, Burton’s signing is also a testament to the Broncos’ commitment to building a formidable team around quarterback Russell Wilson. The Broncos’ offense was often criticized last season for its lack of firepower, but with the addition of Burton and other key players, the team is poised to take a major leap forward in the upcoming season. Look for a lot of smash mouth running followed by play-action bombs.

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With OTA’s and minicamp right around the corner, Burton will have plenty of time to acclimate himself to the Broncos’ system and get to work with his new teammates. It also helps that he has experience with Head Coach Sean Payton’s offense after spending the 2020 season in New Orleans.

With the signing of Michael Burton, the Denver Broncos have added another important piece to their roster. Their fans can now look forward to an exciting season ahead as their team aims to make a strong push towards the playoffs.

You can listen to Burton explain why he chose Denver below courtesy of Denverbroncos.com:

We look forward to seeing the impact that Michael Burton will have on the Broncos as he joins the team in their pursuit of success in the NFL.

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Denver Broncos Sign RB Samaje Perine

The Broncos had a revolving door at RB in 2023. They hope Samaje Perine can put a stop to that.

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The Denver Broncos have added depth to their running back position by signing Samaje Perine to a 2 year $7.5 MM deal. The 27-year-old RB played his college football at the University of Oklahoma, where he rushed for over 4,000 yards and scored 51 total touchdowns during his three seasons with the Sooners.

Perine was selected by the Washington Football Team in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and he spent his first three seasons with the team rushing for 603 yards and 1 TD his rookie season. He then played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020, where he rushed for 301 yards and three touchdowns on 63 carries. The most crucial stat for Broncos fans should be the fact he hasn’t fumbled in 5 years.

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The addition of Perine brings a a much needed veteran presence to the Broncos’ young running back group, which includes third-year player Javonte Williams coming off a torn ACL and a group of 2nd and 3rd year former undrafted free-agents after him. Perine has proven to be a reliable runner, a solid pass-blocker, and a good receiver out of the backfield.

The Broncos hope that Perine’s experience and versatility will help improve their rushing attack, which ranked 21st in the NFL last season. The team finished with a record of 5-12 in 2022 and missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year after their Super Bowl 50 victory in 2015.

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Perine’s signing is just one move in an offseason that has seen the Broncos make significant changes to their roster. The team has a new right tackle in Mike McGlinchey, and offensive guard Ben Powers. They also added depth to their secondary with the signings of  cornerback Tremon Smith and defensive end Zach Allen.

The Broncos are looking to bounce back from a disappointing season, and the addition of Perine is a step in the right direction. With his solid skills as a runner, blocker, and receiver, he will provide a boost to the Broncos’ offense while they wait for Javonte Williams to return from the aforementioned injury. Then can provide a potent 1-2 punch of runners both capable of all three jobs an RB are expected to perform; run, catch, and block.

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Perine is excited to join the Broncos and is looking forward to working with his new teammates. “I’m ready to get to work and do whatever it takes to help this team win,” he said. “I know there’s a lot of talent in this locker room, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Broncos fans are intrigued about the addition of Perine and are hoping he can help push the team to the playoffs this season. With his experience and versatility, Perine could be a key piece in the Broncos’ quest for postseason success. All in Broncos Country just need to look to 2022 when eight different running backs toted the rock for Denver to know how important depth is at the position.

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Below you can hear Semaje Perine talk about why he chose Denver below courtesy of Denverbroncos.com:

The signing of Samaje Perine may not make headlines, but it’s a move that could pay dividends for the team during the upcoming season. He adds depth and competition to the running back position, which could push the entire group to step up their play and help the Broncos make a run at the playoffs in 2023.

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Denver Broncos Sign DE Zach Allen

With a Dre’Mont Jones sized hole in the d-line, the Denver Broncos targeted the arguably best 3-4 defensive end on the free agent market in Zach Allen.

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The Denver Broncos have announced their latest acquisition with the signing of defensive end Zach Allen on a 4-yr $47.75 MM deal. The 25-year-old played his college ball at Boston College, where he racked up an impressive 199 total tackles, 40.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and two interceptions in four seasons.

Allen was widely regarded as an intriguing prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was the quintessential tape over testing prospect. He had the great production at a D1 school as stated above and great size at 6’4” 281 lbs., but then he went to the combine and just put up meh numbers. So he slipped through the cracks and the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the third round with the 65th overall pick.


You can see his RAS score below courtesy of @Mathbomb:

Despite a slow start to his career totaling just 26 solo tackles and 2 sacks in his first two seasons. His final two seasons in Phoenix saw a real impact for the Cardinals, recording 95 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks in the 2021-‘22 seasons. Putting his best foot forward in 2022 where he had the second best run-stop percentage of 5.5% behind only Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams.

The addition of Zach Allen to the Broncos’ defensive line gives them a talented and versatile player who can line up at multiple positions and provide a strong pass-rushing presence. This became crucial when former starter Dre’Mont Jones signed with Seattle the same day. With Allen joining a unit that already features stalwarts like Randy Gregory, and D.J. Jones. He also joins CB Tremon Smith as a new face in the defensive meeting room. The Broncos’ defense looks poised to be a force to be reckoned with, again, in the upcoming season under Vance Joseph’s tutelage.

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Broncos fans are understandably excited about this signing, as Allen brings a combination of size and grit that has endeared former players like Derek Wolfe and Bill Romanowski to Broncos Country in years past. He has the size and strength to take on offensive linemen and disrupt plays in the backfield both against the pass and run. His ability to move quickly off the line of scrimmage and get to the quarterback will also add a vital pass-rushing element to the Broncos’ defense.

Denver defensive-coordinator Vance Joseph is known for his defensive expertise, and he will undoubtedly have a plan in place to get the best out of Allen. The young player has all the tools to be a star in the NFL, and the Broncos will be looking to develop him into a cornerstone of their defense for years to come.

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You can hear Zach Allen tell Denverboncos.com why he chose the Broncos below:

After a disappointing 5-12 season in 2022, the Broncos are looking to bounce back and compete for a playoff spot this year. With Allen on board, their chances of doing so have just gotten a lot better. Broncos fans will be eagerly anticipating the start of the 2021 season to see what the team can do with their exciting new addition.

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Denver Broncos Sign QB Jarrett Stidham

With no backup QB, the Denver Broncos eyed what they deemed an upgrade and pounced on the former Auburn Tiger signal caller Jarrett Stidham.

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The Denver Broncos have made a huge addition to their roster by signing quarterback Jarrett Stidham to a 2-yr $10 MM deal. Stidham, who was a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, spent his first two seasons with the New England Patriots.

Stidham played in 8 games for the Patriots, starting in none. In those games, he completed 24 of his 48 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions. He was able to double up or more, almost all of those numbers in just two games and two starts for the 2022 Las Vegas Raiders completing 53 of his 83 passe for 656 yards 4 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.

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The Broncos have been looking for a new backup quarterback since the backup for the last three years Brett Rypien is currently a free agent. General Manager George Paton was impressed with Stidham’s work ethic, his arm strength, and his ability to make quick decisions on the field.

As stated above, Stidham was thrust into a bad situation in Las Vegas starting the final two games of the season for a Raiders team in the throes of an organizational overhaul both on and off the field. He opened many eyes around the league by going from 13 total attempts in the first 15 weeks of the season, and none since week 7 to throw for 365 yards/3 TDs, but with two interceptions in a loss to San Francisco who would go on to play for the NFC Championship behind the best defense in the league.

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Former Head Coach in Las Vegas and offensive coordinator in New England  Josh McDaniels has spoken highly of Stidham’s potential, citing his natural throwing motion and his ability to read defenses. It’s why McDaniels brought Stidham with him to the desert after Stidham spent the 2021 season on the PUP list and bench in New England.

Stidham will now sit behind star QB Russell Wilson on the depth chart and learn from one of the best. The Broncos are hoping that Stidham will continue to develop and become a long-term solution at the backup quarterback position in the ilk of former steady back-ups at Dove Valley in Bubby Brister and Gary Kubiak.

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Many fans are intrigued by the signing and are looking forward to seeing Stidham in action under the tutelage of Sean Payton. He has never had a season in College or the NFL where he had more than 1 start that he didn’t finish with at least a 60% completion rate. It will be interesting to see how he performs in training camp and how he fits in with the Broncos’ offensive system.

You can hear Stidham tell Sydney Jones of Denverbroncos.com why he chose Denver below:

Despite some wanting to point out that most teams have QB’s with similar skill sets such as Lamar Jackson and Tyler Huntley in Baltimore. Or Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham in New England. Although they are correct in saying these are about as polar opposite QB’s as you can see below with their RAS scores courtesy of @Mathbomb:

As you can see, Wilson was rated as an elite athlete while Stidham was just okay. This would typically be weird, but only if you don’t take into account Sean Payton has effectively created an offense for the likes of Drew Brees (HoFer), Jameis Winston (#1 Overall Bust), and Teddy Bridgewater (First-Round Injury Devastated Flameout). The only thing these players have in common is a winning percentage over 60%.

Overall, this is a good move by the Broncos to shore up a highly underrated position for every team. He is not flashy like Mike McGlinchey or Ben Powers, but is another under the radar move like Chris Manhertz that makes a winning culture work. And we wish number 53 on the roster the same success as number 1 at a mile high.

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Denver Broncos Sign TE Chris Manhertz

After signing a guard and tackle to open free agency. The Broncos decided they wanted even more size and signed TE Chris Manhertz

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The Denver Broncos have signed tight end Chris Manhertz to a 2 yr $6 MM deal with $3.34 MM guaranteed at signing. This signing is an unheralded addition to the Broncos as Manhertz is a versatile and experienced player. He has been in the league for 7 years. He doesn’t boast the most impressive resume but showcases his ability to contribute in many different ways.

Manhertz is known for his blocking, and his presence on the field will help the Broncos’ offensive line. He will essentially be a sixth offensive lineman at 6’6” and 255 lbs. In addition, he has proven himself as a reliable blocker for kick and punt returns, and his size/athleticism mix make him a valuable asset in the third phase. With his experience and expertise, Manhertz will undoubtedly play a key role in Denver’s offensive strategies and game plans.

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Head coach Sean Payton has some familiarity with Manhertz as he played for him in New Orleans briefly in 2016. Coach Payton has stated that he would bring a level of toughness and physicality to the team, both on and off the field.

Manhertz started his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills in 2015, mostly as a special teams contributor. He then moved to the Carolina Panthers in 2016, while bouncing around to three other teams that season. Then he solidified his roster spot in Carolina from 2017-20. He played primarily as a blocking tight end. During his time with the Panthers, he accumulated 12 receptions for 142 yards and 1 touchdown.

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Despite his limited production in the passing game, Manhertz’s value lies in his ability to create opportunities for other players with his blocking skills. He will provide a much-needed boost to the Broncos’ running game, which struggled to gain any footing last season.

Chris Manhertz solidifies the Broncos’ offense and special teams and adds depth to the tight end position. It’s a smart move by the organization and could pay dividends in the upcoming season.

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Overall, the signing of Chris Manhertz is a necessary move for the Denver Broncos after leaving Eric Tomlinson out on the market and Eric Saubert signing with the Miami Dolphins leaving an opening for a blocking vet in the tight end group. His skill set and experience will help the team achieve success in the coming seasons, by doing the things that don’t fill up the stat sheet, but lend themselves to a winning culture. Stay tuned for more updates on the Broncos and their upcoming season.

You can listen to Manhertz tell you why he chose the Denver Broncos below courtesy of denverbroncos.com YouTube channel:

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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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Denver Broncos Sign Mike McGlinchey

Despite what many said was a tight cap situation, the Denver Broncos come out on day one swinging for the fences!

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The Denver Broncos have made a significant move this offseason by signing standout offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey to a 5-year $87.5 MM deal. The 28-year-old McGlinchey spent the last five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, starting in 66 of the 68 games he played in. That is out of a possible 75 games showing a good amount of durability at a grueling position.

At 6’8″ and 315 pounds, McGlinchey is known for his impressive footwork, power, and versatility as a lineman. His presence on the field is sure to provide much-needed stability to the Broncos’ offensive front, which struggled at various points last season.

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Broncos fans have reason to be excited about this addition, as McGlinchey has already proven himself to be a reliable and consistent player in the NFL. He has been a key contributor to some of the 49ers’ most successful seasons in recent years, including a run to the Super Bowl in 2019.

The signing of Mike McGlinchey is a clear indication that the Broncos are committed to improving their team and competing at the highest level. With McGlinchey on board, the Broncos are sure to have a powerful and formidable offensive line in the upcoming season. We can’t wait to see what this talented team can achieve!

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In addition to his on-field prowess, with his 85.4 run-blocking grade since he entered the league a top-10 mark among tackles. McGlinchey is also known for his leadership and work ethic, both of which are sure to make him a valuable asset to the Broncos’ locker room. He has been praised by coaches and teammates alike for his dedication to the game and his commitment to improving every day.

Some have liked to point to a few holes in McGlinchey’s game. We are not here to say he is a perfect product at RT. He still has room to grow as a pass protector but notably dropped his pressure percentage allowed from 6.1% over his first three seasons to 5.1% over the past two. His combination of size and athleticism with his relatively young age lends to him being able to improve in most if not all areas with top-notch coaching coming from newly hired o-line coach Zach Strief and OC Joe Lombardi.

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The addition of a player of McGlinchey’s caliber is a major win for the Broncos, who are looking to build on their disappointing 2022 season and make a push for the playoffs for the first time since 2015. With a talented roster that boasts players like quarterback Russell Wilson, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, and now Mike McGlinchey, the Broncos are shaping up to be one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NFL.

Denver fans are no doubt thrilled to see the team making moves to improve their chances for success, and the signing of Mike McGlinchey is just the first example of their commitment to winning this offseason. Stay tuned for more updates as the Broncos gear up for what is sure to be an action-packed season full of surprises and exciting moments.

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How Unique is Denver Broncos’ 2022 Season?

So many have wasted many hours trying to make sense of the Denver Broncos’ 2022 season using “historical data”. The problem is, there is no data that matches this squad.

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I had a convo on Sunday before the Denver Broncos game against the Chiefs. And I was thrown the argument that the aggregate record of the three best defenses that had a bottom-3 offense in history existed in a number that the sample size mattered.

They also stated that their records were going to be astronomically better than the 2022 Denver Broncos because the Broncos have the worst offense ever. How the Broncos can have the worst offense ever when they don’t have the worst offense of 2022 is an idiotic take on it’s own but I degrees.

Below are the worst offenses by total yards per ESPN.com:

Let’s see if his argument that those teams were far and away more successful without a doubt and no research was needed to prove him right is true. I said it was ridiculous to make such a claim without research and his “historical data” (which he was unable to cite or give specifics on just “if you look at the historical data”) was irrelevant. Let us see if he had a single leg to stand on: (All stats and records are per Pro-Football-Reference.com)

Top-3 Defense/Bottom-3 Offense Aggregate Team Record from 2010-2021:

2021: n/a

2020: n/a

2019: n/a

2018: n/a

2017: n/a

2016: n/a

2015: n/a

2014: n/a

2013: n/a

2012: n/a

2011: n/a

2010: n/a

I’m stopping here. My point is two-fold. Never make blanket statements with zero research. Secondly, people need to stop trying to use “historical data” to explain this 2022 Broncos squad. Due to the injuries, mass changes, etc. this team is a true outlier.

Historical data means nothing more than trying to create a context for current events. You must learn from the past, but past success means almost nothing when it comes to future success. Historical data is useful, but it means nothing when it comes to what should happen, it only tells you what could happen. If you believe otherwise you have already lost every argument you will ever be involved in.

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Causation and correlation are not always synonymous. Just because you shave down the edges of the square peg to shove it in a round hole doesn’t change the fact that you shoved a square peg in a round hole. You didn’t solve the problem, you cheated your way to a false positive.

There always comes a time in historical data that a first comes around. It’s a novel concept I know but stick with me. No offense this bad has had a defense this good and vice versa. This 2022 Broncos squad is a first in many ways, but one above all others. How does a team become this lopsided? Simple, injuries. I know that’s not very exciting and is more boring than “Team X scored 35 points in 3.5 seconds while the Broncos haven’t scored that many in 35 blood moons.”

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I’m obviously being facetious but the premise remains, historical data means what you could have, not what you are entitled to. People can keep banging their head against a wall of irrelevant stats to try and justify their narrative. But the simple fact remains that this team is way to injured to be effective.

How do you run a complicated offense and dive deep in a playbook when four-out-of-five lineman have no more than 3 starts this season? How do you run a complex blocking scheme that requires after snap identification of the man you are blocking while running full speed sideways that requires you knowing exactly what the guy next to you is going to do on every single snap and against every single defensive front you will face each week? Not to mention 7 different running backs have taken double digit carries in a game. So no excuse why they might not know who is going where right?

You can’t do any of that, periodt. There is absolutely no way you can expect guys that only have between a few weeks to as little as a few days on a team to know an entire playbook. If you do, you are a disengenous and insufferable human being.

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How any human, let alone so many that can’t throw a football with fully intact shoulder ligaments can say Russel Wilson’s shoulder injury doesn’t matter is befuddling to say the least. Let alone all the injuries around him to be “excuses”? Calling broken bones and torn ligaments “excuses” is one of the most asinine statements I have ever heard a human utter. The best any team in the table below can call themselves any better than mediocre. And they all have something in common.

Below is the “top”-5 most injured squads in the 2022 NFL season per Spotrac.com:

How can you see those numbers and the teams around the Denver Broncos and say that doesn’t matter? That it has to be deeper? I get pundits and experts have to find daily talking points and it seems most in this business are very bad at finding their own as they copy cat off each other. This is not an assumption, it’s a fact. I have had multiple professors teach me to literally rip off places like USA Today and The Athletic for talking points because it’s easier. They stated it didn’t matter if it was an original idea as long as it got “clicks” and “views” and you put the story in your own words. This is the problem with media today, it’s all about what’s sensational, not so much truthful or accurate.

The 2022 Denver Broncos have an easily discernible problem, it’s not the moronic claim that Russell Wilson is washed. It’s not even the more viable but overstated low hanging fruit of an inept Nathaniel Hackett offense. Three touchdowns by Russ and 4 total by Hackett and Co against the Kansas City Chiefs begs to differ on the latter though. Yes they lost the game, but if Russ finishes that game, I have every belief the Broncos leave Empower Field a Mile High.

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So you can be the ones that bloviate about this irrelevant number or that one from NFL seasons past to try and cope with your fee-fees about this team not doing what you want them to do. Or you can accept the fact this season is lost to injuries and has been since the first month. I told you all exactly 31 days before this was published this o-line would not allow the Broncos to be successful.

I don’t do hindsight, I tell you how things will happen beforehand. This is what we do at The Answer is 42, and why you Don’t Question the Blue!

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