Broncos Round Up: Chubb, Lynch, Kelly, Thomas
Bradley Chubb didn’t impress in the run game during his 15 plays in the first preseason game. His biggest weakness is shedding blockers as running lanes are opening up. On a few occasions, Chubb appeared to be unaware of where an opposing rusher was in the backfield as the play was developing.
The Broncos struggled as a team with stopping the run, so this isn’t only a Chubb problem. The rookie will be able to contribute immediately in pass rush situations, but the team is expecting him to be more than a situational pass-rusher once the regular season begins. While it was only one preseason game, it’s something to keep an eye on.
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Here are more news and notes out of Denver:
- Former first-round pick Paxton Lynch has been demoted to third-string, Middlehurst-Schwartz of USA Today reports. Lynch had a horrible first preseason game, throwing for just 24 yards on 6-of-11 passing. Lynch also tossed an interception.
- Chad Kelly, who completed 66% of his 21 passes for 177 yards in the team’s first preseason game, will take over as the backup QB.
- Denver’s offensive line allowed 52 sacks last season and the team brought in Jared Veldheer to solidify the right tackle situation. Veldheer struggled at times last year in Arizona, but he became more inconsistent as the season progressed.
- Demaryius Thomas has finished 16th or better in PPR leagues in each of the past six seasons. With Case Keenum in the fold, we should be able to expect him to make it a seventh straight year with that distinction.