Horse Tracks: The Denver Broncos will compete for the AFC West crown in 2018 – Mile High Report (blog)
Good morning, Broncos Country.
As Tim Lynch highlighted yesterday, ESPN’s Mike Clay doesn’t think too highly in regard to the Denver Broncos competing at a high level in 2018 — predicting a paltry seven wins for the franchise this coming season.
You call me crazy, claim that I am wearing orange-colored glasses or am way too optimistic, but I have a good feeling about the team’s ability to do much better than the 5-11 record they sported last year. With all the additions that John Elway and his staff made this past offseason, it’s hard to believe that the Broncos are only going to net themselves two more wins. In fact, I believe they have what it takes to compete and win another AFC West title.
He certainly isn’t a top-flight signal caller, but Case Keenum will undoubtedly have more of an impact at the position than the handful of quarterbacks the team trotted out under center last year. Keenum led all quarterbacks in regard to red zone productivity in 2017 and protected the ball much better than most — two areas that were big issues for the team last year. If he can continue to progress and have a year similar to what he had with the Minnesota Vikings in his prior campaign, Denver is going to surprise a lot of fans and analysts across the nation.
The bane for the Broncos’ defense last year was their inability to cover running backs out of the backfield or tight ends on a regular basis. If his heart and mind are fully committed to football, I have no doubts that Su’a Cravens will be the Swiss Army knife defender the team needs to improve vastly in that regard. The team had a first-round grade on him when he came out of