Over the past six seasons of Denver Broncos football, the phrase “offensive juggernaut” certainly hasn’t crossed their minds. This season’s offense, however, promises to be more explosive under new head coach Nathaniel Hackett’s system.
Combine that with an abundance of talent at the skill positions and a star quarterback in Russell Wilson under center, and the Broncos are ready to contend and could be part of the top 10. Denver’s passing leader is a no-brainer, but which players will come out on top the other major statistical categories?
There are plenty of options to choose from. Here is my early prediction.
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Receiving Yards: Jerry Judy | WR
In his first two seasons in the league, Jeudy totaled 90 receptions for 1,323 yards and three touchdowns. The former first-round pick is a phenomenal runner, allowing him to receive separation consistently.
Jeudy hasn’t produced at a higher level, in part due to inconsistent quarterback play and inept play calling. Injuries also held him back in 2021.
Forecast: Now that Hackett is paying and Wilson is throwing to him, the former Alabama star can finally expect to be included in the Broncos’ offense. The team’s other two best wideouts are great, but 2022 is Jeudy’s year. He would account for 1,100 yards in Year 3.
Receiving Touchdowns: Courtland Sutton | WR
Sutton is a wide receiver who will be the primary target in the red zone for Wilson. In 2021, Sutton was not at 100 percent from an ACL tear the previous year.
Entering his second season back from said injury, however, Sutton will return to being the explosive threat that Broncos Country has come to love. 50/50 balls are an 80/02 proposition when thrown Sutton’s way due to his 6-foot-4, 216-pound frame.
While his 12 touchdowns in four seasons aren’t super impressive, Sutton will have more opportunities in the red zone with Wilson looking his way often.
Forecast: While Tim Patrick led the Broncos in touchdowns the past two seasons, Sutton would finally cement himself as a top-10 player in the league, finishing with 10 touchdowns.
Rushing Yards: Javonte Williams
Williams carried and ran over defenders on his way to 903 rushing yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. His aggressive running style resulted in 31 broken tackles, the most by a running back in 2021.
The threat of the passing game will result in fewer stacked boxes, giving Williams more space to operate. Counting over 900 yards in a split backfield is impressive. Melvin Gordon rushed for 918 yards last year, which is also very impressive, but he is 29 this year and not getting any younger.
Forecast: While Denver still has a split back line, Williams will be featured more this year. 950 yards is the former Tarheel’s sophomore season mark.
Rushing Touchdowns: Melvin Gordon
While Javonte will lead in rushing yards, Melvin will hold the touchdown title. Rookie season aside, Gordon has a nose for the end zone, never going below eight touchdowns, with his best seasons coming in 2016 and 2018, with 10 carries each campaign.
Forecast: Gordon has exceptional vision and finds cutback lanes to create big gains or find the end zone. This year will be no different, including his eight touchdowns.
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