Player News - Broncos

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Coach Vance Joseph said the Broncos will continue using a "hot hand" approach in the backfield.

"Our deal with that room is more of game plan," Joseph said. "It's what they do best. It's more of who has the hot hand that day." Rookie UDFA Phillip Lindsay (178 yards) is third in the league in rushing as we wind down Week 2, trailing only Matt Breida (184) and Joe Mixon (179). Joseph is "not considering" starting Lindsay, but he said "it doesn't matter." Lindsay has the "hot hand" at the moment and has had it since arriving at Broncos camp. Lindsay has played nine more snaps than fellow rookie Royce Freeman and 13 more than Devontae Booker.
Sep 17 - 6:25 PM

Royce Freeman played 16-of-66 (24 percent) snaps Week 2 against the Raiders.

It was fewer than both Phillip Lindsay (28) and Devontae Booker (22). Game script certainly played a role in Freeman's depressed usage, but he has now been out-touched by Lindsay 32-to-23 through two weeks. He should be downgraded to a FLEX option until his usage picks up.
Sep 17 - 10:09 AM

Royce Freeman rushed eight times for 28 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Raiders.

Freeman found the end zone for a one-yard touchdown plunge on the opening drive of the second half, but hardly found any traction with the Broncos playing from behind all game. Freeman has now totaled 23 carries for 99 yards through two weeks with no receptions and has been out-touched by fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay 32-to-23 so far through two weeks. Freeman appears to be a touchdown-or-bust fantasy option moving forward and a fringe FLEX option Week 3 versus the Ravens.
Sep 16 - 8:02 PM

Phillip Lindsay rushed 14 times for 107 yards with one reception for four yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Lindsay had 15 touches compared to eight for Royce Freeman and three for Devontae Booker as he was the first Denver running back to ever have over 100-yards from scrimmage in each of his first two career games in franchise history. Lindsay has built off a strong preseason to overtake a lead role in this Denver backfield, but still doesn't have a firm grasp on the goal line work, which will keep him as a RB2/FLEX option Week 3 when the Broncos head to Baltimore.
Sep 16 - 7:58 PM

Courtland Sutton caught 1-of-6 targets for nine yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Raiders.

Sutton's lowly line was due to two near-misses as he has a 14-yard touchdown called back when he stepped out of bounds as well as another potential 35-yard gain when he failed to catch a pass cleanly down the sideline. The rookie has a promising 11 targets through two games, but has managed just three receptions for 54 yards. He is only a bench stash at this juncture of the season as the Broncos head to Baltimore in Week 3.
Sep 16 - 7:52 PM

Case Keenum completed 19-of-35 passes for 222 yards with an interception in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Raiders.

Keenum added 16 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground. After a quiet first half in which he completed just 5-of-11 passes for 38 yards, Keenum bounced back in the second half to complete 14-of-24 passes for 184 yards and lead the Broncos on four scoring drives. Keenum will be a lower-end QB2 for fantasy in Week 3 on the road versus the Ravens.
Sep 16 - 7:45 PM

Demaryius Thomas caught 5-of-11 targets for 18 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Raiders.

Thomas was a non-factor Sunday despite the high target count, including two dropped passes. Through two weeks, Thomas has secured just 11-of-21 targets for 81 yards as it appears the receiver you want to own for fantasy in this offense is Emmanuel Sanders. Thomas will head into a Week 3 matchup versus the Ravens as a WR3 for fantasy purposes.
Sep 16 - 7:41 PM

Emmanuel Sanders caught 4-of-4 targets for 96 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Raiders.

Sanders wasn't even targeted in the first half as Oakland played keep away, but still almost hit the century mark in yardage after the break. Sanders now has 231 yards receiving yards through two weeks compared to 81 yards for Demaryius Thomas. Sanders will be a WR2 option in Week 2 when the Raiders head to Baltimore.
Sep 16 - 7:37 PM

Broncos RT Jared Veldheer was diagnosed with a concussion in Sunday's Week 2 game versus the Raiders.

Veldheer was injured on the opening drive of the second half and forced from the game. Billy Turner has taken over at RT for the Broncos.
Sep 16 - 6:39 PM

Broncos declared QB Kevin Hogan, G/C Sam Jones, LB Alexander Johnson, S Shamarko Thomas, DE DeMarcus Walker, T Elijah Wilkinson, and CB Isaac Yiadom inactive for Sunday's Week 2 game versus the Raiders.

With no injuries a week ago, these are the exact same inactives that Denver had in Week 1.
Sep 16 - 3:11 PM

Phillip Lindsay (knee) practiced Friday.

Lindsay is fully expected to play. He appeared on Thursday's injury report with an ailing knee but practiced in full to end the week. Both he and rookie teammate Royce Freeman are in a tremendous spot against Oakland's lackluster front seven in Week 2.
Sep 14 - 5:04 PM

Royce Freeman played 29-of-74 (39 percent) snaps Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Phillip Lindsay played 26 snaps while matching Freeman's carry total, and Devontae Booker finished with 19 snaps. Lindsay had something of a "hot hand," so this split could be tilted more in Freeman's favor in a normal week. Even so, it is clear the Broncos plan to use a committee approach moving forward, limiting Freeman's fantasy appeal.
Sep 10 - 9:44 AM

Von Miller recorded three sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in the Broncos' Week 1 win over the Seahawks.

Miller was an absolute monster in this game, consistently creating pressure and bothering Russell Wilson. His fumble recovery came on a play in which he ripped the ball out of Chris Carson's hands. Denver has some questions in the secondary this season, but Miller will help mask them if he keeps playing at this level.
Sep 9 - 9:07 PM

Courtland Sutton hauled in 2-of-5 targets for 45 yards in the Broncos' Week 1 win over the Seahawks.

It was not the most efficient day, but Sutton showed off his talent on two 20-plus yard catches and worked as the clear No. 3 receiver. He could struggle for consistent targets behind Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, but Sutton offers some deep-league value already and would be a plug-and-play starter if anything happened to the top-two receivers.
Sep 9 - 8:15 PM

Demaryius Thomas hauled in 6-of-10 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' Week 1 win over the Seahawks.

He was overshadowed by Emmanuel Sanders, but Thomas overcame a slow start to post a pretty good line. His touchdown came from four yards out and ended up being the game-winner. While Case Keenum's apparent affinity for Sanders is a concern, Thomas will remain a solid WR2 next week against the Raiders.
Sep 9 - 8:04 PM


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