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2020 Power Rankings Roundup, Week 1: Where the Broncos stand as the season begins


Quarterback Drew Lock will be in his first full season as a starter with a potential starting lineup whose average age is just 24. The offense certainly had moments in camp when it flashed what it could do, but overall it might have to lean on the running game early.

Sports Illustrated

Is Drew Lock going to be a franchise QB? People have wildly different views of him after his five starts last season, but our voters have mostly come to a consensus on where to rank the Broncos.

Dan Hanzus,

This time next year, will we view Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy as the best wide receiver duo in the NFL? That's obviously the ceiling John Elway had in mind when he selected Jeudy with the 15th overall pick in April's draft. Sutton piled up 72 receptions, 1,112 receiving yards and six touchdowns with a messy quarterback situation in 2019, and camp reports presented Jeudy as an explosive star-in-waiting who will perfectly complement what Sutton brings to the offense. We haven't seen enough to know if Drew Lock is a legit starter in the NFL, but the Broncos have supplied the young passer with the best 1-2 punch in Denver since Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Nate Davis, USA Today

The buzz is palpable. But will reconfigured line coalesce in front of QB Drew Lock and Co.? And will OLB Bradley Chubb really be near 100%?

Bleacher Report

If Lock and the offense can continue improving and the defense stays healthy, there's at least wild-card potential in the Mile High City this year.

Frank Schwab, Yahoo Sports

Titans-Broncos is a sneaky good game for the second part of the Week 1 "Monday Night Football" doubleheader. One of those teams is going to make a statement, and it could end up making a difference in the AFC playoff picture at the end of the season.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

The defense will be good, so it's all about the offense. I think Drew Lock will have a good second season to take this team to the playoffs.

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Drew Lock looked like the real deal at quarterback last season. But that was a small sample, and there remains plenty for him to prove.

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

The Broncos are getting a lot of buzz tied to second-year QB Drew Lock and a revamped set of skill players around him, but they are undergoing a big transition in Pat Shurmur's offense and have some line issues that can hold them back. Defensively, they have good individual pieces such as Von Miller, Bradley Chubb and Justin Simmons, but there are some glaring holes for Vic Fangio, too.

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