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Mason's Mailbag: A 'summer league' for the NFL?
The NFL doesn't have an offseason developmental league, but in a way, some preseason games serve the same function, giving players like WR Tim Patrick an opportunity.
Mason's Mailbag: Answering your questions about the Broncos Top 100
Let's break down some of the selections on the Broncos Top 100.
Mason's Mailbag: Don't forget about Alexander Johnson
When the pads go on, Johnson could have his best opportunity to make an impression in the scrum for playing time at inside linebacker.
Mason's Mailbag: Defining Noah Fant's expected production
Let's see what we can learn about Fant's rookie outlook from two decades' worth of first-round tight ends and what they did in their rookie seasons.
Mason's Mailbag: A look at the Broncos' special teams
Special Teams Coordinator Tom McMahon had punter Colby Wadman working on a specific aspect of punting during offseason work ... and some thoughts on a wide-open return competition.
Mason's Mailbag: A long-term comparison for Phillip Lindsay
Andrew Mason looks at how the career of former Pro Bowl running back Warrick Dunn offers a template that Lindsay could follow.
Mason's Mailbag: Gary Zimmerman a true Broncos Hall of Famer
Also, a statistic that shows why Steve Atwater should already be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Mason's Mailbag: New Broncos making a big impression
OLB Malik Reed is one of the young, under-the-radar players who have a chance to make an impact during OTAs and training camp.
Mason's Mailbag: Newest Broncos get crash course in NFL 101
Returning on-field work to rookie minicamp allowed Broncos rookies like Juwann Winfree and Joe Dineen to get a comprehensive view of what awaits them at the highest level of their sport.
Mason's Mailbag: Noah Fant was the right choice for many reasons
Not the least of which is his nose for the end zone, given how the Broncos have struggled to generate touchdowns from the tight end position in the last four seasons.
Mason's Mailbag: Drew Lock will get time to develop as backup
And as he pointed out when he talked about his pre-draft visit with the Broncos, he wants the insightful critiques from coaches that will make his game better.
Mason's Mailbag: Inside linebackers on the brain
As the 2019 NFL Draft nears, top inside linebackers such as LSU's Devin White and Michigan's Devin Bush Jr. are among the prospects on whom many Broncos fans have their eyes.
Mason's Mailbag: Expect a major impact from Mike Munchak
The Broncos' new coach on the offensive line helped create a massive upgrade in pass protection for the Steelers over the last five years and could do the same in Denver.
Mason's Mailbag: Tight end still in play for the draft?
The Broncos re-signed Jeff Heuerman to bolster their young TE corps, but that might not stop them from targeting an outstanding draft class headlined by Iowa's T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant.
Mason's Mailbag: A look back at the Broncos' 1997 uniform change
Different factors compel teams to change their look. Twenty-two years ago, Owner Pat Bowlen "felt we needed a change," and unveiled a look that will forever be associated with three Super Bowl wins.
Mason's Mailbag: Draft before free agency?
In 2011, the lockout forced the league to reverse the offseason calendar, moving the free-agent signing period to after the draft. A Mailbag reader wonders if that schedule could ever return.
Mason's Mailbag: Adding Ja'Wuan James shows commitment to O-line
In the past 25 months, the Broncos have twice made offensive linemen their biggest free-agent expenditure of that year, while also using a first-round pick on a tackle.
Mason's Mailbag: Who makes sense with the No. 10 pick?
Iowa tight end Noah Fant and Michigan linebacker Devin Bush are two players who could be fits if the Broncos stand pat at the 10th spot.
Mason's Mailbag: Let's talk Day 2 and Day 3 draft quarterbacks
Questions about West Virginia's Will Grier and Mississippi's Jordan Ta'amu fill this week's edition.
Mason's Mailbag: At QB, what does it all mean for the draft?
Does the Broncos' reported trade for Joe Flacco mean they are out of the first-round QB mix? Not necessarily.
Mason's Mailbag: What to expect from the quarterback position
In the wake of reports that the Broncos will trade for Joe Flacco, the focus should be on the big picture of his attributes, not simply being on the winning side in the playoffs against teams led by Tom Brady.
Mason's Mailbag: The outlook for the Von Miller-Bradley Chubb combination
Thirty sacks between the two in 2019? It's an audacious goal, one that has only been reached by a pair of teammates once in the NFL since 2000. But it would give Miller and Chubb a lofty statistical target.
Mason's Mailbag: Two players who meet the Hall standard
Champ Bailey got in the Hall of Fame on Saturday. Steve Atwater will wait at least another year. But both belong and share a benchmark that has gotten every player but Atwater into the Hall.
Mason's Mailbag: A better way for overtime?
Seven years ago this month, the current overtime rules ensured a first-play touchdown in an extra session was enough for Denver to beat Pittsburgh. But in the big picture, should playoff OT be tweaked?
Mason's Mailbag: When drafting QB, it's all about being all-in
The 2019 draft class at quarterback isn't as ballyhooed as last year's, but if you believe one of these passers is a long-term answer and you have a need at the position, that QB would be worth getting.
Mason's Mailbag: Don't forget about Troy Fumagalli
After spending his rookie season on injured reserve, the Wisconsin product is at full health, has added bulk in the weight room and is ready to contribute in 2019.
Mason's Mailbag: Shelby Harris would 'love to be here' in Denver
Harris is set to become a restricted free agent, but he said he wants to return and "experience what it feels like to be a winning Broncos team."
Mason's Mailbag: In with the new year
Questions about DeMarcus Walker, the degree of the team's struggles and New Year's resolutions are in the final Mailbag of 2018.
Mason's Mailbag: Phillip Lindsay and Von Miller extended Broncos' Pro Bowl tradition
The two selections ensured that the league's longest streak of producing Pro Bowlers -- a distinction the Broncos share with one other team -- continues.
Mason's Mailbag: Dymonte Thomas capitalized on shot
Given a chance after working his way into a bigger role, Thomas showed promise in his most extensive work of the season Saturday.
Mason's Mailbag: No Chris Harris Jr., but no fear for remaining DBs
"I'm just going to do my job," cornerback Bradley Roby said.
Mason's Mailbag: Finding help from within
Often, the best solution when injuries strike rests in relatively unproven players that possess potential and upside.
Mason's Mailbag: Depth on display
The success of the offensive line last week was a testament to the ability to develop young players, something the Broncos have done well this year.
Mason's Mailbag: Week 11 grab bag
Questions about a new practice-squad addition, Steve Atwater and two other topics fill the Chargers week edition of the Mailbag.
Mason's Mailbag: Promise must become performance
Also included: a look at whether an easier division really helps a team become a Super Bowl winner. The answer might surprise you.
Mason's Mailbag: Looking for reasons to believe
The Broncos are not in an ideal spot at 3-5, and their margin for error is minimal, but there are signs that they could turn it around -- if they defeat the Texans on Sunday.
Mason's Mailbag: Chiefs a 'pick-your-poison' attack
Which begs the question ... which Chiefs target do you try to shut down first?
Mason's Mailbag: What the win over the Cardinals can mean
The Cardinals are struggling, but that doesn't mean the Broncos' dominance in their 45-10 win should be discounted.
Mason's Mailbag: The search for improvement
The Broncos have some encouraging metrics, including across-the-board improvement in the running game. If other areas can show the same progress, the Broncos have a chance to return to the win column.
Mason's Mailbag: Regarding the play clock
Also, what will it take for the Broncos to win? Mase offers a key statistic worth noting regarding the running game.
Mason's Mailbag: Andy Janovich paving the way
Two huge Broncos runs have helped Denver average over six yards per carry when Janovich is in the game.
Mason's Mailbag: Comparing Case Keenum and Jake Plummer
The two passers share more than just the fact that they signed with the Broncos as unrestricted free agents.
Mason's Mailbag: The best undrafted Broncos
Rod Smith and Chris Harris Jr. set the standard, but they are just part of a long legacy of Broncos bypassed by the NFL Draft.
Mason's Mailbag: Expecting more from the tight ends
The Broncos were below league average in receptions, yardage and touchdowns from the position last year, but with Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt leading the way, that could change in 2018.
Mason's Mailbag: Broncos' future is already here
A majority of the team is homegrown, and most of those players have joined the team since 2016.
Mason's Mailbag: Phillip Lindsay staking claim to roster spot
Lindsay's versatility and efficiency at moving the chains have made him the Broncos' latest undrafted discovery.
Mason's Mailbag: Keeping expectations reasonable
Hopes are high for Jake Butt, but the numbers posted by rookie and second-year tight ends in the last decade must be considered in creating expectations for 2018.
Mason's Mailbag: Drafted rookie runners impressing
Royce Freeman's emergence was expected, but Dave Williams' play has been one of the positive surprises of the summer.
Mason's Mailbag: Looking for offensive balance
Ground-and-pound? Chuck-and-duck? Why can't the Broncos' offense be both, like Minnesota's was last year with Case Keenum?
Mason's Mailbag: Taking a guess at some stats
How many touchdowns will Case Keenum throw in 2018? Mase makes a projection based on recent NFL trends.
Mason's Mailbag: Playing the prediction game
Are the Broncos being "slept on" by some pundits? And will Case Keenum's supporting cast help him as Minnesota's did last year?
Mason's Mailbag: Where Chad Kelly stands before camp
The young quarterback was hard on himself after his final minicamp session, but vowed to attack the pre-training-camp weeks with urgency.
Mason's Mailbag: What offseason work means
Yes, the Broncos have looked better in quite a few ways this offseason. But does spring proficiency translate to fall success?
Mason's Mailbag: Brendan Langley showing growth
Langley's efforts over the offseason have caught the eyes of teammates, including safety Will Parks.
Mason's Mailbag: Don't jump to too many conclusions from OTAs
The work right now matters, but it's important not to elevate expectations too much based on what happens at this time of the year.
Mason's Mailbag: Who stood out during the first OTA?
Royce Freeman was the rookie who caught Andrew Mason's eye this week.
Mason's Mailbag: Getting set for OTAs
OTAs get under way this week, which also means the duel for No. 2 QB between Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly will begin percolating.
Mason's Mailbag: Quality over quantity in this year's undrafted crop
The Broncos didn't have space for many college free agents this year, but the ones they signed have a chance to improve the roster.
Mason's Mailbag: Stacking up positions after the draft
This week: questions about offseason acquisitions through the draft (Bradley Chubb), the undrafted market (Phillip Lindsay) and trade (Su'a Cravens).
Mason's Mailbag: Who in the draft class could start immediately?
Bradley Chubb is the obvious choice, although his position group is stacked. But there are other potential Day 1 starters in Denver's draft haul.
Mason's Mailbag: Pondering draft possibilities
As the draft countdown drops to just a few days, it's time to dive into the Mailbag for a few questions about potential picks.
Mason's Mailbag: Don't forget about Justin Simmons
The trade for Su'a Cravens drew attention, but as Darian Stewart has noted, Simmons "has all the natural attributes" to be a Pro Bowler.
Mason's Mailbag: Rule change eliminates unncessary play
Also included this week: a question about the uniforms and another about WR Jordan Taylor.
Mason's Mailbag: Trade for Su'a Cravens doesn't prevent Broncos from looking at draft ILBs
Cravens will likely have at least a role in the sub packages, but the Broncos could still use depth at ILB.
Mason's Mailbag: Beyond the rules to the bylaws at the NFL Annual Meeting
The potential rules changes have driven debate, but some of the bylaws on the table are just as fascinating.
Mason's Mailbag: All about the quarterbacks
With Case Keenum arriving and Broncos brass visiting Pro Days, the position is in this week's spotlight.
Mason's Mailbag: In draft, focus on the player, not the school
Just because a team hasn't picked a player from a specific university in a while doesn't mean it's overlooking players from that program.
Mason's Mailbag: Saquon Barkley's rise about more than what he is on the field
Barkley's workout stood out, but his football character drew raves, too.
Mason's Mailbag: A collection of ideas for the short and long term
A few concepts worth considering plus a question about how one of the guard slots is shaping up for 2018.
Mason's Mailbag: How much can QB improvement help the overall team?
Also in this week's mailbag: a question about one of the most fascinating free-agent quarterbacks set to hit the market this year, Teddy Bridgewater.
Mason's Mailbag: What is the ceiling for a rookie QB?
No rookie QB has ever started a Super Bowl, but on average, teams that rode a rookie have seen some improvement in the last decade.
Mason's Mailbag: February grab bag
A Pro Bowl idea and quarterback issues are this week's topics.
Mason's Mailbag: Wrapping up Senior Bowl week
How much effect can a good or bad week have on draft stock? It depends on the player -- and on who's making the evaluation.
Mason's Mailbag: Who's at the top of the draft class?
One man's opinion on the 10 best prospects this year, at least as of mid-January ... plus, some ideas for rules changes, which is always a fun topic.
Mason's Mailbag: What's next at tight end?
The Broncos need more production from the position, and Jake Butt could be counted on in a big way to provide it.
Mason's Mailbag: It's early, so draft possibilities are wide-open
Even at No. 5, it's far too soon to pinpoint a targeted player for the Broncos, with too much of the evaluation still left to be done.
Mason's Mailbag: Making the ground game work over the long term
Since 2000, only one team has run the ball better than Denver, even though the Broncos have been through plenty of different running backs.
Mason's Mailbag: Dick Enberg and some of the Broncos' greatest moments
The late Dick Enberg was never an official "voice of the Broncos." But he was at the mic for so many great moments in team history it sometimes seemed that way.
Mason's Mailbag: O-line's improvement a positive development this season
Also: why on-field results aren't "flukes" if you look closer.
Mason's Mailbag: Moving past the frustration
The Broncos have done a great job in the last 45 years of ensuring that their losing seasons are one-off situations.
Mason's Mailbag: Brendan Langley's focus is on self-improvement
Langley doesn't want to hide from rookie mistakes; he wants to confront them head-on and ensure they make him a better player in the future.
Mason's Mailbag: Paxton Lynch will be put in position to maximize talent
Head Coach Vance Joseph said he doesn't want Lynch to "just hold the ball and kind of sit there," which could create some opportunities Sunday.
Mason's Mailbag: Special teams looks to build off strong game
With Brandon McManus going 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts, outstanding work on punt coverage and Isaiah McKenzie breaking free, the special teams had its best '17 game in Week 9.
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