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Notes on the Broncos' first depth chart of the 2016 season


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Notes on the Broncos' depth chart, which was released Monday morning:

... At quarterback, Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian are co-No. 1 quarterbacks. Given how the two have split first-team repetitions since the beginning of training camp, the decision does not come as a surprise. Both have been neck and neck with each other since OTAs. First-round pick Paxton Lynch remains the No. 3 quarterback.


... Ty Sambrailo and Michael Schofield are listed as co-first teamers at right guard. Sambrailo has missed the last week with an elbow injury, while Schofield has worked all over the offensive line in training camp, seeing time at every spot but center. Schofield started 16 games -- including the postseason -- at right tackle last season. His versatility, improvement and response after he was relegated to the second team following the signings of Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson impressed the coaches. Schofield is also listed as the No. 2 left tackle.

... Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman are listed as co-No. 1 tight ends. Heuerman has improved in recent days via a trial by fire that has often included one-on-one blocking matchups against All-Pro and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. The two combined for six touchdown receptions during a red-zone-intensive practice last week. Garrett Graham is the third-team tight end; John Phillips, who was out last week with an ankle injury, is on the fourth team, followed by rookie Henry Krieger-Coble.

... Fullback Andy Janovich is the only rookie on the first team, listed ahead of veteran Juwan Thompson, who is also seeing repetitions at running back.

... Darrion Weems is listed as the No. 3 right guard behind Sambrailo and Schofield, and the No. 2 right tackle behind Stephenson. Weems saw some first-team work last week at right guard when Schofield was working at other positions.

... Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer are the second-team wide receivers behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. That comes as no surprise and reflects the first-team repetitions given to Fowler and Latimer on veterans off-days so far in training camp.

... Jordan Taylor and Jordan Norwood are the third-team wide receivers; Kalif Raymond and DeVier Posey are the fourth-teamers.

... Ronnie Hillman and rookie Devontae Booker are listed as co-No. 2 running backs behind C.J. Anderson. Booker has impressed in his training-camp work, showing a quick burst to the hole and good pass-catching ability. Kapri Bibbs is listed behind them as the No. 4 running back.

... There were no surprises on the starting defense. DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib are listed as first-teamers even though they missed the first week and a half of training camp while on the non-football injured/illness lists.


... At nose tackle, Kyle Peko's charge has led him to co-No. 2 designation with second-year player Darius Kilgo.

... Zaire Anderson and Corey Nelson are the No. 2 inside linebackers behind Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis. This reflects their use throughout the offseason and training camp.

... Shiloh Keo and rookie Will Parks are listed as co-No. 2 strong safeties behind T.J. Ward. Third-round pick Justin Simmons is the second-team free safety behind Darian Stewart.

... Veteran Britton Colquitt is listed ahead of rookie Riley Dixon at punter and holder.

... Jordan Norwood is listed as the No. 1 kickoff and punt returner, ahead of rookies Kalif Raymond and Bralon Addison.




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