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Power rankings roundup: Where the Broncos sit before Week 1

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Elliot Harrison, NFL.com

The Broncos have a viable quarterback (we think), a viable defense (we're pretty sure) and a new RB1 to grind clock time and yards (we hope). Speculation sprouted when Devontae Booker was listed atop Denver's depth chart. We were left anticipating when rookie Royce Freeman would displace Booker, like we were waiting for those Fixodent commercials that air late nights on the History Channel. Actually, I'm partial to the spots for Thompson's WaterSeal (for your outdoor deck). Unsurprisingly, Freeman sealed up the starter job before Week 1 even kicked off.

Bleacher Report

The Denver Broncos are something of a puzzle.

Over the first two preseason games, it looked like the team would live to regret handing Case Keenum a fat ball of cash. But in Denver's dress-rehearsal win over Washington, Keenum looked a lot more like the quarterback who led the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship Game last year.

Frank Schwab, Yahoo Sports

The third preseason game showed what the Broncos can be. Case Keenum looked comfortable. Emmanuel Sanders looked like the dynamic playmaker we all know he can be when healthy. Royce Freeman broke a long touchdown run. The defense looked good, which is no surprise. The Broncos need a fast start this season, and they might be on track for one.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

The defense should be good, but it's all about the offense. Can Case Keenum get them rolling?

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Chief roster architect John Elway turns to Case Keenum at quarterback, and the Broncos try to rebound from an ugly season. The addition of rookie pass rusher Bradley Chubb to go with Von Miller should help the defense considerably. But is that enough to turn things around in Year 2 for Coach Vance Joseph?

Rebecca Toback, SB Nation

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