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The Denver Broncos are at the halfway point The Denver Broncos are at the halfway point

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chenyan94 · 9 days ago
of their season Brian Dawkins Jersey , and things aren’t going all that well for them as a whole. But despite a disappointing season, some Broncos players are doing very well as individuals. Particularly, many of the rookies are looking great. That’s probably no surprise, but now that we’ve got a good sample size from these rookies, let’s look & see just what kind of paces they’re setting.Phillip LindsayKicking things off with the rookie running sensation, let’s take a moment to appreciate the so-far worthy successor to Terrell Davis’s #30 jersey. Not to mention the rather startling fact that an undrafted rookie is worthy of top billing in this Broncos rookie class. In his first 8 games in the NFL, Lindsay has racked up an impressive 531 rushing yards with a 5.7 yards per attempt average and 3 rushing TDs. He’s also added 18 receptions on 23 targets for another 136 yards and 1 receiving TD. The last two games have seen the Broncos make a decisive shift toward running more often, so I’m quite comfortable projecting Lindsay to at least double his current stats by season’s end. He’s on pace for around 1,060 rushing yards and 6+ rushing TDs, and close to 300 receiving yards with another receiving TD. And did I mention that he hasn’t fumbled yet?Photo by David Eulitt/Getty ImagesThat pace will land Lindsay around 28th on the Broncos’ career rushing leaderboard after just one season. And if he keeps up the pace next year, he’ll be threatening the club’s top 10. At the moment, Lindsay’s just 200 yards & 2 rushing TDs shy of former 2nd round pick Montee Ball’s career totals. He can, and probably will, beat that mark before Thanksgiving. We never know what the future holds, but right now Phillip Lindsay looks like the best young Broncos running back since Clinton Portis.Bradley ChubbAfter a slow start to the season with 1.5 sacks in the first 5 weeks of play, Bradley Chubb caught on fire in October with 5.5 sacks in his last 3 games. That, and a bevvy of other plays made, was enough to earn him Defensive Rookie of the Month honors this week.Chubb presently stands at 7 sacks, the 4th most of any Broncos rookie since the stat began being tracked in 1982. He’s breathing down the neck of Elvis Dumervil (8.5), with Michael Croel’s (10.0) and Von Miller’s (11.5) marks also definitely within reach. In fact, with a terrible Texans offensive line coming to town this weekend, Chubb’s pretty well positioned to keep up his sack streak as we enter the 2nd half of the season.I’ve mentioned where Chubb’s standing in relation to other Broncos before, but he’s reaching the point where we need to take a little wider view as well. He leads all 2018 rookies in sacks by a decently wide margin, with the Saints’ Marcus Davenport and the Colts’ Darius Leonard tied for 2nd with 4.0 each. If Chubb keeps up his current pace, he’ll finish the season at or around 14 sacks, which would be good enough to tie Aldon Smith for the 2nd most by a rookie in recorded NFL history. And that mark is just half a sack shy of Jevon Kearse’s 14.5 sacks to lead all rookies. Whether Chubb gets there or not remains to be seen, but he’s definitely capable of it.Courtland SuttonThe king is dead; long live the king? Courtland Sutton is set to make his 2nd career start this week vs the Texans in the wake of the team’s decision to trade Broncos legend Demaryius Thomas to those same Texans. Sutton’s not likely to usurp Sanders’ spot as Case Keenum’s go-to target, but he should see his target share take a sizeable jump. It hasn’t been a bad season so far for Sutton. He’s been on pace for 34 catches for 648 yards and 4 TDs. That’d be a top 3 to top 5 receiving season among rookies in 4 of the last 5 seasons (2014 was insane). But now it’s safe to say that Sutton will increase his pace- he may even have a shot at breaking 1 Peyton Manning Jersey ,000 yards.Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesRoyce FreemanUnfortunately, the thunder in the Broncos’ rookie thunder-and-lightning RB duo is sidelined for the time being. With any luck, Freeman will return after the bye. When he does, the Broncos should get a nice little boost to their woeful redzone production. Not only does Freeman have the power to win in short yardage situations and against stacked boxes, he excels at it.Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesLindsay has definitely eclipsed Freeman’s initial starpower in the Broncos’ backfield, but expect Freeman to earn some of that back when he returns to the field and enhances what’s already one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL.DaeSean HamiltonIf there’s someone who might benefit from the Demaryius Thomas trade even more than Courtland Sutton, it’s DaeSean Hamilton. The shifty, route-wise rookie receiver has been buried on the depth chart so far this season, but that’s set to change... just as soon as he gets back on the field from a knee injury.While he hasn’t done much yet, Hamilton’s skill and potential are definitely there. This is a guy who had many draft analysts salivating prior to the 2018 NFL draft. Here’s hoping that we get to see him shine in the second half of the year.Josey JewellJewell will be making his third career start vs the Texans, filling in for the injured Brandon Marshall in this case. With 17 combined tackles on 173 snaps played so far, he’s currently making the 4th most tackles per snap among Broncos defenders. It’s a small start, but it’s pointing toward what should be a productive future for the young linebacker.Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty ImagesAlso...I’d like to give a shout-out to Jason, at the Bramble Breakfast & Bar in Jenks, OK. As an out-of-state fan, it’s always great to meet other Broncos fans. And it’s even better to meet a regular MHR reader- for me, that was also a first. My wife and I had a great time meeting you and your folks, Jason. You guys made our day! Thanks for reading, man. There’s been a flurry of news regarding cornerback Chris Harris over the last day or so and Harris has now weighed in on where things stand with the Broncos.General Manager John Elway said at a Tuesday press conference that he’s willing to talk to Harris about a new contract after the draft, but made it clear that talking about a new deal doesn’t mean the team will agree to one. Later in the day came word that Harris wants to be traded if the team isn’t willing to do a new deal.Harris told Mike Klis of KUSA that he hopes to stay with the Broncos.“Oh, yeah, definitely,” Harris said. “I want to be here so we can salvage it. … I don’t have any hard feelings about anything. I always wanted to retire here. It’s not me. It can be salvaged.”Given Harris’ desire for a new deal, the route to salvation seems clear. Whether that’s possible is less clear, however.Klis reported that Harris is looking for $15 million a year and that the Broncos aren’t willing to meet that price. If that’s the case, someone’s going to have to change their stance for Harris to stay in Denver.

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