In 2020, the Broncos’ secondary by no means fairly discovered its groove.
Denver’s beginning cornerback tandem began simply six video games collectively attributable to accidents, and finally eight totally different corners logged no less than one begin. The Broncos made do and nonetheless completed sixteenth within the league in passing yards allowed, however they lacked game-changing potential; Solely 4 groups had fewer interceptions than Denver’s 10 final season.
In 2021, nevertheless, the Broncos’ secondary may very well be their strongest asset. The workforce retained its security tandem with new contracts for Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson, and it signed cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Ronald Darby in free company. Then, with the ninth-overall choose, they chose maybe the very best defensive participant within the draft in Pat Surtain II.
Mixed, that provides the Broncos a secondary that Pro Football Focus ranks as the league’s best getting into the 2021 season.
“No workforce improved its secondary greater than the Broncos this offseason,” PFF’s Ben Linsey wrote. “Final 12 months, third-round rookie Michael Ojemudia, an injured A.J. Bouye and Bryce Callahan — who performed out of his pure slot place — have been the workforce’s high three exterior cornerbacks. Denver now has the luxurious of deciding which of Kyle Fuller, Ronald Darby or top-10 choose Patrick Surtain II will begin the season on the bench attributable to Callahan seemingly shifting again inside.”
Whereas Denver’s proficient cornerback group is one thing of a projection at this level, the Broncos’ safeties are a confirmed commodity after two seasons collectively.
“The Broncos even have a case for fielding the league’s finest security tandem,” Linsey added. “Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson rank second and sixth, respectively, in PFF’s Wins Above Alternative metric for the reason that begin of the 2019 season.”