Top Ten Most Impactful Broncos In 2022

July 31, 2022

Some of these players I chose to be the most impactful will surprise you!

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10. The Offensive Line

Coming into the season, the Bronco’s offensive line is ranked 16th, according to PFF, whereas last season they finished 19th. They have added a new piece at right tackle in Billy Turner who is a slight upgrade from Bobby Massie. Bolles, Risner, Cushenberry, and Meinerz are returning starters with a good rapport with each other. 

This Will be one of the best offensive lines Russell Wilson has had in his career, and Wilson is the best quarterback any of these offensive linemen have had. With the comradery with the returning linemen as well as good chemistry in private practices with Wilson, this offensive line could easily impact the direction of this offense.

9. D.J. Jones

Coming into Denver after being with San Francisco for five seasons, Jones has been very disruptive to opposing quarterbacks. He finished last season with 56 total tackles, 24 pressures, and just two sacks. Jones’ may lack in the sack department, but the run game is where he shines the most. He ranked number one amongst interior defensive linemen in run stop win rate. Expect Jones to be very impactful up front on the defensive side this season.

8. Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon has played a key part in the run game in the last two seasons. Despite splitting time with 2021 rookie Javonte Williams, he still managed to rush for 918 yards and scored eight rushing touchdowns on 203 carries. He has been very consistent in his two seasons with Denver, and I would expect very similar production from him in 2022.

7. Tim Patrick

Patrick has been consistently good as the third wide receiver on the team for two consecutive seasons. Putting up back-to-back 700-plus-yard seasons, and eleven touchdowns with poor quarterback play. He comes in as the third wideout again this season but with a major quarterback upgrade. He could potentially be a part of a wide receiver core that has three 1000-yard seasons!

6. Jerry Jeudy

Coming into his third year in the league, Jeudy has underperformed people’s expectations thus far. Coming out of college he was arguably the best receiver in his respective draft class. I’m his rookie season he was forced to be the team’s number one option, posting 800 plus yards and only three touchdowns. 

In his second season, he faced some injury issues, in five games he managed to get 467 yards and no touchdowns. Coming into 2022 he has looked healthy and has been working out with his new quarterback, Russell Wilson. Jeudy has had a strong connection with Wilson in the first two days of training camp and even has been sitting in on quarterback meetings. Jerry will need to post some big numbers to prove the naysayers wrong!

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5. Javonte Williams 

Javonte Williams has been a hit name since coming into the league. He was one of the top running backs in his draft class, despite splitting carries with Michael Carter at North Carolina. Williams’s run game is old-school smash-mouth football, he runs viciously through defensive players. 

In his rookie season splitting carries evenly with Melvin Gordon he still put up some impressive numbers, 903 rushing yards, and four touchdowns! He comes into the 2022 season with a year of experience and he should lead the backfield in carries, which would boost his productivity. 

4. Courtland Sutton

Sutton is coming into his fifth season in the NFL, he had a breakout season in 2019 with 1,112 receiving yards and six touchdowns. The following season he suffered a torn ACL in the second game of the year. After a year of rehabbing his knee, he returned in 2021 healthy. It has been a trend for players who tear their ACL to have a down season following recovery.

Sutton finished the 2021 season as the leading wideout in yards with 776 and put up two receiving touchdowns. Coming into this season he looks back to his 2019 form if not better! He has been building a good rapport with his new quarterback Russell Wilson all off-season. With a new offense dedicated to the pass, a future hall of fame quarterback, and a good bill of health I would book Courtland Sutton to be a top ten wide receiver in the league this season.

3. Patrick Surtain

This kid is an absolute gamechanger on defense! On paper, his rookie season doesn’t look too impressive, but when you get into the film he was a top cornerback in the NFL. When covering top Receivers like Tyreek Hill, Ja’Marr Chase, Odell Beckham Jr, and Terry McLaurin he held them to a combined ZERO yards! Surtain said this year that he was just getting his feet wet last season and expects to be even more dominant and consistent. He has earned high praise from coaches and players in the NFL. After being a top corner in his rookie year expect him to contend with Jalen Ramsey for the title of best corner in the NFL.

2. Justin Simmons

After the 2021 season, Simmons was ranked as the fifth-best coverage safety in the NFL by PFF. He finished with 80 total tackles, five interceptions, one and a half sacks, and 12 pass breakups. He was ranked as the number one safety in the NFL by coaches, executives, and his peers. He has been the sole leader for the Denver Broncos for years now, and now he has a teammate to help [p him in that department. Russell Wilson brings new energy to this team and it gives everyone a confidence boost. With having to be slightly less of a leader Simmons can focus a little more on his game, and being he’s rated number one expect him to keep proving why he got that ranking.

1. Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson a Super Bowl champion and future hall of Famer has been a top-five quarterback since his rookie season. While it was a down season due to a lingering finger injury he still managed to be an above-average quarterback. Wilson has been held back from his full potential with the Seahawks, and Pete Carroll has always taken a run-first approach. 

Russell is joining a high-potential team with loads of talent. This will by far be the best group of wide receivers he has played with in his ten seasons. Sutton is like a hybrid of Metcalf and Lockett, Jeudy has the route running ability like Davante Adams, Tim Patrick is one of the league’s best possession receivers, and KJ Hamler can stretch the field like Tyreek Hill. 

Russ isn’t the only newcomer on the Broncos this year, he is joined by head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Hackett has been the offensive coordinator for the past two years in Green Bay. Hackett has been known as a pass-first coach, which is what Wilson has always wanted. When you put all of these pieces together it’s a recipe for success for the Broncos.

Wilson is coming in as healthy as ever and as confident as ever, expect him to reclaim his top five position at quarterback and potentially number one. Russ is the final piece of the puzzle for the Broncos and is the number one most impactful player on this list because he has enough juice to take this team to the promised land!