Scan the Broncos' roster, their division brethren and their offseason moves, and there is a lot to like about what's to come when the team reconvenes for training camp next month. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, one of the Broncos' offseason acquisitions who signed a one-year contract, has said some of his peers simply put it as "Y'all are stacked over there." There is the top-five defense from 2012 that includes Von Miller, a player most NFL personnel executives believe is poised to join the game's elite. And there is the No. 2-ranked scoring offense from a year ago that has added slot receiver Wes Welker. "We feel good about the work we've done to this point," said quarterback Peyton Manning. "We feel good about our expectations and what kind of team we have. But it still is going to come down to execution — everybody, me included, doing what they're supposed to do, how they're supposed to do it. About staying healthy. You never want to look at it like there's nothing to concern yourself with or that you don't have to put in the work. Because it's been my experience that's almost never the case." The Broncos, in the swirl of discussion about how many points they will score, how many sacks Miller will have, how Welker will fit in or what Willis McGahee's departure will mean, still have one area where the symbol is crossed fingers. Two starters on the offensive line — center J.D. Walton and left tackle Ryan Clady — are recovering from surgeries and didn't take part in team workouts over the past two months. Clady, who was designated the team's franchise player (a one-year contract worth $9.828 million), hasn't participated in any of the Broncos' offseason programs because he is hoping to get a long-term deal as he works his way back from shoulder surgery. Chris Clark has worked in Clady's slot while Manny Ramirez, who started 11 games last season at guard in place of injured Chris Kuper, has been working at center with the regulars. Kuper, who is trying to work back from ankle surgeries and isn't cleared for running or full workouts in the team's weight room, is a question mark.
Optimistic Broncos still have a fundamental question to answer
Denver Post | Jun 16