With just days to go until the season opener for the Denver Broncos, fans are excited about how the season unfolds.
New owners, a new coaching staff, a freshly extended quarterback and several new faces on the roster, along with the return of a solid core, give Broncos country optimism for the 2022 season. I give you a lot of good reasons.
Of course, predictions are made with each new season. There are those who are predicting a certain number of Broncos wins, a playoff trip, and perhaps even a Super Bowl run.
But there are other items that are fun and predictable. bold with them. Here are my bold predictions for certain Broncos players for the 2022 season.
Do you know? Maybe one or two come true.
1. Russell Wilson among top 3 MVP candidates
Wilson has had a great career so far, but this season he is nearing some milestones with 300 passing touchdowns and 40,000 passing yards.
However, Wilson has never won an MVP award despite being nominated for the Pro Bowl 10 times in the past 11 seasons. Here, we’re betting that Wilson will reach new heights and that he’ll become a serious candidate, at least in the top three in the polls.
2. Javonte Williams scores at least 10 TDs
Last season, Williams averaged 4.4 yards per carry, had four rushing touchdowns, and scored three more passes. He is expected to do even better this season as he takes over as primary back.
I’m betting Williams will score double-digit touchdowns this season. He can also threaten to break his mark for 1,000 yards rushing, but his 10 touchdowns combined rushing and receiving seem like a good bet.
3. Jerry Judy breaks with 80+ catches
Judy was targeted 113 times as a rookie, but could only catch 52 passes. Between drops and ineffective quarterback plays, he was unable to take advantage of those targets.
But better quarterback play and Judy’s own improvement could lead to more receptions, as long as he’s healthy. .
4. Bradley Chubb records double-digit sacks
Chubb’s 2021 season was a disappointment, and he’ll have a lot to prove this season, especially as he enters the final year of his first-round draft deal.
But I’ve seen Chubb hit double-digit sacks as a rookie. He wasn’t far off when he got his first Pro Bowl nod in 2020. A healthy Chubb and more players capable of generating pressure should mean his 10-sack season isn’t out of the question either.
5. Patrick Sartane II doubles interceptions
Satain has shown a lot of potential as a rookie, breaking 14 passes and intercepting four.
For example, it can be difficult to come close to last year’s Trevon Diggs 14th pick. But they could target him enough for Surtain to reach his 8th pick.
6. Broncos special teams finish top 16
Over the past few years, the Broncos have been among the worst on special teams, ranking in the bottom five. soccer outsiderDVOA. Bet on that change this year.
Between Montrell Washington’s bona fide return man, better coaching from coordinator Dwayne Starks, and players who should be doing more to contain their opponents, the Broncos are in the top half of the league with a special team It’s definitely going to be quite a turnaround.
7. Justin Simmons won First Team All-Pro
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Justin Simmons is one of the NFL’s top safeties and a Pro Bowl bidder. Unfortunately, All-Pro voters didn’t see his direction in the first-team ballot because he played for his one of the worst teams in the league, but he earned second-team honors twice. (2019, 2021).
But with the Broncos expected to be playoff contenders, more voters should pay attention. I’m betting Simmons is playing at a high level, and voters should nod to a first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career.
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