Denver Broncos Offensive Position Groups Ranked vs. AFC West Rivals

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The AFC West has been the talk of the NFL this offseason, largely due to its incredible roster of elite quarterbacks. However, 52 other players will make up these respective teams and could be the difference between the team that finishes first and the one that finishes fourth.

So who takes the crown? Let’s break down the position groups of each team in the AFC West.

Strategist

  1. Kansas City
  2. denver
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Vegas

Kansas City: The man who saved the franchise and became the third player in NFL history to throw for 50 or more touchdowns in a season still reigns supreme. Until someone from the AFC West can prove they can duel him, Patrick Mahomes will remain No. 1.

denver: The talk of the town and one of the biggest trades in NFL history centered on one man: Russell Wilson. Some national analysts may have forgotten who he is, so let’s remind them. He has the second most wins in 10 seasons by a quarterback, behind only Peyton Manning, and is just one season away from being the 10th flagger to throw for 40 or more touchdowns in a season. Wilson is also the only NFL quarterback in the past four seasons to have a passer rating over 100 each season.

Los Angeles: Justin Herbert is amazing, and for him to fall third on a divisional ranking list seems crazy, but it’s the reality of AFC West. Herbert has a chance this season to jump to the NFL’s best, but until he can get his team into the playoffs and prove it on the biggest stage, he’ll stay third.

Vegas: Derek Carr is an exceptional quarterback, but while it’s unfortunate to call him the worst quarterback in the division, the addition of Davante Adams could be the catalyst to move him up the rankings. Yet, for now, Carr is in last place.

Come back

  1. denver
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Vegas
  4. Kansas City

denver: Led by potentially the best backfield duo in the league, the Broncos were a no-brainer to be first. Melvin Gordon became one of the most consistent running backs in the league, and Javonte Williams as a rookie showed the NFL she had a new problem to solve when playing in Denver.

Los Angeles: Austin Ekeler has become one of the league’s elite running backs, but it looks like the organization wants to add some pieces around him to lighten some of the load. The Chargers drafted Isaiah Spiller in the fourth round, who should be a great addition to the room, and Joshua Kelley is another good piece of depth.

Vegas: Perhaps one of the most underrated running backs in the league, Josh Jacobs is very good. He doesn’t add much to the passing game. However, the Kenyan Drake fulfills this need. Overall a solid unit.

Kansas City: The Chiefs may have the deepest group of average players at running back. Former first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire leads the room, which has yet to justify its draft pedigree. The Chiefs also signed Ronald Jones in free agency and re-signed Jerick McKinnon.

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wide receiver

  1. Vegas
  2. denver
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Kansas City

Las Vegas: Davante Adams. You could probably end the debate there, but they also have one of the best slot receivers in the league in Hunter Renfrow. Keelan Cole rounds out the group as a decent third option.

denver: It’s a tight race between the Broncos and Chargers for a second. However, this is a projection for next season, and this group of wide receivers is poised for stardom with Wilson in town. Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler have the potential to be the best top-to-bottom group in the league.

Los Angeles: The Chargers may be better at the top than Denver, with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. However, despite his incredible talent, Williams has proven to be one of the most inconsistent players in the league who also has a long injury history. Joshua Palmer and Jalen Guyton make good third and fourth options.

Kansas City: With the loss of the NFL’s best point guard, the Chiefs’ wide receiving room quickly turned into a who’s who of average talent. Juju Smith-Schuster leads the group based on a season from four years ago. The Chiefs signed Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency and drafted talented prospect Skyy Moore in the second round of the draft. Mecole Hardman could finally make his mark in the unit, but at this point in his career he hasn’t lived up to his second-round status.

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tight end

  1. Kansas City
  2. Vegas
  3. denver
  4. Los Angeles

Kansas City: Travis Kelce always gets the top spot because every season he puts up insane numbers. He may be the best tight end in NFL history, and at the end of his career, he could surpass Tony Gonzalez and Rob Gronkowski as the best to ever do so. It will take a lot for someone to take their place at the top.

Vegas: Darren Waller broke out a few seasons ago and earned his place among the NFL’s best. Last season he was held off through injury, but when he’s on the pitch, Waller’s bond with Carr is evident. Foster Moreau is also a competent substitute.

denver: Potentially more projection than anything else, but this Denver tight end room has a great chance to come to life. Wilson hasn’t traditionally targeted tight ends, but Nathaniel Hackett’s system has used them a lot. With Albert Okwuegbunam and Greg Dulcich leading the pass-catching lines and Eric Tomlinson filling a blocking role, this could be a surprisingly good unit for Denver this season.

Los Angeles: Easily the least flashy unit in the division with Gerald Everett and Donald Parham, who are decent players, but they’re nothing out of the ordinary and are the weak link in this Chargers offense.

offensive line

  1. Kansas City
  2. denver
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Vegas

Kansas City: The Chiefs had one of the best drafts in terms of finding offensive line talent in recent memory, adding Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith last year. The Chiefs also brought in Orlando Brown Jr. by trading a first-round pick and signed Joe Thuney in free agency last year. It may be one of the best offensive lines in the league.

denver: Led by former scapegoat turned second-team All-Pro Garett Bolles, the O-line room filled out with great depth inside with Graham Glasgow, Netane Muti, Dalton Risner, ‘The Belly’ Quinn Meinerz and Lloyd Cushenberry. Denver’s interior O line is going to be very competitive. The question from one season to another remains however as to the correct positioning of the tackle. Billy Turner looks the most likely to claim the job, but injuries could hold him back. Denver also signed Tom Compton, who could play if needed, and has excellent backup swing tackle Calvin Anderson ready to get more starting reps.

Los Angeles: The Chargers drafted Rashawn Slater and signed Corey Linsley, who overhauled their unit last year. LA drafted Zion Johnson in the first round of this year to bolster their interior. The Chargers lost veteran Bryan Bulaga in the offseason, and Trey Pipkins will apparently replace him.

Vegas: Alex Leatherwood and Kolton Miller headline this unit and are good tackles, but the Raiders could struggle this season inside. Compared to the rest of the west, the Raiders lack depth and star power, but could prove to be an average unit in the NFL.

Aggregated Offensive Ratings

  1. Denver: 2.0
  2. Kansas City: 2.2
  3. Vegas 2.8
  4. Los Angeles 3.0

Overall, the Broncos get the highest score due to the potential of this new system with Wilson. However, it may take a few weeks for it to fade.

The Chiefs are held together by Mahomes, Kelce and their offensive line, while the Raiders and Chargers would likely score much higher if they were compared to the rest of the league instead of the AFC West. At the end of the season, we could easily see one of these teams ranked 1-4, because that’s how close they all are.

AFC West should be fireworks


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