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3 Broncos Players in Danger of Losing Their Starting Jobs in the 2020 NFL Season

Tristan Jung
New Broncos head coach Vic Fangio will have many decisions to make during the offseason.
New Broncos head coach Vic Fangio will have many decisions to make during the offseason. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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The Denver Broncos made some major changes in the offseason. They fired head coach Vance Joseph and brought in former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. They also made a splash in the 2020 NFL Draft by taking two wide receivers, Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler, with their first two picks.

Those offseason changes should also translate to some personnel changes on the Broncos' depth chart. Here's a list of three players in danger of losing their starting jobs in 2020.

1. Bryce Callahan, CB

Bryce Callahan didn't play a snap for the Broncos in 2019 due to an injury.
Bryce Callahan didn't play a snap for the Broncos in 2019 due to an injury. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

On paper, former Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan should be the Broncos No. 2 option behind A.J. Bouye at CB, thanks to a three-year contract he signed in the 2019 offseason. However, though Callahan and Fangio know each other well, Callahan missed all of 2019 due to a broken foot and has already accepted a pay cut to stay on the roster. His health is a big question mark heading into the season. He'll also have competition from third-rounder Michael Ojemudia, who impressed during his college career at Iowa.

2. Patrick Morris and Graham Glasgow, C

Patrick Morris was claimed off waivers in 2019 by the Broncos.
Patrick Morris was claimed off waivers in 2019 by the Broncos. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Right now, Patrick Morris would technically be the incumbent starter returning at center, but head coach Vic Fangio has already said that third-round pick Lloyd Cushenberry III out of LSU will compete with Morris for the Day 1 job. New signing Graham Glasgow can play center too, but he seems more likely to compete for one of the guard spots. Right now, it's safe to say that Lloyd Cushenberry III could be in the starting lineup as soon as preseason rolls around.

3. Mike Purcell, DT

Mike Purcell started seven games for the Broncos last year.
Mike Purcell started seven games for the Broncos last year. / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

While 29-year-old veteran Mike Purcell is hardly a bad option at defensive tackle, the Broncos have a crowded room at defensive line after trading for Jurrell Casey. Rising star Dre'Mont Jones and intriguing rookie third-round pick McTelvin Agim are also going to need snaps, and Purcell could end up being the odd man out due to the quality of Shelby Harris. A scenario where Jones or Agim crack the starting lineup would likely result in Purcell being demoted to being a highly capable backup.


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Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan Jung also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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