3 Broncos Players Who Have a Make-or-Break 2020 Season Ahead

David Kaestle
DaeSean Hamilton needs to bounce back for a big 2020 season.
DaeSean Hamilton needs to bounce back for a big 2020 season. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
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The Denver Broncos are continuing their rebuild in 2020 and have seemed to have found their franchise quarterback in Drew Lock. While the sample size is small, his 4-1 record as the starter last season was a promising sign for a team that has swung and missed on a few quarterbacks in recent years.

However, just because their QB situation seems to be in a good place, that doesn't mean they don't have other players on their roster who are in need of a big season. Let examine three players who are heading into a make-or-break year in 2020 for the Broncos.

1. DaeSean Hamilton, Wide Receiver

DaeSean Hamilton celebrates a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders.
DaeSean Hamilton celebrates a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

DaeSean Hamilton had high hopes coming into last season as the Broncos' third and soon-to-be second wide receiver, but those hopes fell flat when he was only able to haul in 297 receiving yards on 28 catches. Courtland Sutton emerged as the top target once Emmanuel Sanders was dealt to San Francisco. With only Sutton ahead of him on the depth chart as of now, Hamilton is going to have to make a big leap in 2020 to prove his legitimacy as a consistent receiving threat.

2. A.J. Bouye, Cornerback

A.J. Bouye on the field during a game in 2019.
A.J. Bouye on the field during a game in 2019. / James Gilbert/Getty Images

A.J. Bouye gets a chance to be a No. 1 corner for this Broncos team, a designation he held for a brief stint last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars after the Jalen Ramsey trade. He was great in his first season with Jacksonville, turning in 56 tackles, 6 INTs and 18 pass deflections, but those numbers dropped the following two years. He's only had one INT in each of the last two seasons and eight pass deflections in each as well. Now playing in Denver, Bouye should have plenty of opportunity going up against the AFC West's top receivers, but if his numbers take another dip, the Broncos might have to look elsewhere for a top corner.

3. Noah Fant, Tight End

Noah Fant needs to be more consistent in year two.
Noah Fant needs to be more consistent in year two. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Like Drew Lock, Fant showed flashes of greatness last year, especially in the middle and end of the season. Now entering year two as the clear No. 1 option at tight end, Fant will have to prove he can become more consistent. While that's expected for a rookie to take a jump and improve in year two, if he takes a step back, it could be warning signs of a long-term issue.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. 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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