The Denver Broncos have been a team worth watching with the NFL trade deadline quickly approaching, but it does not sound like we should be expecting any blockbusters from them in advance of next Tuesday.
With rumors swirling that the Broncos could entertain trade offers for top wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver reports that both players are expected to remain with the team through the end of the season.
Update to yesterday's story, the Broncos will not trade Demaryius Thomas this week and are not actively shopping him, per source. Will they listen if teams are interested as Tuesday trade deadline approaches next week? Probably. But good bet DT finishes season in Denver. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 24, 2018
Most calls Broncos get are from teams interested in Emmanuel Sanders. The Broncos are not trading Sanders, per source. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 24, 2018
Sanders is more productive and less expensive than Thomas, so it makes sense that the Broncos would not want to trade him. However, the flip side of that is that he would return more value, whereas most teams probably aren’t going to give up much to take on Thomas’ inflated contract at his age.
This isn’t the first we have heard about Denver being open to offers for Thomas, but it’s doubtful that any inquiry they receive is going to be worthwhile.
The Denver Broncos were impressed enough with Chad Kelly during the offseason that they decided to move on from former first-round pick Paxton Lynch, but things have changed in a hurry.
Kelly was arrested early Tuesday morning for criminal trespassing, and president of football operations John Elway is reportedly furious about it. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Elway has not ruled out releasing Kelly.
#Broncos GM John Elway met with QB Chad Kelly following his arrest, I’m told. Elway is extremely angry with the player (not the Western-themed party that Von Miller throws every year where many community members attend). All options — including release — on the table for Kelly.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2018
There was a report recently that Kelly might get a chance to start for the Broncos given how poorly Case Keenum has played, but that now seems unlikely. Kelly, the last pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was kicked off the team at Clemson before enrolling in a junior college and later going on to play at Ole Miss. He was not invited to the NFL combine due to off-field issues.
The Denver Broncos are working to get ready for Sunday’s important divisional matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, but those who work for the team’s public relations department may have more on their plates this week than anyone.
In addition to questions about Chad Kelly being arrested early Tuesday morning for criminal trespassing, the Broncos are also going to deal with some inquiries about some of their players wearing cocaine-themed costumes to a Halloween party hosted by Von Miller on Monday night. As some social media clips gathered by TMZ show, linebacker Brandon Marshall and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders wore costumes to the bash that would not have been complete without their fake drug accessories.
Marshall went to the party dressed as Bobby Brown, and he was carrying a bag of white powder around at one point:
Looks like a good time was had by all at Von Miller’s Halloween bash last night. (Brandon Marshall pictured as Bobby Brown) pic.twitter.com/790USpqCPZ
— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) October 23, 2018
Sanders dressed as Tyrone Biggums, everyone’s favorite fictional crackhead from “Chapelle’s Show.” He rubbed white powder all over his face to complete the look.
— KOA NewsRadio (@KOANewsRadio) October 23, 2018
We get the concept of Halloween, but the Broncos would undoubtedly prefer it if their players weren’t making light of drug use on social media for the whole world to see. They’ve already weighed in on the Kelly arrest, and it would not be a surprise if the team had to address the Halloween party as well.
Denver Broncos quarterback Chad Kelly was arrested early Tuesday morning, and the team is not pleased with his latest off-field issue.
Shortly after it was announced that Kelly was arrested for first-degree criminal trespass, the Broncos released a statement saying they are “disappointed” in the former Ole Miss star and are still gathering information about the incident.
Statement from the #Broncos following the arrest of QB Chad Kelly:
“We are disappointed that Chad Kelly was arrested early this morning. Our organization has been in contact with Chad, and we are in the process of gathering more information.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2018
While there are not many details surrounding the arrest, the implication is that Kelly entered a residence where he was not welcome.
Kelly, the last pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was kicked off the team at Clemson before enrolling in a junior college and later going on to play at Ole Miss. He was not invited to the NFL combine due to off-field issues, but he had impressed Denver’s coaching staff enough during the offseason that they decided to move on from former first-round pick Paxton Lynch.
There was a report recently that Kelly might get a chance to start for the Broncos given how poorly Case Keenum has played, but that now seems unlikely.
The Denver Broncos finally woke up with a dominant performance against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, but it sounds like they are still considering tearing down their roster and rebuilding.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that several teams have reached out to the Broncos about potentially trading for Demaryius Thomas, and Denver is listening to the offers. While that does not mean a trade will happen, the Broncos are clearly open to it.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, teams have been inquiring about both Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders since before the season began, but Schefter’s report states that the Broncos have only been interested in listening to offers for Thomas, not Sanders. While the 31-year-old Sanders is older than the 30-year-old Thomas, he has been more productive in recent seasons and is playing on a more team-friendly contract.
Thomas failed to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark last season for the first time in six years, and he has 33 catches for 372 yards and three touchdowns this year. It does not appear his new diet has resulted in anything miraculous happening, though Denver’s passing game as a whole has been a mess over the past several seasons.
While teams like the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints could not have scripted much better starts to their 2018 season, there are plenty of others that have ground to make up heading into Week 7. Some teams are facing must-win situations if they want to remain in postseason contention. Others simply need a win to prevent their seasons from spiraling out of control, and to maintain job security.
Here are 10 NFL teams that badly need to win their next game, whether that is in Week 7 or coming out of the bye in Week 8:
Jerry Jones still seems to believe that this year’s team is a contender. They will have to win on Sunday to prove that. Dallas is 3-3 and coming off its biggest win of the season as they demolished the Jags 40-7. The NFC East is up for grabs, being currently led by 3-2 Washington, whom the Cowboys face on the road. Dallas is 0-3 on the road this season, and dropping to 3-4 on the season would make winning the division tough, especially if Philly wins in Week 7. The Cowboys probably are unlikely to grab a wild-card spot, so winning the division is their easiest path to the playoffs. They are unlikely to do so if they don’t beat Washington this weekend.
John Elway has once again leveled a serious criticism against his Denver Broncos.
Elway spoke on the radio with Orange and Blue 760 on Monday and said his defense has gotten “soft” when asked how to fix the run defense.
“You know that’s a good question,” Elway said, via The Athletic. “Obviously we’ve gotten very soft in there and to give up the amount of yardage we have in the last two weeks has been tough. We’re not playing well inside and obviously we’ve played some good teams. The Rams are a good rushing team, Gurley is a very, very good back. But that is a big, big concern right now and we have to figure out how to get that solved.”
The Broncos defense allowed 270 rushing yards to the Rams in Week 6. The week before they allowed 323 rushing yards in a loss to the Jets. That’s not going to get the job done. Denver now has the worst rushing defense in the league, and a four-game losing streak to match.
Elway called his team “soft” last year too. You have to wonder how long he’ll stick with a head coach who has presided over two years of “soft” teams.