|2017 Denver Broncos season|
|Head coach||Vance Joseph|
|General manager||John Elway|
|Owner||The Pat Bowlen Trust|
|Home field||Sports Authority Field at Mile High (naming rights subject to change)|
|Division place||2nd AFC West|
The 2017 Denver Broncos season is the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and the 58th overall. It is also the first season under new head coach Vance Joseph, as Gary Kubiak, the team's head coach during the previous two seasons, retired due to health concerns. The Broncos will attempt to improve on their 9–7 record from 2016.
On January 2, 2017, one day after the 2016 regular season finale, head coach Gary Kubiak announced his retirement from coaching due to health concerns. Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke in 2013 while coaching the Houston Texans, as well as a migraine condition that forced him to miss one game during the 2016 season. In his two seasons as the Broncos' head coach, Kubiak led the team to a 24–11 record (including the playoffs) — the most victories of any coach in the first two seasons with the team, as well as guiding the Broncos to a victory in Super Bowl 50.
On January 11, Vance Joseph was hired as the Broncos' new head coach. Joseph, a University of Colorado alum, served as a defensive backs coach with the San Francisco 49ers from 2005–2010, in the same capacity on Gary Kubiak's staff with the Houston Texans from 2011–2013 and with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2014–2015. The Broncos previously recruited Joseph for the team's defensive coordinator position in 2015, but were denied permission by the Bengals. Joseph was the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator in 2016.
Following the hiring of Vance Joseph, the Broncos made the following additions to their coaching staff:
|C||Sam Brenner||TBD||originally an RFA|
|WR||Marlon Brown||TBD||released September 2|
|RB||Justin Forsett||None||retired on May 3|
|OT||Russell Okung||Los Angeles Chargers||contract option declined, signed with the Chargers on March 9|
|LB||DeMarcus Ware||None||retired on March 13|
|LB||Dekoda Watson||San Francisco 49ers||signed with the 49ers on March 17|
|CB||Kayvon Webster||Los Angeles Rams||signed with the Rams on March 13|
|NT||Sylvester Williams||Tennessee Titans||signed with the Titans on March 10|
|DE||Billy Winn||TBD||re-signed May 2, placed on injured reserve August 12|
|LB||Todd Davis||Denver Broncos||assigned tender on March 8|
|PK||Brandon McManus||Denver Broncos||assigned tender on March 8, re-signed June 14|
|LB||Zaire Anderson||Denver Broncos||assigned tender on March 8|
|LB||Shaquil Barrett||Denver Broncos||assigned tender on March 8|
|RB||Kapri Bibbs||Denver Broncos||assigned tender on March 8|
|C||James Ferentz||Denver Broncos||assigned tender on March 8|
|WR||Bennie Fowler||Denver Broncos||assigned tender on March 8|
|LS||Casey Kreiter||Denver Broncos||assigned tender on March 8, re-signed April 3|
|C||Matt Paradis||Denver Broncos||assigned tender on March 8, re-signed April 3|
|NT||Kyle Peko||TBD||waived September 2, re-signed September 3, waived September 9,
assigned to the practice squad on September 11, re-signed September 18
|WR||Jordan Taylor||Denver Broncos||assigned tender on March 8, re-signed April 3|
|DE||Jimmy Bean||None||claimed off waivers on August 25, waived August 29|
|RB||Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs||signed May 2|
|LB||Kasim Edebali||New Orleans Saints||signed March 13|
|CB||Chris Lewis-Harris||Cincinnati Bengals
|signed June 14, released September 2|
|NT||Zach Kerr||Indianapolis Colts||signed March 11|
|G||Ronald Leary||Dallas Cowboys||signed March 9|
|LB||Danny Mason||Chicago Bears||signed July 29, waived September 2|
|LB||Deiontrez Mount||None||signed August 29, waived September 2,
assigned to the practice squad on September 3
|NT||Domata Peko||Cincinnati Bengals||signed March 11|
|QB||Brock Osweiler||Houston Texans||signed September 2|
|DE||Bobby Richardson||Kansas City Chiefs||signed February 24, waived May 2|
|RB||Stevan Ridley||Atlanta Falcons||signed July 27, released September 2|
|DT||Ahtyba Rubin||Seattle Seahawks||signed September 15, released October 17|
|WR||Hunter Sharp||Philadelphia Eagles||promoted from the practice squad on October 18|
|OT||Menelik Watson||Oakland Raiders||signed March 10|
|Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2016 season.|
|LB||Vontarrius Dora||waived September 2|
|C||James Ferentz||waived May 10|
|LB||Quentin Gause||waived September 2|
|TE||Henry Krieger-Coble||waived July 29|
|CB||Taurean Nixon||waived June 14|
|WR||Kalif Raymond||waived September 2|
|RB||Juwan Thompson||waived September 2|
|S||T. J. Ward||released September 2|
|G||Michael Schofield||waived September 2 |
|1||20||Garett Bolles||OT||Utah||signed May 11|
|2||51||DeMarcus Walker||DE||Florida State||signed May 13|
|3||82||Carlos Henderson||WR||Louisiana Tech||signed May 26, placed on injured reserve September 2|
|101||Brendan Langley||CB||Lamar||signed May 11|
|5||145||Jake Butt||TE||Michigan||signed May 11, placed on the non-football injury list September 2|
|172||Isaiah McKenzie||WR||Georgia||signed May 8|
|6||203||De'Angelo Henderson||RB||Coastal Carolina||signed May 10|
|7||253||Chad Kelly||QB||Ole Miss||signed May 10, placed on the non-football injury list September 2|
Note: Prior to the draft, the Broncos received four compensatory selections — one in the third round (No. 101 overall), one in the fifth round (No. 177 overall) and two in the seventh round (Nos. 252 and 253 overall). This was the first time in NFL draft history in which teams were allowed to trade compensatory selections, and the Broncos later traded the No. 177 and No. 252 selections — see table below.
|Trading team||Broncos give||Broncos receive||Source|
|Cleveland Browns||Fourth-round selection (No. 126)
Seventh-round selection (No. 252 — compensatory)
|Fifth-round selection (No. 145)
Fifth-round selection (No. 175 — later traded to the Green Bay Packers)
|Green Bay Packers||Fifth-round selection (No. 175)
Sixth-round selection (No. 238)
|Fifth-round selection (No. 172)|
|San Francisco 49ers||Fifth-round selection (No. 177 — compensatory)
Running back Kapri Bibbs
|2018 fourth-round selection|
|Original sixth-round selection (No. 202)
2016 sixth-round selection
|2016 seventh-round selection
Tight end Vernon Davis
|New England Patriots||Original fifth-round selection (No. 163)||Tight end A. J. Derby|||
|Tennessee Titans||2016 fifth- and seventh-round selections||Sixth-round selection (No. 203)|||
|DE||Nelson Adams||Mississippi State||originally signed and waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers,
claimed off waivers on August 12, waived September 2
|G||Erik Austell||Charleston Southern||waived June 6|
|LB||Josh Banderas||Nebraska||designated as waived/injured on July 24|
|S||Dante Barnett||Kansas State||waived September 2|
|S||Jamal Carter||Miami (FL)||the only undrafted rookie to make the Week 1 roster|
|DE||Ken Ekanem||Virginia Tech||waived September 2|
|LB||Jerrol Garcia-Williams||Hawaii||waived September 2, assigned to the practice squad on September 3|
|LB||Deon Hollins||UCLA||waived September 2|
|G||Cameron Hunt||Oregon||waived September 2|
|NT||Tyrique Jarrett||Pittsburgh||waived September 2, assigned to the practice squad on September 3,
promoted to the active roster on September 11,
assigned to the practice squad on September 18
|G||Chris Muller||Rutgers||originally signed and waived by the Indianapolis Colts,
claimed off waivers on June 6, waived July 27
|WR||Anthony Nash||Duke||waived September 2|
|CB||Dontrell Nelson||Memphis||waived August 25|
|CB||Marcus Rios||UCLA||waived September 2, assigned to the practice squad on September 3|
|QB||Kyle Sloter||Northern Colorado||waived September 2|
|DE||Shakir Soto||Pittsburgh||waived September 2|
|S||Orion Stewart||Baylor||waived September 2|
|S||Dymonte Thomas||Michigan||waived September 2, assigned to the practice squad on September 3|
|OT||Elijah Wilkinson||UMass||waived September 2, assigned to the practice squad on September 3|
|RB||Stanley Williams||Kentucky||originally signed and waived by the Cincinnati Bengals,
claimed off waivers on August 21, waived September 2
Denver Broncos staff
Denver Broncos roster
|1||August 10||at Chicago Bears||W 24–17||1–0||Soldier Field||Recap|
|2||August 19||at San Francisco 49ers||W 33–14||2–0||Levi's Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 26||Green Bay Packers||W 20–17||3–0||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Recap|
|4||August 31||Arizona Cardinals||W 30–2||4–0||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Recap|
|1||September 11||8:20 p.m. MDT||Los Angeles Chargers||W 24–21||1–0||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||ESPN||Recap|
|2||September 17||2:25 p.m. MDT||Dallas Cowboys||W 42–17||2–0||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Fox||Recap|
|3||September 24||11:00 a.m. MDT||at Buffalo Bills||L 16–26||2–1||New Era Field||CBS||Recap|
|4||October 1||2:25 p.m. MDT||Oakland Raiders||W 16–10||3–1||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||CBS||Recap|
|6||October 15||6:30 p.m. MDT||New York Giants||L 10–23||3–2||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||NBC||Recap|
|7||October 22||2:25 p.m. MDT||at Los Angeles Chargers||StubHub Center||CBS|
|8||October 30||6:30 p.m. MDT||at Kansas City Chiefs||Arrowhead Stadium||ESPN #|
|9||November 5||11:00 a.m. MST||at Philadelphia Eagles||Lincoln Financial Field||CBS|
|10||November 12||6:30 p.m. MST||New England Patriots||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||NBC|
|11||November 19||2:25 p.m. MST||Cincinnati Bengals||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||CBS|
|12||November 26||2:25 p.m. MST||at Oakland Raiders||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum||CBS|
|13||December 3||11:00 a.m. MST||at Miami Dolphins||Hard Rock Stadium||CBS|
|14||December 10||2:05 p.m. MST||New York Jets||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||CBS|
|15||December 14||6:25 p.m. MST||at Indianapolis Colts||Lucas Oil Stadium||NBC/NFLN/
|16||December 24||11:00 a.m. MST||at Washington Redskins||FedExField||CBS|
|17||December 31||2:25 p.m. MST||Kansas City Chiefs||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||CBS|
For a seventh consecutive year, the Broncos kicked off the season at home, in the second half of the opening Monday night doubleheader against the Los Angeles Chargers. After an exchange of punts, a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trevor Siemian to wide receiver Bennie Fowler III game the Broncos the early lead. The drive was kept alive as the result of a near-interception by Chargers' cornerback Casey Hayward. On the first play of the second quarter, the Chargers countered, with quarterback Philip Rivers connecting on an 11-yard touchdown pass to running back Melvin Gordon, with Ingram leaping above Broncos' safety Justin Simmons in order to reach the goal line. The Broncos re-claimed the lead later in the second quarter, with Siemian rushing for a 1-yard touchdown, then added to their lead on their initial possession of the second half, with another touchdown pass from Siemian to Fowler — from 6 yards out. The Broncos reached the Chargers' 3-yard line on a 14-play, 78-yard drive that chewed up the last 8:16 of the third quarter, but had to settle on a 20-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus to increase their lead to 24–7.
After stopping the Chargers on a 4th-and-1 near midfield, the Broncos' offense committed two turnovers — an interception of Siemian by Chargers' safety Adrian Phillips and a fumble by running back Jamaal Charles. The Chargers took advantage of both turnovers and narrowed the Broncos' lead to 24–21, with a pair of touchdown passes by Rivers — a 5-yarder to wide receiver Keenan Allen followed by a 38-yarder to wide receiver Travis Benjamin — the latter occurring with seven minutes remaining in the game. Following an exchange of punts, the Chargers had one last possession at the two-minute warning and were forced to use their last timeout with 42 seconds remaining. Six plays later, the Chargers were attempting a game-tying field goal to send the game to overtime. Placekicker Younghoe Koo's initial field goal was good; however, it was nullified as the result of Broncos' head coach Vance Joseph calling a timeout in order to ice the kicker. Koo's second attempt was blocked by defensive end Shelby Harris, sealing the win for the Broncos.
Vance Joseph and Chargers' head coach Anthony Lynn became the first two head coaches of African American descent to make their coaching debuts in the same game. Beth Mowins, who handled the play-by-play duties for ESPN, became the first woman to call an NFL game since 1987.
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Quarterback Trevor Siemian threw four touchdown passes — two to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and running back C. J. Anderson scored two touchdowns — one rushing and one receiving, in a dominating win over the Cowboys. The Broncos' defense limited running back Ezekiel Elliott, the league's leading rusher from the 2016 season, to just eight yards on nine carries, while cornerback Aqib Talib returned an interception off Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott 103 yards for a touchdown. Near the end of the first quarter, the game was delayed by one hour due to lightning in the Denver area.
Aqib Talib's 103-yard interception return set a new record for the longest interception return in Broncos' franchise history, surpassing the record that Chris Harris, Jr. previously set in 2012. Talib also surpassed Deion Sanders for fourth place on the NFL's all-time list for interception returns for touchdowns.
In their first road game of the season, the Broncos traveled to Orchard Park, New York to face the Buffalo Bills. After a 38-yard field goal by Broncos' placekicker Brandon McManus gave the Broncos the lead late in the first quarter, the Bills grabbed the lead, with a 2-yard touchdown from quarterback Tyrod Taylor to wide receiver Andre Holmes on a deflected pass. The Broncos responded, when running back Jamaal Charles eluded Bills' defenders for a 12-yard touchdown — Charles' first touchdown as a Bronco. The Broncos were attempting to add to their lead on their next possession, however, a 44-yard pass completion from quarterback Trevor Siemian to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was overturned by a Bills' challenge, as replay indicated that Sanders did not maintain full control of the football at the Bills' 44-yard line as cornerback Tre'Davious White knocked the ball out. McManus and Bills' placekicker Steven Hauschka proceeded to alternate field goals, with a 28-yarder by McManus giving the Broncos a 16–13 lead midway through the third quarter.
However, the Broncos were held scoreless for the remainder of the game, and the Bills took the lead for good, with Taylor connecting with tight end Charles Clay on a 6-yard touchdown pass. A 53-yard field goal by Hauschka extended the Bills' lead to 23–16 early in the fourth quarter. The Broncos drove to as far as the Bills' 24-yard line on their first possession of the fourth quarter, however, Siemian was intercepted by White. Five plays later, the Broncos' defense forced an incomplete pass off Taylor at the Broncos' 46-yard line, hoping to receive the football back after a punt. However, linebacker Von Miller was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in which he offered to help Taylor off the turf, then pulled his hand back. After the Bills earned three first downs and forced the Broncos to use all of their team timeouts, Hauschka added a 27-yard field goal with 3:18 remaining in the game. The Broncos had one last offensive possession, but did not advance past the Bills' 42-yard line.
at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
On the Broncos' second possession of the game, quarterback Trevor Siemian connecting on a 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end A. J. Derby. After forcing a Raiders' punt, Isaiah McKenzie returned a punt 64 yards to the Raiders' 15-yard line, but is was nullified by an illegal block penalty on Kasim Edebali. The Broncos marched down the field from their own 11-yard line to the Raiders' 6-yard line, but could not take advantage of the red zone opportunity, settling instead for a 28-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus. After each team exchanged punts on their next two possessions, the Raiders got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter, with a 5-play, 99-yard drive, culminating in a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Carr to wide receiver Johnny Holton. McManus added a pair of field goals — from 36 and 46 yards out — to increase the Broncos' lead to 16–7. Late in the third quarter, Carr left the game due to a back injury, and backup quarterback EJ Manuel took over. The Broncos failed to take advantage of yet another red zone opportunity early in the fourth quarter, as a 29-yard field goal attempt by McManus hit the left upright. Following another exchange of punts, the Raiders narrowed the Broncos' lead to 16–10, with a 38-yard field goal by placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio with 5:27 left in the game. After the Broncos went three-and-out, the Raiders had one last possession with 4:16 remaining in the game, and reached the Broncos' 36-yard line at the 2-minute warning. After a false start penalty pushed the Raiders back five yards, a long pass attempt from Manuel intended for wide receiver Amari Cooper was intercepted by safety Justin Simmons, sealing the win for the Broncos. The Broncos' defense limited Marshawn Lynch to just 20 yards rushing on nine attempts.
at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
The Broncos' rush defense, which allowed a combined 95 yards in their first four games, surrendered 148 yards in a stunning home loss to the Giants, while the offense rushed for only 46 yards, after averaging 143 yards in the previous four games. Quarterback Trevor Siemian threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Giants' cornerback Janoris Jenkins, while placekicker Brandon McManus missed a 33-yard field goal and had another attempt blocked. The Broncos' offensive woes in the red zone continued, scoring only one touchdown out of four opportunities. Backup quarterback Brock Osweiler saw brief action late in the first half, after Siemian sprained his shoulder on a diving attempt, as he unsuccessfully tried to prevent Jenkins from reaching the end zone after an interception.
|Kansas City Chiefs||5||2||0||.714||1–1||3–2||207||161||W1|
|Los Angeles Chargers||2||4||0||.333||1–2||1–3||116||131||W2|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||West||5||2||0||.714||1–1||3–2||.571||.586||L2|
|3[a]||New England Patriots||East||4||2||0||.667||1–0||2–1||.571||.500||W2|
|In the hunt|
|10[g][i][j]||New York Jets||East||3||3||0||.500||1–2||3–3||.457||.353||L1|
|15[k]||Los Angeles Chargers||West||2||4||0||.333||1–2||1–3||.556||.308||W2|
|Passing yards||Trevor Siemian||1264|
|Passing touchdowns||Trevor Siemian||8|
|Rushing yards||C. J. Anderson||347|
|Rushing touchdowns||three players tied||1|
|Receiving yards||Demaryius Thomas||380|
|Receiving touchdowns||Bennie Fowler III
|Kickoff return yards||Cody Latimer||142|
|Punt return yards||Isaiah McKenzie||139|
|Interceptions||four players tied||1|
Team statistics updated through Week 6.
Source for this section: Denver Broncos' official website.
League statistics updated through Week 6.
Source for this section: NFL.com.
Entering Week 7:
|C. J. Anderson||Week 2: FedEx Ground Player of the Week|
|Trevor Siemian||Week 2: FedEx Air Player of the Week|
On July 24, John Elway, the team's executive vice president/general manager since 2011, received a five-year contract extension from the Broncos that will run through the 2021 season. In addition, Elway was promoted from executive vice president to president of football operations.
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