Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the offseason. Submit questions to Ryan here.
Ryan, let’s play future predictions. Who wins the most games for the Broncos at quarterback: Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Lock or Brett Rypien? Bonus: Over-under at 13 wins with Aaron Rodgers?
— Miles, Parker
Most wins this year for the Broncos: Lock, but Bridgewater will also win at least two games as the starter this year.
Projected wins if they get Rodgers before Week 1: When the schedule came out in May, I predicted a 15-2 record with AR12 at the controls.
Do you think the Broncos are underrated entering the season? This is a top-class defense with crazy offensive weapons and at least a mid-tier quarterback. We’ve done well with similar tools in the past (2015). Is this a dark-horse Super Bowl contender or am I just smoking that offseason optimism?
— Danny N., Denver
The Broncos are being properly rated — middle-of-the-pack NFL team.
The quarterback position is just so much of an unknown, you can’t say, “Well, they have a playoff-ready roster outside of quarterback.” Well, that’s everything. The 2015 Broncos season is a pro football exception.
To your point, what does mid-tier quarterback play look like? Touchdown-to-interception ratio of 2-to-1? One guy seizes the job and starts all 17 games? I agree this defense has the potential to be top-class and the weapons on offense should invite optimism. But until the Broncos get consistent quarterback play from whoever, I don’t see them as a playoff contender.
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With the number of quality receivers we have, someone is bound to be on the short end of the stick when it comes to targets. I can’t imagine it’ll be Courtland Sutton or Noah Fant. So, of the other three receivers — KJ Hamler, Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy — who do you think will be the one who’s going to demand more balls thrown his way first?
— Tomas, Salt Lake City
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