Expectations are running high for the Broncos heading into 2012, and the front office has got a lot of investment in the new players coming to Denver to help meet those expectations. Still, there are players currently on the roster that the team needs to step up in order to find success.
Many of the players are still relatively young, but the time is running out for using "time to develop" as a crutch for their lackluster performances that occasionally show up.
In fact, some of the players are only entering their sophomore seasons, but with the mentality of "winning now" that Denver seems to be embracing, they are going to be expected to grow up quickly.
Here are five players that Denver needs to step up and improve in 2012.