Denver Broncos: 5 Unexpected Players Who Can Make an Impact in 2012

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Denver Broncos: 5 Unexpected Players Who Can Make an Impact in 2012
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The Broncos enter 2012 with many question marks.

Many expect this team to contend for the AFC West division title after winning it in 2011. But for as many expect this team to clinch their second consecutive playoff berth, many people also believe this team will fall flat on their faces.

With a new quarterback under center in Peyton Manning, the Broncos franchise takes on a new look as it enters 2012. With the second-toughest schedule in the league, Denver does not face an easy road in defending it's AFC West division title.

With the looming suspension of defensive leader DJ Williams, the departure of DT Brodrick Bunkley and the loss of key players such as Eddie Royal and Brian Dawkins, the Broncos will need a few players to step up to fill those roles.

I'm not just referring to key pieces in the franchise cog such as Manning, Von Miller and Champ Bailey, but also lesser-known guys who as of June, may be on the outside looking in. In other words, these are guys that may not even make the roster by September.

The NFL recycles players rather quickly, and the Broncos need to find players that can fill these voids whether they're well-known players or whether they're just guys battling just to make it onto the roster.

Here are five players who may unexpectedly make an impact for the Broncos during the 2012 season.

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