Are you ready for some football?
Later this week, the Denver Broncos will kick off summer practices at Dove Valley, officially starting up training camp on Thursday.
The wait is almost over. Soon, you'll be able to see all of the shiny new players and returning veteran leaders all out on the practice field together, just yards away from nearby fans.
This slideshow highlights some of the most intriguing storylines of camp and provides the team's complete training camp and preseason schedule.
Training Camp Schedule:
|Thursday, July 25||8:50-11:30 a.m. (MDT)|
|Friday, July 26||10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 27||8:50-11:30 a.m.|
|Sunday, July 28||10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.|
|Monday, July 29||8:50-11:30 a.m.|
|Wednesday, July 31||10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.|
|Thursday, August 1||8:50-11:30 a.m.|
|Friday, August 2||10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 3||5-9 p.m. (Sports Authority Field)|
|Monday, August 5||10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.|
|Tuesday, August 6||8:50-11:30 a.m.|
|Saturday, August 10||8:50-11:30 a.m.|
|Monday, August 12||10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.|
|Tuesday, August 13||8:50-11:30 a.m.|
|Wednesday, August 14||10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.|
|Thursday, August 15||8:50-11:30 a.m.|
Week 1: at San Francisco 49ers—Thursday, August 8, 6 p.m. PDT (KUSA-TV)
Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks—Saturday, August 17, 7 p.m. PDT (KUSA-TV)
Week 3: vs. St. Louis Rams—Saturday, August 24, 6 p.m. MDT (CBS)
Week 4: vs. Arizona Cardinals—Thursday, August 29, 7 p.m. MDT (KUSA-TV)
Going into training camp, the Broncos have 90 players on the roster.
Coming out of camp, they'll be down to 53.
Denver's coaching staff and front office will use camp and preseason performances to make their final decisions on who should go and who should stay. A dropped pass here and a wrong route there could be the difference between going home and making the team.
For complete analysis of the entire roster, click here.
After Elvis Dumervil left the building, there was a large void created in the Broncos' pass rush.
Who will replace Dumervil's production in Jack Del Rio's defense?
On the offensive side of the ball, who is going to be the Week 1 starting RB?
For complete analysis of the Broncos' burning questions in this year's training camp, click here.
There are 90 players on the roster and only 53 will make the final cut.
That means there will be some serious camp battles this summer. Among the positions that will be up for grabs are middle linebacker, running back and cornerback.
There is no clear-cut starter in Denver's backfield, but that will change as training camp goes on.
For complete analysis of the Broncos' biggest training camp battles, click here.
In the draft, the Denver Broncos landed two players who figure to have immediate impacts.
Rookie running back Montee Ball and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams will probably see playing time right away, with other rookies competing to earn roles during training camp.
In addition to their seven drafted rookies, the Broncos also brought in 14 undrafted free agents, bringing their rookie total to 21 players. The undrafted players are long shots to make the roster, but they all have a chance to become stars—just ask Rod Smith, Wes Welker, Wesley Woodyard and Chris Harris Jr.
Training camp will give all of the rookies opportunities to prove themselves and earn a spot on the final roster.
For complete analysis of the Broncos' rookies and UDFAs, click here.
There are several players on the roster who are "this close" to either barely making the team or just barely not making the cut.
Then there's the 40-something players who are all but guaranteed to make it and another 40-something who don't really have a chance. The remaining 10 players are on the roster bubble.
With a strong training camp performance, bubble players can convince the team to keep them around.
For complete analysis on the Broncos' bubble watch, click here.
By this time next month, the Broncos will have all but narrowed down their roster to the final 53 players.
It's an exhilarating time for the players who make the team and a heartbreaking moment for those who don't. Injuries, performance and salary cap implications will all be factors in who makes the team and who is sent home.
Camp hasn't even started yet, but we can make early educated guesses on who will make the final cut.
For complete analysis and projections of the Broncos' final 53-man roster, click here.