For the Denver Broncos, the depth on the rooster—or the lack thereof—could be all that it takes to make or break the 2014 season. Every snap is a risk—every block, every tackle and every catch over the middle. It's inherent to the game, and some people even go so far as to say that the team that wins the Super Bowl every year is simply the team with the least injuries.
The injuries don't always make sense. Just ask New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The guy broke his arm blocking for an extra point. All those catches, yards and big hits and a tough player goes down blocking for an extra point.
Top-end talent is hard to come by. One twisted ankle can take a team that feels stacked at a position and make it vulnerable. One broken leg can take a team right out of the playoff picture.
It's depth that helps you weather the stuff you can't see coming. You're not going to replace a Pro Bowler with some guy who has been riding the bench, but getting production out of those guys often means a team can continue fighting even when stars go down.
Without depth, that top tier can get ripped away in a heartbeat. That's why it's such a gamble to have a team that runs through a single superstar. If you lose that guy, can you still win? Or is that it for the rest of the year?
Before the season kicks in, it's worth taking a look at places where Denver has a ton of depth and an injury will just be a minor bump in the road. However, it's seemingly more important to look at the places where one guy going down could spell disaster for the entire unit or even the entire team.