With training camp right around the corner, it's a great time to take a look at what the Denver Broncos are planning for their 2010 roster. Obviously, there are some very interesting key areas.
It's difficult to know how everything will shake out, but the trained eye can decipher the interviews with Josh McDaniels over the past few weeks to get a very good idea of how things are going.
It seems, according McDaniels, that a lot of the Broncos' roster is already set.
Since most people don't have the time to track all of that information down, here is an analysis of the key things to look for at every position in camp.
Once you read this article you'll finally be able to stop racking your brain with curiosity about the inner-workings of Josh McDaniels' mind.
In case you hadn't heard, the Denver Broncos have had some interesting happenings at quarterback this off season.
Currently, the roster consists of Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow, and Brady Quinn. Some people have been making crazy speculations about Tim Tebow taking the starting job. These ideas are clearly not based in reality.
If you analyze the quarterback situation on information that is real, factual, and straight from those actually involved, Kyle Orton is the Denver Broncos quarterback.
Just to clarify, Kyle Orton is the Denver Broncos starting quarterback.
Tim Tebow might see the field in some creative formations, but that won't involve the Wild Horses. In a recent interview with Fox Sports, Josh McDaniels said that Knowshon Moreno would be the Broncos' trigger man, and not Tebow.
So watch for Kyle Orton to be the guy playing quarterback this season. He's made massive improvements in his knowledge of what is often considered the most difficult offense in the NFL.
The running back will provide fans with more of the same this year as Knowshon Moreno is hoping to avoid his sophomore slump.
Likewise, Correll Buckhalter will see some playing time again. Both players figure to be key components of the offense.
This will not be a dramatic position in the slightest, unless some serious injury issues take over.
In this great photo of Knowshon literally plowing through the Kansas City game, you can see the Denver Broncos starting quarterback, Kyle Orton, in the background.
Here is a bit of a surprise.
In recent conversations, Josh McDaniels has seemed to indicate that Jabar Gaffney is the clear number one wide receiver going into the season. Eddie Royal, a guy whom many expected to be leading in the department, will be number two.
While Josh is pretty clear about Demaryius Thomas deserving more time to develop, I expect him to be the number three guy on the roster by the time the season is on. Clearly, Josh has different intentions for his big receivers than he does for his small receivers.
However, those three guys, combined with Daniel Graham at Tight End, should be the key receivers this season.
The bad news: Ryan Clady will not be at camp.
Contrary to what Sayre Bedinger, the excellent Broncos columnist, is saying over at the Mile High Report, I don't think that Clady will be back for the start of the regular season. He does, and I hope that he is right.
However, the great news is the Denver Broncos just got Ryan Harris back. So at least one of the Broncos spectacular tackles will be around for the season.
Zane Beadles should be an interesting guy to watch through camp, and JD Walton is the favorite at center.
The Denver Broncos defensive line figures to be all-new.
Jamal Williams will be anchoring things, as he came over from a divisional opponent, the San Diego Chargers.
Outside of him, there will be Justin Bannan and Jarvis Green.
Last year's starter, Ryan McBean, will likely be trying to compete for some playing time. Having depth with him because of the age of the starters can only be a positive.
The Denver Broncos will again have a ferocious linebacking corps.
While Akin Ayodele should compete for some time at inside linebacker, the two main guys figure to be the hard-hitting DJ Williams and Mario Haggan. Outside of them, I expect that we will see the NFL's best in Elvis Dumervil (who just signed a massive contract extension) as well as second-year pro Robert Ayers out of Tennessee.
Ayers was a first round pick last year, along with Knowshon Moreno, and has apparently been developing very nicely this off season.
As far as linebacking groups are concerned, the Denver Broncos are among the best in the league.
The Centerpieces of the Denver Broncos secondary will be NFL legends Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins. Both have been criticized for their age, but both went to the Pro Bowl last year.
The rest of the secondary should be what is expected, with guys like Alphonso Smith maybe getting some time. It is doubtful that Perrish Cox will see much time on defense this season.
According to Josh McDaniels, Nate Jones has come along extremely well in the off season, and he is definitely going to be a guy to watch this year.
Andre' Goodman and Renaldo Hill should remain the incumbents. However, look for Darcel McBath to find the field far more often this season.