2016 Broncos Season, Preseason Week 4
The pre-season is over. In just six short days, the Broncos will suit up to play for real.
Pre-season Week 4: Arizona Cardinals 38, Broncos 17
Pre-Season Record: 2-2 (1-1 Home)
Key Play: In the fourth quarter, trailing 31-17, Broncos' rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch dropped back to pass. His pass was picked off by Gabe Martin, who returned it 29 yards for a touchdown, sealing the win.
Recap: The Broncos wrapped up the pre-season in uneven fashion for the Broncos. They did some good things, jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Then they struggled mightily as a lot of third and fourth team players tried to state their case. The team finished 2-2 in the pre-season, but the record doesn't matter as much as how the team comes together. The Broncos have their quarterback, Trevor Siemian, and now it's just a matter of putting the team together. The Broncos have just six days to prep for the re-match with the Carolina Panthers, so there's plenty of work left to do.
* Paxton Lynch: 13-for-24, 214 yards, two TDs and one INT
* Trevor Siemian: DNP
* Mark Sanchez: DNP
* Jordan Taylor - Taylor showed his raw talent and skill, assuring himself of a roster spot. He grabbed four passes for 109 yards and two TDs.
* Kapri Bibbs - I have thought throughout the pre-season that Ronnie Hillman would make the final squad and Bibbs would not. But his 10 carries for 51 yards, I think he might have the inside track.
* Mose Frazier - Frazier likely won't make the final 53, but I think he's an incredibly strong candidate to make the practice squad.
* Zaire Anderson - Anderson has had an incredibly pre-season, and capped it off with a great fumble recovery last night. He has made a strong case that he can be a valuable contributor this season.
* Roster Depth - There are plenty of questions as the Broncos put together the final 53. Especially as it concerns the offensive line.
* Special Teams - Last night was a poor showing for many Broncos, especially the Special Teams. Brandon McManus missed a field goal, which isn't confidence inspiring, and Riley Dixon whiffed on a few punts. Dixon won the job on Tuesday as Britton Colquitt was released. He responded with his worst game of the pre-season. That must improve.