Denver Broncos camp: 5 risers, 5 fallers in Week 1

The Denver Broncos are back, baby.

The UCHealth training facility has been buzzing with football activity as the Broncos kicked off training camp last Wednesday. This year’s team is very different from its counterpart in recent seasons.

The energetic boost these crucial newcomers gave the Broncos was palpable. Head coach Nathaniel Hackett provided a spark as he embarked on the process of exorcising the demons of Vic Fangio’s failing regime, while Broncos players fell behind quarterback Russell Wilson, tightening the ranks around the nine-time Pro Bowler.

With four training camp workouts on the books, we’ve already seen a few players breaking away from the pack. Who are the biggest risers and fallers in Week 1 of Broncos camp?

Let’s dive into it.

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Denver Broncos tight end Eric Saubert (82) warms up against the Kansas City Chiefs before the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
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Denver Broncos linebacker Jonas Griffith (50) walks off the field after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Alex Singleton (49) during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field.
Denver Bronco wide receiver Montrell Washington (12) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center.
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Denver Broncos guard Netane Muti (52) against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field.
Denver Broncos guard Quinn Meinerz (77) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center.

I’m reluctant to cite Quinn Meinerz as a “faller” here, but he opened camp as a right-handed pencil starter, but Netane Muti regularly erased him. Meinerz, a 2021 third-round pick, still has plenty of time to lock in a starting job, but he’s feeling the pressure.

As things stand, I’d be surprised if the Broncos didn’t pick Meinerz as their starting right guard, but Muti’s rise has been undeniable. Meinerz hasn’t been bad, but Muti has more momentum at the moment.


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