The Denver Broncos have been in the NFL since the 1970 merger, but it took them until 1997 to lift their first Lombardi Trophy under the guidance of John Elway and Terrell Davis. They successfully defended their crown in 1998 at which point Elway retired. The best quarterback in Broncos history wasn’t away for long though, and took over as general manager in 2011. He was instrumental in bringing Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning to Denver in 2012, and with Manning at the helm of the offense and a young, hungry defense supporting him they made it to Super Bowl XLVIII and then won Super Bowl 50 in February 2016 before Manning retired. Since then a lot has changed. Elway remains in charge but the Broncos have not sniffed a division title, let alone a Super Bowl. Coming into 2018 they have a new quarterback and an embattled head coach. Can you lift them to glory in Madden 19?
*All stats correct at time of writing
The Denver Broncos have a 78 overall rating on Madden 19. That is not great, with only 8 teams rated worse. However, their individual units are not awful. The defense receives a nice 83 rating, put it firmly in the middle of the pack. The offense is less well considered, with a 79 rating that is among the worst in the game, but they have a lot of youthful potential on offense thanks to their 2018 draft. In franchise mode that score should quickly improve.
Von Miller, Outside Linebacker (OVR 98)
Development Trait: Superstar
Contract: 4 years/$53.6 million
2018 Cap Hit: $12.6 million
Best Stats: Play Recognition (99), Awareness (99), Blcok Shedding (94), Tackle (94), Power Moves (92), Finesse Moves (90), Acceleration (90)
Von Miller has been nothing short of brilliant for the Broncos ever since he was drafted second-overall in 2011. He won Defensive Rookie of the Year that season after racking up 11.5 sacks, and the next season he announced himself as one of the best pass rushers around with an 18.5 sack season. Miller was instrumental in the Broncos run to the Super Bowl in 2015, picking off Tom Brady during the AFC championship game and winning MVP honors in the Super Bowl itself. He comes into Madden 19 with 83.5 career sacks to his name and over 100 tackles for loss.
Chris Harris Jr, Cornerback (OVR 89)
Development Trait: Quick
Contract: 2 years/$21.07 million
2018 Cap Hit: $8.47 million
Best Stats: Agility (96), Man Coverage (91), Play Recognition (90), Speed (90), Acceleration (89), Zone Coverage (89)
Chris Harris Jr also came to the Broncos in 2011, but as an undrafted free agent. As an unheralded rookie he started just 4 games and was picked on by opposing quarterbacks, but soon the Broncos found the perfect spot for him, slot corner. Harris became unrivaled when it came to inside coverage by 2014 and was a key part of the league-best secondary that helped push Denver to their Super Bowl 50 triumph. He comes into Madden 19 with 16 career interceptions and three touchdowns to his name.
Emmanuel Sanders, Wide Receiver (OVR 89)
Development Trait: Quick
Contract: 2 years/$14.19 million
2018 Cap Hit: $6.39 million
Best Stats: Agility (93), Acceleration (92), Catching (92), Jumping (92), Short Route (91), Spectacular Catch (90), Speed (90)
Emmanuel Sanders was a third-round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. It took him some time to find his feet in the NFL, making just 50 catches in his first two years, That improved to 67 catches and 740 yards by his fourth season, when he hit free agency. Sanders was courted by a lot of teams, but eventually signed with Denver and became part of a deadly passing attack with Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas. He racked up 1,404 yards and 9 scores in his first year with the Broncos and has made over 300 catches for them since joining up.
Case Keenum, Quarterback (OVR 77)
Development Trait: Quick
Contract: 2 years/$30 million
2018 Cap Hit: $14.7 million
Best Stats: Play Action (89), Throw Power (88), Short Accuracy (86), Throw On Run (84), Awareness (82)
Case Keenum came to Denver in 2018 as a free agent after an unlikely yet brilliant 2017 season in Minnesota. His story is a long one. Keenum was a record-setting passer in College with Houston, but their lowly status meant he went undrafted in 2012. He joined the Texans and started 8 games without a win during their awful 2013 campaign. From there he spent time with the Rams before landing in Minnesota as a backup in 2017. Not much was expected from him when he stepped in for the injured Sam Bradford, but he ended up with 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions, finishing with an 11-3 record as a starter and helping the Vikings reach the NFC championship game.
Full Roster & Depth Chart
|QB||OVR||Speed||Throw Power||Short Accuracy||Medium Accuracy||Deep Accuracy||Throw Under Pressure||Play Action|
|FB||OVR||Speed||Strength||Carrying||Pass Block||Run Block||Lead Block||Impact Block|
|WR||OVR||Speed||Agility||Catching||Short Route||Medium Route||Deep Route||Catch In Traffic||Spectacular Catch||Release||Jumping|
|TE||OVR||Speed||Agility||Catching||Short Route||Medium Route||Deep Route||Run Block|
|OL||OVR||Speed||Strength||Pass Block||Run Block||Lead Block||Impact Block|
|DE||OVR||Speed||Agility||Power Moves||Finesse Moves||Block Shedding|
|DT||OVR||Speed||Strength||Power Moves||Finesse Moves||Block Shedding||Impact Block|
|Domata Peko Sr||79||57||90||75||57||81||86|
|OLB||OVR||Speed||Agility||Tackle||Hit Power||Play Recognition||Power Moves||Finesse Moves||Block Shedding|
|MLB||OVR||Speed||Agility||Tackle||Hit Power||Play Recognition||Pursuit||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|CB||OVR||Speed||Acceleration||Agility||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage||Press|
|Chris Harris Jr||89||90||89||96||91||89||86|
|Tramaine Brock Sr||76||87||91||87||78||73||78|
|FS||OVR||Speed||Acceleration||Agility||Play Recognition||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|SS||OVR||Speed||Acceleration||Tackle||Play Recognition||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|ST||OVR||Kick Power||Kick Accuracy|
|Brandon McManus (K)||80||97||86|
|Colby Wadman (P)||71||90||78|
The Broncos are not exceptional on offense, but there is talent around. Case Keenum (88 throw power, 86 short accuracy) is a good quarterback and he has nice weapons to throw to with Emmanuel Sanders (92 catching, 92 jumping) and rookie WR Courtland Sutton (89 spectacular catch, 89 jumping) on the outside. The backfield is home to the strong tandem of rookie Philip Lindsay (93 speed, 92 carrying) and Royce Freeman (88 speed, 86 carrying), while the offensive line is pretty strong thanks to center Matt Paradis (90 strength, 87 impact block), guard Ron Leary (89 lead block, 88 impact block), and young left tackle Garett Bolles (90 strength, 82 impact block).
Defensively the Broncos are very good. The front is led by a pair of deadly edge rushers in Von Miller (92 power moves, 90 finesse moves) and rookie Bradley Chubb (83 finesse moves, 78 power moves). Between them is Derek Wolfe (83 block shedding, 79 power moves) and Domata Peko (90 strength, 86 impact block). At linebacker they have Brandon Marshall (85 tackle, 84 play recognition) and Todd Davis (85 tackle, 84 play recognition), while the secondary is led by Chris Harris (96 agility, 91 man coverage) and Bradley Roby (92 speed, 80 man coverage) at cornerback while Justin Simmons (96 agility, 71 zone coverage) patrols the middle of the field at safety. Even their special teams are pretty good with Brandon McManus (97 kick power, 86 kick accuracy) kicking.
Denver Broncos Playbook – Offense
I Form Close
I Form Pro
I Form Slot
I Form Twin TE
Strong I Pro
Strong I Wing
Weak I Pro
Weak I Slot
Weak I Wing
Singleback Ace Pair
Singleback Deuce Close
Singleback Dice Slot
Singleback Wing Pair
Singleback Wing Slot
Singleback Wing Tight
Singleback Y Deep Trips
Shotgun Doubles HB Wk
Shotgun Doubles Y-Flex
Shotgun Empty Base Flex
Shotgun Empty Bronco
Shotgun Empty Trips TE
Shotgun Split Slot
Shotgun Trey Open Offset
Shotgun Trips TE
Shotgun Trips TE Flex
Shotgun Y Off Trips Wk
Shotgun Y Trips Wk
The Denver Broncos offensive playbook is nice if a bit limited. There isn’t a pistol set for example. However there are some good things about the Broncos playbook too. You get three Shotgun Empty sets that have an array of passing options for when you need to score quickly, and Doubles Y-Flex is a really nice look too. In Singleback you have Deuce Close as well as Y Deep Trips, and there are enough I Form sets to give yourself options if you want to pound the rock.
Denver Broncos Playbook – Defense
Nickel 2-4-5 Double A Gap
Nickel 3-3-5 Wide
Big Nickel Over G
Dime 2-3-6 Will
Quarter 3 Deep
Goal Line Defense 5-3-3
Goal Line Defense 5-4-2
Defensively, the Broncos have a very solid 3-4 playbook. You don’t get any exotic 3-4 formations like in some others, or even a change-up front like a 46 Bear, but there are a lot of nickel and dime packages within this playbook that can end up being more useful. The three dime packages are particularly good for disguising coverage and mixing in blitzes.
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