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Broncos' Depth Chart Post-Preseason Game 1: 8 Up, 8 Down

Here's how the Broncos' depth chart could be affected by Saturday night's preseason victory over the Cowboys.

The Denver Broncos took it to the Dallas Cowboys in their first preseason game, winning 17-7. There were a lot of positives to come out of the game, but there were plenty of concerns. 

On a team level, the Broncos' run game on both sides of the ball was a concern. The defense struggled up front, while the offensive line struggled consistently to get any movement. Those are hard reps to replicate in practice, but head coach Nathaniel Hackett has to figure out a way to show improvement. 

At an individual level, it's easy to see the player, or players, that were the leading cause of the issue on a team level. It's also easy to see players doing their job but couldn't do it all. 

Those who are at fault should be moving down the depth chart if there is someone behind them showing more. That's what I'm diving into today. 

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Which players higher on the depth chart should be moved down, and who should be climbing? 

Denver Broncos linebacker Baron Browning (56) tackles Dallas Cowboys running back Rico Dowdle (23) in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High.
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Malik Reed (59) speaks to the media following OTA workouts at the UC Health Training Center.
Wisconsin Badgers defensive end Matt Henningsen (92) sacks Eastern Michigan Eagles quarterback Ben Bryant (8) during their football game on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Madison, Wis.
Denver Broncos defensive lineman McTelvin Agim (95) before the start of training camp at the UCHealth Training Center.
Aug 11, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike (96) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos offensive tackle Quinn Bailey (75) guards Arizona Cardinals linebacker Vontarrius Dora (54) in the second quarter at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
Zack Johnson
Denver Broncos wide receiver Jalen Virgil (17) warms up before the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at Empower Field at Mile High.
Tyrie Cleveland
Damarri Mathis Denver Broncos
Jun 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Donnie Lewis Jr. (39) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos linebacker Aaron Patrick (94) leaves the field after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Nik Bonitto Denver Broncos Training Camp
Denver Broncos quarterback Josh Johnson (11) passes the ball in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Empower Field at Mile High.
Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien (4) passes the ball in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Empower Field at Mile High.

There are still two preseason games left, but five cuts are coming. For some, this may have been their final shot in the NFL. 


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