The Broncos market showed mixed results in their first preseason game of 2018. The following is our evaluation of their first preseason game against the Vikings. #MINvsDEN
Buy: Chad Kelly has shined in camp and that carried over to the field with an impressive game against the Vikings. Kelly led the Broncos QBs with a 104.7 QB rating completing 14 of 21 passes for 177 yards and 2 TDs. He did make a few poor decisions that led to an interception and almost another pick six but this kid is full of grit. He read the defense well, made adjustments, knew when to run and when to stay into the pocket, threw into tight windows, and looked at multiple receivers on many plays. Kelly shows signs of a true NFL QB which was impressive since he hadn't played in a game in over 450 days.
Hold: Case Keenum and the starting offense. The entire offense came out flat which was a huge disappointment after the improvements we've seen in camp. Keenum only completed one pass for a paltry 5 yards and led the team to back to back three-and-outs. Starting RB Booker looked average at best. Emmanuel Sanders put Keenum in a bad spot when he missed the play call and didn't look back when Keenum was trying to get him the ball. The starting O-line was ho-hum at best.
Sell: Paxton Lynch was the worst of the six QBs that played Saturday completing 6 of 11 passes for 24 yards and an interception. He finished with a 22.2 QB rating and looked like a leading candidate for a Dazed and Confused sequel. Broncos fans and local media have been shouting for more Kelly throughout camp but the Broncos continue to bet on this dead horse. After Saturday night game the Broncos are running out of excuses for their flop number one draft pick.
Bullish: Phillip Lindsay looked quick and outstanding Saturday night. He made a tremendous catch in full stride for a TD from Kelly and finished the game with 3 receptions and 40 yards. Isaiah McKenzie also flashed with a nifty 78 yard punt return for a TD and didn't muff any other punts.
Bear: The Broncos run defense had a rough game. Especially the starting unit that gave up 43 yards on 4 carries to Latavius Murray. Both defensive coordinator Joe Woods and head coach Vance Joseph remain on the hot seat. The Broncos lost a lot of games last year, the senior bowl under their direction, and now a preseason game. That is a lot of losing in short period of time.
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