Oh. My. Goodness. Who knew so much could change in one week. Even though it was a 26-21 loss, the Denver Broncos showed a lot of fight and tons of promise. Today, we’ll take a look at the Broncos week two best performers from this hard-fought injury-fest against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Offensive best performers
The first guy to highlight on offense is rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy had four catches for 62 yards and showed that he has improved since his first game, where he had two key drops.
His exceptional route running was on display Sunday and partnered with Tim Patrick, he’s the number one guy with Sutton out the rest of the year. Against a great Pittsburgh defense, he showed he could be that guy, and Denver fans are hoping for a big year from Jeudy.
Noah Fant also had a strong game, finishing with four catches, 57 yards and a touchdown from backup QB Jeff Driskell. He has firmly inserted himself as one of the top TE’s in the league with the ball in his hands.
Moving on, the second highlighted player is running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon was also the best performer in last week’s article. He filled in perfectly for Lindsay, rushing for 70 yards and had two catches along with a receiving touchdown. His touchdown, a 16-yard catch that put the Broncos back in the game, was an amazing grab and showed he’s the real deal in Denver. Gordon put on a show and was the key factor in the Broncos attempt at a comeback late.
Defensive best performers
There’s only one guy to talk about all things considered. Although Shelby Harris is an honorable mention after being graded the highest interior defender in week two. But the best performer this week is Justin Simmons.
Simmons put on a huge performance and had a fantastic game. Last week, he was the second ranked safety in week two, and he finished the game with eight tackles, and one interception. According to PFF, he’s the sixth graded safety in the league, putting him in elite company. After a decent first game, Simmons showed Denver fans he still means business and that the secondary in Denver is something to be feared.
Injuries, injuries, and more injuries
Yep, there were a lot of injuries this week.
Drew Lock is out for weeks; Courtland Sutton is out for the year; Phillip Lindsay remains hurt; A.J. Bouye is hurt; obviously the Von Miller loss still echoes, and second-year player Dre’Mont Jones is out.
Injuries have taken this Broncos squad from a playoff contender to the bottom of their division. Not only that, but Blake Bortles is now on the roster.
Can the Broncos get back into it, or will injuries plague the season that will end in disappointment? Tune in next week, where I’ll dive into the best performers from the Denver Broncos against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.