Well, I guess you can say that was a tone setter.
Broncos fans went into week three with so much optimism about this team. With Driskel playing good enough in the second half of the Pittsburgh game, it put a lot of hope in the hearts of Broncos fans. Little did they know, a week three beatdown by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would shatter those dreams and stomp on them. This week, we’ll tell you our best performers from the Broncos 28-10 loss against the Bucs.
Check out last weeks article about the Broncos vs. Steelers best performers here!
Offensive best performers
Honestly, it’s hard to choose this one, and this segment will be a short one. A very lackluster game all around for the offense was the main reason Denver got put in their place. The player we chose to highlight is Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy had a very quiet 5 catches for 55 yards. He’s showing development, which solidifies his spot as our best performer for the second week in a row. Jeudy is definitely still learning, but having 0 drops this week should help erase those 3 dropped passes by Jeudy in the last 2 weeks.
Defensive best performers
Shelby. Harris. What a performance by the big man. It definitely doesn’t erase the pain of losing Von Miller, but he stepped up significantly and looked more than elite. He finished with 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 pass deflection. He has a 77 grade on PFF, which ranks 13th of all interior defensive lineman. If there’s anyone on this Denver defense (other than Justin Simmons) who needs to be paid big money, it’s Shelby. (after note- with the recent loss of Jurrell Casey, Shelby is the anchor of this defensive line)
Second, it wasn’t a fantastic performance, but it was a pretty dang good one. Michael Ojemudia had a phenomenal bounce back game, especially against a very talented Bucs receiving core. Against Mike Evans, 0 catches on 2 targets, against Scotty Miller, 0 catches on 1 target, and against O.J. Howard, he gave up 1 catch for 11 yards. That’s it. Ojemudia is the perfect fit for this Vic Fangio defense. Strong tackler, good in coverage, physical, confident, tough, he’s got it all. Broncos fans should be excited to watch a young Ojemudia develop throughout the season.
0-3, can Denver turn it around?
0-3 is never a pretty record, but when you look at what the Broncos have endured, you understand why the record is ugly. Drew Lock will hopefully be back soon, but with injury upon injury, the Broncos don’t seem to be going anywhere. Tune in next week, where we’ll recap the best performers from the Thursday night primetime game against the New York Jets!