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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Broncos DB preview: Team starts at cornerback with three extras, including rookie Pat Suren II

Editor’s note: The seventh in a series previewing each Broncos position group entering the start of training camp on Tuesday.

When the Broncos lost to Las Vegas in last season’s finale, Michael Ozemudia and Parnell Motley played all 67 defensive snaps and Will Parks saw 53 plays in the works.

Translation: Something needed to be done to address a corner situation plagued by injuries, suspensions and ineffectiveness and new general manager George Patton went to work.

The legends are Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller and first-round pick Pat Suren II.

Three cornerbacks from a Raiders game? Ozmudia will start camp at number 4 or 5 on the depth chart, the Motley Fool faces an uphill climb to make the roster and Parks is in Kansas City.

“The (front office) went out and running to prepare our entire secondary and give us a lot of depth,” said defensive coordinator Ed Donatelle. “We are delighted to have some experienced cornerbacks (Fuller/Darby) and then a top 10 pick (Sertain).”

The new cornerback joins the formidable safety duo of Justin Simmons and Karim Jackson. Simmons is the game’s highest-paid security in terms of average salary ($15.25 million) and Jackson was re-signed soon after his contract option was denied.

who is behind

s Justin Simmons (3rd round 2016), S kareem jackson (Free Agent ’19), CB Bryce Callahan (Free Agent ’19), CB asang bassi (Draft Free Agent ’20), CB Michael Ozemudia (3rd round ’20), CB Duke Dawson (business ’19), sleep Trey Marshall (Adraft Free Agent ’17), s pj locke (Free Agent ’19), CB Nate Hairston (Free Agent ’20) and CB parnell motley (Free Agent ’20).

Simmons has played every defensive snap over the past three years and has made total 97, 93 and 96 tackles and a combined 12 interceptions. The franchise tagged in for a second consecutive season, signing a four-year, $61 million contract in March.

Jackson was released on a three-year, $33 million deal with one season remaining, but returned to a one-year, $5 million contract after testing the free-agent market.

Callahan was playing well until a foot injury put him off in early December. Cornerback additions will likely move him into the Nickel role full-time.

Ozemudia missed a team-high 15 tackles and, well, if he’s been playing a lot this year, it’s because the status group has been decimated by injuries again.

Locke and Marshall may fight for a roster spot as the ace of reserve security/special teams.

who’s new

CB Ronald Darby (Free Agent), CB Kyle Fuller (Free Agent), CB Pat Suren II (1st round), S Jaden Stern (fifth round), S jamar johnson (5th round), CB Carrie Vincent (seventh round) and CB Mac McCain (draft free agent).

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