The Broncos get their second victory in the preseason with a 27-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Quarterback Justin Fields had a major scare in the game. In the 2nd quarter, he was sacked by a blitzing Bronco’s player and landed awkwardly on his shoulder. Fields exited the game after that play and was finished with a dislocated shoulder. It was unknown for how long Fields may be missing time for, but after the game it was determined that his injury wasn’t as severe as initially thought. Fields may not see as much action in the final preseason game next week.
Drew Lock played decently throughout this game until the 4th quarter. He finished the game 8/15 for 140 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The Broncos didn’t have to focus on passing the ball all that often as their defense was stifling. J.K. Dobbins continues to impress so far in the preseason. He had twenty carries for 100 yards and a touchdown. He also added three catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. Dobbins has shown durability and reliability in each game this preseason as he solidifies his spot right behind Jonathan Taylor. Although if Dobbins were granted an upgraded development, we could see him splitting time with Taylor or even taking over the role as the #1 running back. The Broncos defense held the 49ers to a combined 9/24 for 140 yards, one touchdown, and 4 interceptions.
Trey Hendrickson led the way again in this game getting to the quarterback three times as the Broncos had a combined 7 sacks in the game. Hendrickson spent the last two seasons in New Orleans where he was under utilized. He recorded 19 total solo tackles, 6 sacks, and 1 interception. The Broncos signed him for 2 years for just over $14M. He is only 26 years old and in his prime. The young defensive end could see a career year in sacks as he will be lined up on the other side of Von Miller. The Bronco’s first round pair of safeties each notched an interception in this game. Jeff Holland was all over the field, covering multiple defenders, running in circles, and still managed to outrace the tight end on a post pattern to pick the ball off. Coach Miles was unimpressed by his offensive line in this game as they gave up an astonishing 8 sacks. The offensive line will have to block better if the Broncos plan on contending for a division title this season.
The Broncos have a very young team with the average age of the team being 25 years old. The Broncos currently have 52 players on their roster and of those players, 30 are 25 years old or younger. The Broncos have a mixture of rookies, second/third year players, and veterans on the team that they hope will all come together and perform better this year than in years past.