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    Chubb should get Broncos Country excited with how they played on Monday night." MHR Radio PodcastDenver Broncos PreseasonNFL preseason5 winners John Elway Jersey White , 3 losers from Broncos loss to San FranciscoNew,210commentsEmmanuel Sanders and Bradley Chubb should get Broncos Country excited with how they played on Monday night.MDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:5 winners, 3 losers from Broncos loss to San FranciscoTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailThree down, two to go. Vic Fangio and Joe Flacco made their home debuts for the Denver Broncos ... at least in the preseason. On a side note, seeing Flacco in Broncos orange at Broncos Stadium at Mile High was a weird sight but it wore off quickly. In terms of the 24-15 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, there was some that should encourage the Broncos and Broncos Country. There was some that could cause concern. As Adam Malnati and I discussed on the MHR Radio Podcast (ApplePodcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher), the biggest takeaway is we’re now closer to Sept. 9th and the opener against the Oakland Raiders. Now for the winners and losers from Monday’s game. As always, I’m bound to miss someone, so please put them in comments. Winners Emmanuel Sanders The fact Denver’s receiver was on the field at all on Monday was impressive. The fact Sanders looked like he has all through training camp is a testament to how hard he’s worked. He didn’t look as if he’s missed a beat since tearing his Achilles in December and then having ankle surgery. I have wanted to see Flacco and the Broncos offense with Sanders in the mix because he adds a whole new element. We saw glimpses of that on Monday and it should excite the team and fans.“I think off the field — I love Joe,” Sanders told the media after the game. “The conversations we have, the laughter we have and the chemistry we have is amazing. I think that’s going to translate on the field as well, and it has. (Monday), we went 2-for-2 and I only played like 15 plays. If the holding call would’ve never happened, I’d have had like 55 yards in two plays. I feel like the chemistry is there, and I feel like we’ve still got three weeks to keep getting better, keep growing and him getting used to my speed. As far as practicing, we’ve had chemistry there as well. It’s going to continue to get better.”In terms of coming back from the injuries:“I almost started crying in the tunnel,” Sanders said. “Sometimes you’ve just got to be proud of yourself and how you handle certain situations. In that moment, I was proud of myself and happy that I was back on the team.” Bradley Chubb The second-year edge rusher is going to have a monster year for Denver. Holy smokes. Chubb completely wrecked Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers offense and he played one quarter. But in that time, good grief. Chubb finished with three tackles, one sack and one quarterback hit. We had hopes of what Chubb and Von Miller would like in Fangio’s defense, if Monday is any indication, this is going to be special. It’s also another excuse to get the Orange Rush shirt from our partners at BreakingT (if you haven’t already).Shelby Harris Not only did Chubb wreck the 49ers offense, Harris did too. He finished with two tackles and two passes defended. If the Broncos are able to get a consistent interior pass rush, watch out.Isaac Yiadom A big question coming into training camp for Denver was its secondary. With how Yiadom and De’Vante Bausby have played, the depth at cornerback is now a strength. Yiadom had an interception on Monday and Bausy almost had a pick. When Bryce Callahan gets back on the field, the Broncos are four deep at cornerback. In regards to Callahan, Mike Klis said the status of his foot isn’t serious.Dalton Risner This has nothing to do with play on the field. If we’re honest, the rookie left guard struggled on Monday. This is about what happened before the game when Risner walked into the stadium for his first game as a member of the Broncos. You could tell how much the moment meant to him.LosersGarett Bolles The positive is, by all accounts, Bolles has had a great camp. The preseason is all about teachable moments, and the holding penalty that negated a huge Flacco completion to Sanders is one of those. As Matt McChesney highlighted on Twitter, this is fixable for Bolles. And the even better news is the coaches are in place to make that happen. Preseason football I get that coaches like Fangio love preseason football. It serves as another way to evaluate your players and what you have on your roster. But can we please add a running clock? Not even a full game, it would work for just the second half. I’ve wanted this for years Womens Royce Freeman Jersey , and seeing Kyle Fredrickson tweet about it confirmed my thoughts. “Teams” Given this has been an issue throughout the preseason, I cannot put “special” in the front of “teams.” So for now, it’s just teams. What should ease some concerns, and I believe it was Shasta who said it, is most of the guys playing there won’t come the regular season. But this is definitely the biggest cause for unease right now in regards to the Broncos. MHR Radio is now on ApplePodcasts, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher,TuneIn and anywhere else you get your podcasts. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear. With the season over and a huge change in coaching regime for the Denver Broncos, it is a great time to step back, take a look at the roster, and play a little armchair GM before free agency. All of this is my own personal opinion based off what I’ve seen from the players on the field.Series links:part 1: Defensive LinePart 2: LinebackersToday we’re looking at the Broncos’ Secondary units to see what holes the Broncos should be looking to fill in the 2019 NFL offseason. Player Rating Key:1 - Project / developmental - lacking necessary skills to contribute as it stands today2 - Backup quality - Can play, but isn’t a guy you want out there every snap3 - Mediocre starter - Doesn’t bring anything special to the table, but is able to do the job4 - Good starter - An above-average talent5 - Blue chip player - Top 10 talent in the NFL at what he doesUnit Rating Key:1 - Blow it up - the Broncos have nothing NFL quality to work with2 - Severely lacking at least one starter3 - Mediocre need4 - Solid talent and depth5 - Elite talent levelCornerbacks:2018 CB StatsNo.PlayerAgePosGGSSnaps / %IntYdsTDLngPDFFFmbSkCombSoloAstTFLQBHitsNo.PlayerAgePosGGSSnaps / %IntYdsTDLngPDFFFmbSkCombSoloAstTFLQBHitshttps://www.pro-football-reference.com/, https://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/snapcountsChris Harris, Jr. - 5Chris Harris, Jr. is the best technician at cornerback the NFL has to offer. He understands exactly how to play any type of receiver lined up on him, how to play in any scheme the defense wants, and is able to do his job at high level no matter where you line him up in the secondary.He’s a stud. The smartest thing the Broncos could do with CHJ is to get him extended and keep him in the orange and blue for his whole career.UFA Bradley Roby - 3Bradley Roby and whether or not the Broncos will try to keep him this offseason is one of the more compelling questions facing the Broncos. He’s an up and down player historically and is not anywhere close to what I would call elite. He does know how to play the game and is good for about 2-3 great games a season. The biggest negative to his game is his lack of focus and effort at times which is good for costing 2-3 scores single-handedly per season.I honestly think this is a situation where I let him go and hope he does well with a change of scenery as I think paying him money to stay won’t help get his focus and effort where it needs to be.Isaac Yiadom - 3Issac Yiadom was a guy who looked pretty rough asrookie to begin the season, but his play got sneaky good as the season wore on. I liked a lot of what I saw from him late in the season and think he’s another young guy who if he will put the work on this offseason it will pay dividends for his career and help bolster the talent level of the team.Brendan Langley - 1Brendan Langley has been a developmental prospect since he was drafted and in 2018 the best thing you can say about him is that he did a solid job contributing in special teams. Unless he takes everyone by surprise this offseason, I expect him to have a similar contribution next season as the film doesn’t show me any upside that makes me think he has what it takes to take his game to the next level.UFA Tramaine Brock - 2Tramaine Brock was a warm body on the field for the Broncos in 2018. He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t altogether terrible either. One thing I noticed more than I’d like to is his penchant for getting caught flat-footed at times in coverage.I don’t see the Broncos resigning Brock this offseason.Horace Richardson - 1Horace Richardson was an undrafted practice squad player that bounced from the Vikings to the Chiefs to us through the span of the 2018 season. He’s a young developmental guy only that we have yet to see play any meaningful snaps for the Broncos.Craig Mager - 2Craig Mager is a guy getting a second chance from the Broncos. He was drafted in the 3rd round by the Chargerrs back in 2016 and was released in 2018 by them after a hamstring injury.We’ll see what he brings to the table as he fights for his NFL career. He’s a guy that is either going to flash for the coaches or get cut this offseason. He has a legitimate chance to make the team if he can wow them.UFA Jamar Taylor - 2Jamar Taylor was brought in to bolster the cornerback room with a veteran player when CHJ went out near the end of the 2018 season. He’s not under contract for 2019 and I doubt the Broncos sign him as I think they’ll be looking for more long-term solutions at corner for 2019.Overview - 2In today’s NFL you need three solid starters at cornerback. I feel like optimistically the Broncos have 2 with Isaac Yiadom and Chris Harris, Jr.The Broncos will need to bring in some talent in the draft and may even bring in a free agent as well.Safety:2018 Safety StatsNo.PlayerAgePosGGSSnaps / %IntYdsTDLngPDFFFRSkCombSoloAstTFLQBHitsNo.PlayerAgePosGGSSnaps / %IntYdsTDLngPDFFFRSkCombSoloAstTFLQBHitshttps://www.pro-football-reference.com/, https://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/snapcountsJustin Simmons - 3After a couple of extremely promising seasons, 2018 saw the legend of Justin Simmons in Broncos Country take a step back. Simmons is a very talented safety who has very good man-to-man coverage skills and good range in the defensive backfield.While we didn’t see a ton of “great” play from him in 2018 one thing you can say is that he was extremely versatile for the Broncos. He played 100% of the defensive snaps in 2018 according to the stats which speaks to his versatility.I honestly think the team will be better served by reducing his workload and getting his play focused so he can excel as a safety instead of being “good” at everything from slot corner to free safety.Darian Stewart - 2One of my favorite Broncos from the 2015 Super Bowl Championship season is Darian Stewart. Historically he’s been a superb safety for the Broncos who is able as a free safety to attack the ball and make plays both in the run game and pass game.Sadly my eyes tell me he’s lost a step in 2018. With the youth movement front and center in the NFL from a front office perspective, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him released in 2019.If he stays with the Broncos, I honestly think the team is best off using him as a depth safety instead of a starter regardless of his contract.Sua’ Cravens - 2Sua’ Cravens had a pretty lackluster season after all the hype that went into the Broncos acquire him from what looked like a very solid trade. He spent a lot of the season injured and when he did make it onto the field didn’t seem to really bring anything spectacular to the table.That being said, he’s got all the athletic talent you could ask for and is young. If the coaches can get him dialed in on football and his body ready for the rigors of a season without injury, the guy has the goods to be a real impactful player. Right now that’s all potential though.Will Parks - 3I thought Will Parks responded in a big way to the Broncos signing of Cravens. Parks didn’t wow in 2017 and showed us last season that he’s all about improving. His play took a step forward last year and he flashed for me several times when he finally got meaningful snaps as the season wore on.Look for him to fight for a starting spot in 2019. Trey Marshall - 1Trey Marshall is a developmental practice squad player that went undrafted in 2018.ERFA Dymonte Thomas - 2Dymonte Thomas didn’t see the field much in 2018, but I remember really liking his play in the preseason work he got. That being said, his time on the field was very productive for how little he was there. He’s another young guy that has a shot this year to carve out a role for himself in this defense.Look for the Broncos to keep him on the roster as a solid backup player.Jamal Carter - 2Jamal Carter tore his hamstring early in 2018. We’ll see if he rebounds in 2019. He looked good from what I saw in 2017 out of him as a depth safety.Shamarko Thomas - 1Shamarko Thomas is a veteran depth player who Denver obviously has taken a liking to.They released him a couple times in 2018 only to keep bringing him back and even signed him to a futures contract.He should have a solid opportunity to make the team, but didn’t see enough of the field for me to really have a solid opinion on what he brings to the table.Overview - 3I see this group as very mediocre.I do think they have viable starters...some of them may even thrive with a new coaching staff and really impress next season. But my eyes tell me we have an aging starter who needs replaced and a bunch of youth that look like a lot of question marks behind him.Defensive roster status overall:Defensive Ends3Nose Tackles1Outside Linebackers3Inside Linebackers2Cornerbacks2Safeties3