2018 draft class de­vel­op­ing into run­away suc­cess de­spite 3-6 record

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle Fredrick­son

This dys­func­tional Bron­cos sea­son has brought one sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive to light in the bye week.

Den­ver’s 2018 draft class is de­vel­op­ing to­ward a run­away suc­cess.

Of the Bron­cos’ 10 se­lec­tions back in April, four now have start­ing ex­pe­ri­ence — line­backer Bradley Chubb, wide re­ceiver Court­land Sut­ton, run­ning back Royce Free­man and line­backer Josey Jew­ell — while just one pick, sev­enth-round run­ning back David Wil­liams, is no longer on the ros­ter. And, the jury is still out on fifth-round tight end Troy Fu­ma­galli, side­lined on in­jured re­serve since Septem­ber with a groin in­jury.

The Bron­cos over­all rookie suc­cess is no fluke based on a 3-6 record, ei­ther. Sev­eral first-year play­ers, in­clud­ing un­drafted run­ning back Phillip Lind­say, have carved their niche as the foun­da­tion of Den­ver’s longterm plans.

“They are our guys right now. We’ve got seven or eight rook­ies in ma­jor, ma­jor roles,” coach Vance Joseph said. “If they play good, we win, so it’s not a bal­anc­ing act. They are play­ing.

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