Welcome to the sixteenth edition of “Who to Rep,” our ongoing series in which we recommend a player to rep for the upcoming week. Our selection process is rigorously unscientific, but we hope you like it anyway.
Denver hasn’t had the season they dreamed of, but it isn’t hard to find reasons for optimism. The Broncos still sport one of the league’s stingiest defenses, two reliable star receivers, and explosive running back C.J. Anderson.
Anderson is our pick for the week, with a season-high158 yards against the Colts on Thursday. The win, for Denver, is largely meaningless… but for Anderson that offensive explosion puts him in striking distance of his first thousand yard season. Whether he makes that milestone or not, he’s already set a career best mark at 858 yards so far, and he’s still got two games to go.
A more tempered reason for optimism might be the play of quarter back Brock Osweiler, but Denver’s seen this movie before; no matter how good Osweiler looks o a given night, so far he’s been unable to translate any of his (many) seeming breakout performances into consistent quality play. The same could be said of nominal (and presently injured) starter Trevor Siemian.
On the upside, the Broncos figure to have a high pick in the upcoming draft, and enough cap room to chase an established QB like Kirk Cousins or Eli Manning. Whether they opt for new blood or an established star, it’s reasonably safe to assume that Denver enters next season with a new QB. The good news for that QB is that he’ll be walking into a great situation.
Whoever the next Broncos QB is, he’ll be playing for one of the league’s most admired front offices, and a well-regarded coaching staff. He’ll also be backed up by a Von Miller’s defense and C.J.’s running game; those are two pretty great security blankets for a fresh QB. That he gets to throw to Sanders and Thomas is a bonus.
This year, though, C.J. is the story. Despite an iffy offensive line and limited help from the QB position, he’s been the most reliable facet of a hit-or-miss Denver offense, and he seems to be getting better as the season goes. If he does in fact make it to 1000 yards this season, it’s likely to be just the first of several such seasons for the explosive young back.
For now, you can rep his jersey proudly, knowing he’s not only the best thing the Broncos offense has going for it now, he’s also a sign of the brighter future they’re building towards.