DENVER (CBS4) – There are some great new players on the Broncos this year, but there a few ‘ballers from last year’s squad who are now in different NFL uniforms, and many fans miss them in their old blue & orange outfits.
Here are the former Broncos players who it feels like were just on the team yesterday:
8. Duke Ihenacho, Washington Redskins – Safety Duke Ihenacho was a key starter on the Broncos defensive squad last season. He was picked up by the Washington Redskins in September after being surprisingly cut by the Broncos and he played in two games for them before suffering a season-ending foot injury. Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is close friends with Ihenacho and told CBS4 “I knew he would get claimed, I just didn’t know where.”
7. Shaun Phillips, Titans – Linebacker Shaun Phillips was a member of the Chargers for about eight years, and it was a nice pickup for the Broncos when they added him to their defensive squad. He performed quite well in Denver in the 2013 season, notching 10 sacks. But his stay in Colorado was short — he is now a member of the Tennessee Titans.
6. Mike Adams, Colts – Safety Mike Adams was a fun player to have around in the locker room, with great enthusiasm and an easy going attitude. Before the Super Bowl, Adams told reporters he would walk home in his uniform to his nearby New Jersey home if the Broncos won. Of course, it quickly became evident to just about everyone watching around the world that a Bronco victory was not to be. Adams is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
5. Kevin Vickerson, Chiefs – Defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson was a Bronco as recently as late August, and when younger (and less expensive) linemen stepped up in training camp, the Broncos made the tough decision to cut the veteran. After the cut, safety Rahim Moore echoed the thoughts of many other Broncos defenders: “He was a mentor to me.” Now Vickerson is on the Kansas City Chiefs, and appears to be doing just fine.
4. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Giants – Rodgers-Cromartie had a strong season for the Broncos in his one year in Denver. He racked up 25 tackles and had three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. (His performance that week got him AFC Defensive Player Of Week honors.)
But the now-Giant may be missed most for his fancy sense of style! When he goes out on the town one of his signatures is wearing glasses without lenses. Also, he told CBS4 last year one of his secrets is “You want the shoes to offset the whole outfit.”
“You don’t want to be too color-coordinated,” DRC said.
3. Eric Decker, Jets – Eric Decker started his career in Denver and was a favorite of coaches and of fans. He and his wife also got married here and starred in a reality TV show. So seeing him go was certainly tough. But Decker landed a big-money contract with the New York Jets, and now he gets to be the No. 1 receiver and lead a young and relatively inexperience wide receiving corps.
2. Wesley Woodyard, Titans – Woodyard started out as primarily a special teams player, but his hard work and display of talent at every opportunity was rewarded when he was named a starter for the Broncos defense a few years ago. Woodyard signed a free agent deal with the Tennessee Titans in the offseason after many great years in Denver.
1. Knowshon Moreno, Dolphins – Ask any Bronco fan and they will probably tell you that Knowshon Moreno is the most missed member of the Broncos from last year. Moreno signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins in the offseason, and before unfortunately getting hurt in Week 2 he was on fire for Miami. Many analysts felt that after his first few seasons in Denver the former first round draft pick was a bit of a bust, but they all had to agree that the punch and toughness Moreno provided last year went a long way towards helping Denver be the league’s clear no. 1 offense.
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