The Broncos, still smarting from a crushing playoff loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, stand on the doorstep of the NFL scouting combine and the start of free agency determined to make things right.The Broncos have tried to leave the abrupt end to their 2012 season behind and move ahead. After looking at the video and talking with NFL pro personnel executives, here is a report card for the 2012 team.
There is no grading on a curve. As they should be, A's are more difficult to earn than a Pro Bowl slot. There were 112 Pro Bowl selections for the 2012 season (6.7 percent of the league), including injury replacements and replacements for players in the Super Bowl. Grades were given to the players on the Broncos' season-ending, 53-man roster and starters who suffered season-ending injuries after playing at least four games.
Peyton Manning: A
There remains a question about how much the grip in his right hand will improve. His time spent with Broncos trainers, working his way back from four neck surgeries, was more challenging than people understood. But he had his 12th 4,000-yard passing season and nine 300-yard games, and he set the Denver season record for touchdown passes (37) to go with an 11-game winning streak.
Demaryius Thomas: A
Thomas showed he is one of the most proficient catch-and-run receivers in the NFL. He led the Broncos with 15.3 yards per catch and was tied for seventh in the league in touchdowns (10).
Von Miller: A
He led the Broncos in sacks (team- record 18½) and tackles for loss (28) and tied for team lead in forced fumbles. He is the defense's franchise player.
Ryan Clady: A-
Only Orlando Franklin was penalized more among the Broncos' offensive linemen. Clady drew eight flags but allowed only one sack in a singled-up situation. Recent shoulder surgery is a concern.
Wesley Woodyard: A-
Only player in the NFL last season with at least 100 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions. Consistently a do-it-all guy.
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