AFC West: Denver Broncos
OPEN CAMP: July 23, Englewood, Colorado.
LAST YEAR: Peyton Manning had best season of his unparalleled career, leading offense that was best in NFL history before injury-depleted Broncos were blistered by Seattle in Super Bowl.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: DE-LB DeMarcus Ware; WR Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer; S T.J. Ward; CBs Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby.
IMPORTANT LOSSES: CB Champ Bailey; WR Eric Decker; LB Wesley Woodyard; S Mike Adams; RB Knowshon Moreno.
CAMP NEEDS: Broncos need defensive stalwarts Von Miller (ACL), Chris Harris Jr. (ACL), Kevin Vickerson (hip) and Rahim Moore (leg) to return to form after watching Super Bowl from sideline. With LT Ryan Clady (foot) back and Zane Beadles gone, Broncos juggled O-line, moving Chris Clark to RT and shifting Orlando Franklin inside to LG. That gives them more muscle for ground game led by second-year pro Montee Ball as they strive for better balance in 2014.
EXPECTATIONS: As Chris Harris Jr., said, ''It's Super Bowl or bust for us this year.'' He meant winning it. Broncos could be even better on offense with Sanders and Latimer replacing Decker, and Ball replacing Moreno. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is relieved to get back so many injured players and work in bevy of thumpers GM John Elway signed to add nastiness Broncos witnessed — and Manning felt — against Seahawks in Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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