As recently as last year, Russell Wilson was one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, so the Denver Broncos became a trendy pick to make the playoffs this year when they traded for him. However, things haven’t gone the way Denver probably expected, and currently have a 2-5 record ahead of their Week 8 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8. The fact that Wilson has gotten the spotlight because of his goofball behavior and not his on-field performance hasn’t helped much.
To make matters worse, Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett is reportedly in the hot seat and could lose his job if the Jaguars win in Week 8. While it’s never pleasant to see anybody get kicked to the curb, the Jaguars are in no position to sob. After all, they aren’t faring much better and can’t afford to pull any punches. With this in mind, here are five Broncos they must account for if they want to end the four-game losing streak they’re riding.
5. Bronco the Jaguars must account for in Week 8: Greg Dulcich, TE
Looking back, it’s easy to see why Denver felt comfortable about adding former first-round pick Noah Fant as part of the compensation package to trade for Russell Wilson. Even without Fant, their tight end room seemed to be in good shape with Albert Okwuegbunam, Eric Saubert, and rookie Gret Dulcich.
While Okwuegbunam generated plenty of hype in training camp, and Saubert is a reliable target in the passing game, it’s Dulcich the one that stands out the most. A third-round selection in this year’s draft, the former UCLA Bruin started the season on the Injured Reserve list but was is back in the fold and has made an impact right off the bat, hauling in eight receptions for 95 yards in the last two games.
Given Dulcich’s recent success, it’s highly likely that his role on Denver’s offense will continue to increase moving forward.