Denver Broncos decline to pick up Shane Ray’s option

Loaded with pass rushers, the Broncos are preparing for life beyond Shane Ray.

The team is not expected to pick up the outside linebacker’s fifth-year option, a source told NFL Network’s James Palmer.

A 2015 first-round draft pick, Ray finds himself buried in a crowded position group after Denver used the fifth-overall pick in last week’s draft to nab celebrated pass-rushing prospect Bradley Chubb.

Now would be where we mention tight end Rob Gronkowski missed two games and didn’t lead the team in targets, and receiver Julian Edelman missed the entire season with a torn ACL. 

Gronkowski caught eight touchdowns a year ago on 105 targets, and the departed Cooks landed right behind at seven scores on 114 targets. It hurts to lose the latter, but not terribly—Edelman is back, and the 25-year-old Jordan Matthews just arrived and has tremendous upside in the offense. 

Why stop there? Lewis, the team’s leading rusher, is gone, but first-round rookie Sony Michel shouldn’t have a problem filling the void right away—especially while running behind instant-starter material Isaiah Wynn, another of the team’s first-round picks. New England rounded out the running back committee in free agency, grabbing between-the-tackles sledgehammer Jeremy Hill. 

This is a transitional year for the Jets, and it’s going to look like it. 

Is new arrival Norv Turner the right mind to figure it all out for the Carolina Panthers? 

That’s hard to say. Quarterback Cam Newton took 35 sacks last year trying to air it out, throwing for 3,302 yards with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His lack of help has become an internet meme, something his team-leading 754 rushing yards and six ground scores reinforced. 

The Panthers are insistent on giving Christian McCaffrey, 2017’s No. 8 pick, a bigger workload, but he’ll still get close to 113 targets again and partake in a rotation. 

On paper, first-round rookie D.J. Moore Cheap Eagles Jerseys might be able to help right away, provided he can buck the brutal pro learning curve for first-year wideouts. He Cheap Euro Jerseys might end up being redundant with Curtis Samuel, last year’s second-round pick, as they’re each potential slot guys at 6’0 or shorter. There could also be an over-reliance on primary receivers Torrey Smith and Devin Funchess, which isn’t guaranteed to work. 

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