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10-4-1, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1987 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.1, Offense: 3.2, Defense: 0.9, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 379 points (25.3/g), 4th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 288 points (19.2/g), 7th.
 Differential of 91 points (6.1/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 9.9-5.1.

Coach: Dan Reeves (10-4-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shanahan
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier
 Other Notable Asst.: Chan Gailey (Tight Ends/Receivers) and Mike Nolan (Special Teams/Linebackers)

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, Colorado)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB John Elway* 27 4 12 224 for 410, 3,198 yards, 19 td, 12 int, & 66 rushes for 304 yards and 4 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1983
RB Sammy Winder 28 5 10 196 rushes for 741 yards, 6 td, & 14 catches for 74 yards and 1 td Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1982
FB Gene Lang 25 3 6 89 rushes for 303 yards, 2 td, & 17 catches for 130 yards and 2 td Denver Broncos / 11th / 298th pick / 1984
WR Mark Jackson 24 1 9 26 catches for 436 yards, 2 td Denver Broncos / 6th / 161st pick / 1986
WR Vance Johnson 24 2 9 42 catches for 684 yards, 7 td, & 1 rush for -8 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1985
TE Clarence Kay 26 3 12 31 catches for 440 yards, 0 td Denver Broncos / 7th / 186th pick / 1984
LT Dave Studdard 32 8 14 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
LG Keith Bishop* 30 7 12 Denver Broncos / 6th / 157th pick / 1980
C Mike Freeman 26 3 9
RG Stefan Humphries 25 3 7 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 71st pick / 1984
RT Ken Lanier 28 6 12 Denver Broncos / 5th / 125th pick / 1981
 Defensive Starters
LDE Andre Townsend 25 3 11 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 46th pick / 1984
NT Greg Kragen 25 2 9 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RDE Rulon Jones 29 7 12 7.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1980
LOLB Simon Fletcher 25 2 12 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 54th pick / 1985
LILB Karl Mecklenburg* 27 4 12 7.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 12th / 310th pick / 1983
RILB Ricky Hunley 26 3 12 1.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 7th pick / 1984
ROLB Jim Ryan 30 8 14 1.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
LCB Mark Haynes 29 7 12 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 1st / 8th pick / 1980
RCB Mike Harden 28 7 12 0.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1980
SS Dennis Smith 28 6 6 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1981
FS Tony Lilly 25 3 9 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 78th pick / 1984
 Special Teams Starters
K Rich Karlis 28 5 0 18 of 25 field goals & 37 of 37 extra points
P Mike Horan 28 3 0 44 punts for a 41.1 average, 2 blocked Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 235th pick / 1982
PR Kevin Clark 23 Rook 3 18 punt returns for a 12.9 average and 1 td
KR Ken Bell 23 1 1 15 kick returns for a 21.5 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
86 Mitch Andrews 23 te 8 3 239 6-2 LSU 3/4/1964 Rook 1
67 John Ayers 34 rg 9 5 258 6-5 Texas,West Texas A&M 4/14/1953 10 3 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 223rd pick / 1976
73 Kevin Belcher 26 t 1 1 310 6-6 Wisconsin 11/9/1961 2 1 Los Angeles Raiders / 7th / 186th pick / 1985
35 Ken Bell 23 KR 12 1 190 5-10 Boston Col. 11/16/1964 1 0
54 Keith Bishop* 30 LG 12 12 260 6-3 Nebraska,Baylor 3/10/1957 7 9 Denver Broncos / 6th / 157th pick / 1980
24 Tony Boddie 27 5 0 195 5-11 Montana St. 11/11/1960 1 1
65 Walt Bowyer 27 de 15 3 254 6-4 Arizona St. 9/8/1960 4 3 Denver Broncos / 10th / 254th pick / 1983
34 Tyrone Braxton 23 2 0 185 5-11 North Dakota St. 12/17/1964 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 12th / 334th pick / 1987
56 Michael Brooks 23 12 0 236 6-1 LSU 3/2/1964 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 86th pick / 1987
82 Laron Brown 24 wr 3 1 172 5-9 Tennessee,Texas 11/10/1963 Rook 0 Washington Redskins / 11th / 304th pick / 1987
64 Bill Bryan 32 c 4 4 251 6-2 Duke 6/21/1955 10 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
79 Steve Bryan 23 de 4 3 256 6-2 Oklahoma 5/6/1964 Rook 2 Chicago Bears / 5th / 120th pick / 1987
28 Scott Caldwell 24 rb 3 1 196 5-10 Texas-Arlington 2/8/1963 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 202nd pick / 1985
28 Jeremiah Castille 26 11 0 175 5-10 Alabama 1/15/1961 4 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1983
27 Kevin Clark 23 PR 11 3 185 5-10 San Jose St. 6/8/1964 Rook 1
15 Mike Clendenen 24 3 0 191 5-11 Houston 6/12/1963 Rook 1
63 Mark Cooper 27 5 0 270 6-5 Miami (FL) 2/14/1960 4 1 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1983
55 Rick Dennison 29 12 0 220 6-3 Colorado St. 6/22/1958 5 1
59 Kirk Dodge 25 lb 3 1 231 6-1 UNLV 6/4/1962 3 1 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 175th pick / 1984
32 Joe Dudek 23 rb 2 2 200 6-0 Plymouth St. 1/22/1964 Rook 2
7 John Elway* 27 QB 12 12 215 6-3 Stanford 6/28/1960 4 14 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1983
37 Steve Fitzhugh 24 db 3 1 188 5-11 Miami (OH) 1/28/1963 Rook 1
73 Simon Fletcher 25 LOLB 12 12 240 6-5 Houston 2/18/1962 2 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 54th pick / 1985
62 Mike Freeman 26 C 13 9 256 6-3 Arizona 10/13/1961 3 6
6 Ralph Giacomarro 26 3 0 190 6-1 Penn St. 1/17/1961 4 1 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 268th pick / 1983
90 Freddie Gilbert 25 de 7 3 275 6-4 Georgia 4/8/1962 1 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 19th pick / 1984 Supp
83 Sam Graddy 23 1 0 165 5-10 Tennessee 2/10/1964 Rook 0
31 Mike Harden 28 RCB 12 12 192 6-1 Michigan 2/16/1959 7 7 Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1980
76 Archie Harris 23 3 0 270 6-6 William & Mary 11/17/1964 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 7th / 193rd pick / 1987
36 Mark Haynes 29 LCB 12 12 194 5-11 Colorado 11/6/1958 7 8 New York Giants / 1st / 8th pick / 1980
78 Winford Hood 25 g 3 2 262 6-3 Georgia 3/29/1962 3 1 Denver Broncos / 8th / 207th pick / 1984
2 Mike Horan 28 P 12 0 192 5-11 Long Beach St. 2/1/1959 3 1 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 235th pick / 1982
79 Stefan Humphries 25 RG 7 7 265 6-3 Michigan 1/20/1962 3 4 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 71st pick / 1984
98 Ricky Hunley 26 RILB 12 12 242 6-2 Arizona 11/11/1961 3 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 7th pick / 1984
80 Mark Jackson 24 WR 12 9 180 5-9 Purdue 7/23/1963 1 4 Denver Broncos / 6th / 161st pick / 1986
25 Roger Jackson 28 db 3 2 186 6-0 Bethune-Cookman 2/28/1959 5 1
21 Earl Johnson 24 db 3 3 195 6-0 South Carolina 10/20/1963 2 1 New Orleans Saints / 9th / 236th pick / 1985
82 Vance Johnson 24 WR 11 9 185 5-11 Arizona 3/13/1963 2 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1985
95 Tim Joiner 26 lb 3 3 235 6-4 LSU 1/7/1961 4 1 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 58th pick / 1983
20 Daryll Jones 25 db 1 1 190 6-0 Georgia 3/23/1962 3 0 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 181st pick / 1984
69 David Jones 26 g 3 1 262 6-3 Texas 10/25/1961 3 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 214th pick / 1984
45 Leonard Jones 23 db 2 1 185 6-2 Texas Tech 10/28/1964 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 239th pick / 1987
75 Rulon Jones 29 RDE 12 12 260 6-6 Utah St. 3/25/1958 7 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1980
12 Ken Karcher 24 qb 3 3 205 6-3 Notre Dame,Tulane 7/1/1963 Rook 2
3 Rich Karlis 28 K 12 0 180 6-0 Cincinnati 5/23/1959 5 3
60 Keith Kartz 24 c 12 3 270 6-4 California 5/5/1963 Rook 3
88 Clarence Kay 26 TE 12 12 237 6-2 Georgia 7/30/1961 3 4 Denver Broncos / 7th / 186th pick / 1984
97 Bruce Klosterman 24 9 0 230 6-4 Iowa,South Dakota St. 4/17/1963 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 8th / 217th pick / 1986
56 Mike Knox 25 3 0 240 6-2 Nebraska 11/21/1962 Rook 0
71 Greg Kragen 25 NT 12 9 263 6-3 Utah St. 3/4/1962 2 5
8 Gary Kubiak 26 12 0 192 6-0 Texas A&M 8/15/1961 4 0 Denver Broncos / 8th / 197th pick / 1983
33 Gene Lang 25 FB 12 6 196 5-10 LSU 3/15/1962 3 4 Denver Broncos / 11th / 298th pick / 1984
76 Ken Lanier 28 RT 12 12 281 6-3 Florida St. 7/8/1959 6 7 Denver Broncos / 5th / 125th pick / 1981
68 Larry Lee 28 c 9 5 265 6-2 UCLA 9/10/1959 6 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 129th pick / 1981
41 Zeph Lee 24 1 0 208 6-3 USC 6/17/1963 Rook 0 Los Angeles Raiders / 9th / 246th pick / 1986
22 Tony Lilly 25 FS 13 9 199 6-0 Florida 2/16/1962 3 6 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 78th pick / 1984
74 Bill Lobenstein 26 3 0 261 6-3 Wisconsin,Wisc-Whitewater 5/11/1961 Rook 0
89 Kerry Locklin 28 3 0 230 6-3 New Mexico St. 9/9/1959 5 0 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 145th pick / 1982
58 Tim Lucas 26 lb 11 3 230 6-3 California 4/3/1961 Rook 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 269th pick / 1983
52 Dan MacDonald 25 3 0 230 6-2 Idaho St. 9/2/1962 Rook 0
29 Warren Marshall 23 1 0 218 6-0 James Madison 7/24/1964 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 6th / 167th pick / 1987
83 Rick Massie 27 wr 9 4 190 6-1 Kentucky 1/16/1960 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 46th pick / 1984 Supp
14 Dean May 25 3 0 220 6-5 Louisville 5/26/1962 3 0 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 138th pick / 1984
16 Monte McGuire 23 2 0 202 6-4 Texas Tech 5/7/1964 Rook 0
96 Ron McLean 24 3 0 270 6-3 Cal State-Fullerton 4/13/1963 Rook 0 New York Jets / 9th / 241st pick / 1987
77 Karl Mecklenburg* 27 LILB 12 12 240 6-3 Augustana (SD),Minnesota 9/1/1960 4 14 Denver Broncos / 12th / 310th pick / 1983
46 Bobby Micho 25 te 15 3 236 6-3 Texas 3/7/1962 3 3 Denver Broncos / 10th / 272nd pick / 1984
89 Orson Mobley 24 te 10 6 256 6-5 Florida St.,Salem 3/4/1963 1 2 Denver Broncos / 6th / 151st pick / 1986
51 Marc Munford 22 12 0 231 6-2 Nebraska 2/14/1965 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 111th pick / 1987
84 Ricky Nattiel 21 wr 12 3 180 5-9 Florida 1/25/1966 Rook 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 27th pick / 1987
88 Russell Payne 22 1 0 240 6-1 Appalachian St. 3/21/1965 Rook 0
71 Jack Peavey 24 c 3 1 260 6-2 Springfield,Troy 6/6/1963 Rook 1
26 Lyle Pickens 23 1 0 175 5-10 Colorado 9/5/1964 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 9th / 231st pick / 1986
38 Bruce Plummer 23 11 0 197 6-0 Mississippi St. 9/1/1964 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 9th / 250th pick / 1987
34 Nathan Poole 31 2 0 210 5-9 Louisville 12/17/1956 8 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 10th / 250th pick / 1979
74 Dan Remsberg 25 5 0 275 6-6 Abilene Christian 4/7/1962 1 1 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 252nd pick / 1985
48 Randy Robbins 25 db 10 4 189 6-2 Arizona 9/14/1962 3 3 Denver Broncos / 4th / 89th pick / 1984
40 Martin Rudolph 23 db 3 1 183 5-10 Arizona 10/19/1964 Rook 1
39 Darryl Russell 23 3 0 190 6-0 Appalachian St. 12/14/1964 Rook 0
50 Jim Ryan 30 ROLB 14 14 217 6-1 William & Mary 5/18/1957 8 9
30 Steve Sewell 24 7 0 210 6-3 Oklahoma 4/2/1963 2 3 Denver Broncos / 1st / 26th pick / 1985
49 Dennis Smith 28 SS 6 6 200 6-3 USC 2/3/1959 6 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1981
57 Matt Smith 22 3 0 234 6-2 West Virginia 9/1/1965 Rook 0
70 Dave Studdard 32 LT 14 14 260 6-4 Texas 11/22/1955 8 9 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
80 Shane Swanson 25 wr 3 2 200 5-9 Nebraska 10/4/1962 Rook 1 Cleveland Browns / 12th / 315th pick / 1985
4 Bob Thompson 25 2 0 170 5-9 Youngstown St. 9/9/1962 Rook 0 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 142nd pick / 1986
61 Andre Townsend 25 LDE 12 11 265 6-3 Mississippi 10/8/1962 3 6 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 46th pick / 1984
91 Jeff Tupper 25 de 4 3 269 6-5 Oklahoma 12/26/1962 1 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 116th pick / 1986
81 Steve Watson 30 wr 5 1 195 6-4 Temple 5/28/1957 8 2
47 Gerald Willhite 28 rb 3 1 200 5-10 San Jose St. 5/30/1959 5 1 Denver Broncos / 1st / 21st pick / 1982
45 Steve Wilson 30 rcb 11 5 195 5-10 Howard 8/24/1957 8 3
23 Sammy Winder 28 RB 12 10 203 5-11 Southern Miss 7/15/1959 5 6 Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1982
55 Bryant Winn 26 lb 3 3 231 6-4 Houston 11/7/1961 Rook 2 Washington Redskins / 12th / 331st pick / 1985
99 Ray Woodard 26 de 3 1 290 6-6 Texas 8/20/1961 Rook 1 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 199th pick / 1984
Team Total 25.6 15 222.5 6-1.5 2.5