Trio of Broncos players land on Pro Football Focus’ midseason all-pro team – The Denver Post

The Broncos may be 3-6 and seen their roster ravaged with injuries, but that didn’t stop three of its players from earning some midseason honors.

Three Denver players landed on Pro Football Focus’ midseason all-pro team. Safety Justin Simmons, cornerback Bryce Callahan and offensive tackle Garett Bolles were selected to the first team. Here’s what PFF’s Sam Monson had to say about them:

On Bolles:

“An unkind observer might suggest that the giant leap in play from Garett Bolles is due to the NFL halfway eliminating holding calls this season, but in truth, his play has jumped up across the board.

“Bolles has yet to surrender a sack this season and has been beaten for just nine total pressures over eight games. His run blocking has taken an even bigger leap, grading out at 90.1 through the first half of the season — almost 20 grading points higher than a season ago.”

On Callahan:

“Bryce Callahan is a slot cornerback prototype in today’s NFL, but early in the season, he was forced to play outside for the Broncos when they were short-handed.

“He played well in that role despite being undersized for the task. he has moved back inside since then, grading as the best corner in the league. Callahan has yet to surrender a touchdown in coverage and is allowing just 8.5 yards per catch as well as a 46.0 passer rating.”

On Simmons:

“Justin Simmons is backing up an All-Pro season in 2019 with another one this year, even if his grades have taken a slight step back from last season’s incredible level.

“Simmons has been excellent in the run game, even grading out a little better in that facet (89.7) than last year. And while hasn’t quite been able to replicate his absurd playmaking in coverage from last season, he is a sure-fire positive force for the Broncos’ defense.”

Ravens defensive back Jimmy Smith, who starred at Colorado in college, earned second team honors as a flex. Former Rockies infield prospect and now-Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also earned second team recognition.

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