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Can Riley Moss play key role in Year 1?

Editor’s note: Ninth in a series previewing the Broncos’ position groups entering training camp. Today, cornerbacks.

On the roster (10): Pat Surtain II, Riley Moss, Art Green, Faion Hicks, Delonte Hood, Damarri Mathis, Ja’Quan McMillian, Tremon Smith, K’Waun Williams, Essang Bassey.

How many on the 53?: Five.

Most impactful offseason move: Drafting Riley Moss

The Broncos made an interesting move in the draft trading the No. 108 pick and a 2024 third-rounder to select Moss at 83rd overall. It remains to be seen whether the Broncos gave up too much to draft the former Iowa standout. But he has a strong chance be a key player in Denver’s secondary as a rookie.

In addition to his speed and athleticism, Moss has incredible ball skills. Last season, Moss totaled 11 passes defended for the Hawkeyes. He was named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in 2021 after he recorded four interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.

Biggest question to answer in camp: Will Damarri Mathis solidify his role as a starting corner?

Mathis’ starting debut last season wasn’t pretty. He stepped in for cornerback Ronald Darby, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, and was flagged four times for pass interference in Denver’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6. But as the season progressed, he showed the potential of being Denver’s starting cornerback alongside Surtain for the foreseeable future. Training camp will be important for Mathis to continue to show his ability to be a starter in this league. Moss might give Mathis some competition, but the former Pitt standout has enough positive film to suggest he will come out on top.

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