Broncos Mailbag: Week 1 starting tight end — Albert Okwuegbunam or Greg Dulcich?

Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the off-season. Submit questions to Ryan here.

Now that the Giants have released cornerback James Bradberry, any chance the Broncos go after him? Bradberry and Pat Surtain II would be hard to top.

— Jay, Edwards

Bradberry was released by the Giants after they couldn’t find a team to take on his contract, but there isn’t immediate room in the Broncos’ cornerback room for him.

As of Monday afternoon, the Broncos had a listed $11.6 million in cap space and if I’m general manager George Paton, I want to hang on to some of that space to either use at this year’s trade deadline or roll into 2023.

Right now, the Broncos are committed to Ronald Darby at the other outside spot opposite Surtain and newcomer K’Waun Williams playing the slot.

Hi Ryan, if Rob Walton becomes the owner of the Broncos, he needs to hold off on a new stadium and address the Broncos’ uniforms and bring in new/retro uniforms. I am all for bringing back the orange crush uniforms and “D” logo. Or even the color rush uniforms with white pants and “D” logo. Maybe throw it back even further and bring back the orange away pants.

— Victor, Alameda, Calif.

Who doesn’t love uniform questions/comments/rants?

Orange crush uniforms: No. I don’t like orange jerseys paired with orange trousers.

The “D” logo on the helmet: Yes, yes a thousand times yes. The logo has always looked sharp with the navy blue helmets for the color-rush games.

Orange away trousers: Yuck.

White pants with the “D” logo: Yes.

Ryan, should we be concerned about Jerry Jeudy’s arrest last week? He was immensely talented coming out of college, but he hasn’t shown that promise consistently since entering the league. Is this the beginning of the end for him in Denver?

— Mark, Arvada

Jeudy spent Thursday night in the Arapahoe County Jail after officers were called to a non-physical domestic disturbance between him and his girlfriend.

Right now, all Jeudy is guilty of is bad decision-making/immaturity. I don’t believe this is the beginning of the end for him with the Broncos.

Getting Jeudy to reach the potential of a first-round pick is up to coach/play-caller Nathaniel Hackett because there is no reason Jeudy should go through an entire season (albeit interrupted by injury) without a touchdown catch.

Hi Ryan, thanks for the fine coverage over the years. 1. Who’s going to be the main tight end when Week 1 arrives: Albert Okwuegbunam or Greg Dulcich? 2. What’s receiver Kendall Hinton’s role this year? He had some nice moments last year and I’d love to see more of him on the field. Thanks.

— James, Lone Tree

1. When Dulcich was drafted last month, I thought Okwuegbunam would be TE1 for the opener. But the combination of looking up some of Dulcich’s UCLA highlights and the praise he’s earned from the Broncos’ coaches, I’ve flipped to Dulcich being the starter. Both players will have significant roles.

2. The current math doesn’t work for Hinton making the 53-man roster, but I was wrong about that last year. If the Broncos keep five receivers, it’s Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, KJ Hamler and rookie returner Montrell Washington. If they keep six, that gives Hinton his best shot but he must beat out Tyrie Cleveland and Seth Williams.

Who steps up to fill Shelby Harris’ shoes? He was honestly the one player I was sad to lose in the Russell Wilson trade. Do you think Mike Purcell gets a bigger role or will one of the younger guys have to step up or get shipped out?

— Ron, Parker

Harris’ departure is unlikely to create playing time for Purcell … and I’m not totally sure what Big Mike’s role will be this year because D.J. Jones projects as a nose tackle after being signed away from San Francisco.

At Harris’ old defensive end spot, the Broncos have Dre’Mont Jones still starting at one spot and rookies Eyioma Uwazurike (fourth round) and Matt Henningsen (sixth round) joining McTelvin Agim, DeShawn Williams and Marquiss Spencer.

The Jones’ Guys (D.J. and Dre’Mont) will need to lead the way, starting with stopping the run.

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