T.J. Ward

Panthers-Broncos Super Bowl rematch in NFL opener features several familiar faces, plus a few new ones

Panthers-Broncos Super Bowl rematch in NFL opener features several familiar faces, plus a few new ones

In the six months between confetti fall and curtain rise, the Denver Broncos became a vastly different team. Any casual observer could see that, with Peyton Manning retiring and Trevor Siemian ascending to the starting quarterback job.

But these Broncos will look strikingly similar Thursday night to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, whose team was toppled in the latest Super Bowl by Denver, 24-10.

After all, despite all the changes on offense, the Broncos have not made wholesale alterations to a defense that was so dominant in that February masterpiece. Defensive tackle Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan no longer play for Denver, but the Broncos have filled...

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