At the beginning of April, Champ Bailey donned the Broncos’ new Nike uniform as the NFL unveiled each club’s new look.
The Pro Bowl cornerback came away impressed.
“From the outside looking in, you might not see a whole lot (of difference),” Bailey said. “But the feel is different. And Nike is top-notch — you can’t get much better than that.”
Nike described the uniform changes below:
The Denver Broncos have chosen to take full innovation in the Nike Elite 51 football uniform. The Broncos design aesthetic will stay true to years past while updating the color-blocking in the neckline in order to accommodate the Flywire technology to reduce weight and provide a lockdown fit over the pads. Designed and engineered from the inside out, the new uniform focuses on creating a system where the baselayer, padding, jersey and pant work in concert. A few of the new innovations include increasing sleeve articulation for better range of motion and integrating new four-way stretch fabrication to provide a streamlined shrink-wrap fit.
As for the new feel Bailey mentioned, he said he believes it will benefit the players on gamedays.
“Only time will tell once we get out there on the field and put them on,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to that part.”
While the material of the jerseys is what the players will notice most, fans will certainly pay attention to the look of the new threads — notably the switch back to orange.
“I think it’s overdue,” Bailey said. “Now we can wear orange cleats and all kind of stuff. It’ll look fresh.”
Replicas of the jerseys are on sale now, and while the players’ actual jerseys aren’t expected to arrive at Dove Valley until closer to training camp, one uniform has arrived — Peyton Manning’s.