The flight home from New England for Eddie Royal and the Broncos was a quiet one.
Denver had just been beaten 45-10 by the Patriots in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to conclude its season. That defeat, combined with the late night departure, meant that not many players were talking or celebrating a surprisingly good season. Rather, they were left thinking and dreaming what could have been.
“(It was) probably like you would have imagined it would be -– quiet, not too many people talking,” Royal said. “I think we learned a lot from that game, just what it takes to be an elite team in this league. We know what it takes to match their intensity. It’s something that we’ll learn from and get better from.”
Indeed, the Broncos headed into this offseason hoping to improve and take the next step to be an elite team in the NFL. Royal knows the offense has to put in the work so that they can go into games against teams like New England and Green Bay and match their scoring output.