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2016 Denver Broncos preseason schedule features former coach John Fox, 'Hard Knocks'

The NFL released the preseason schedule on Thursday. Dates and times haven’t been announced, but here’s a first look at the opponents for the Denver Broncos:

Week 1 (Aug. 11-15) at Chicago Bears

Comment: Former Broncos coach John Fox enters his second season with the Bears and former Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan, who started Super Bowl 50 for the Broncos and was signed by the Bears in free agency, will almost certainly start in the Chicago defense. Quarterback Brock Osweiler led the Broncos to a win last November in Chicago in what was his first career start.

Week 2 (Aug. 18-22) vs. San Francisco 49ers

Comment: The storyline for this game will either be the trade that was -- or wasn’t -- for current 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Broncos have exchanged offers with the 49ers for Kaepernick and John Elway and Gary Kubiak met with Kaepernick in recent weeks as well. And, oh by the way, the game will be the home debut -- perhaps -- of the quarterback who wins the still-open starting job for the Broncos.

Week 3 (Aug. 25-28) vs. Los Angeles Rams

Comment: As is traditionally the case, this will be the game in which the Broncos' starters are expected to play the most. The relocated Rams will likely give Broncos fans at least a glimpse of running back Todd Gurley in this one. And given the Rams are the team that will be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,’’ there is always the chance one or more Broncos get a little prime-time cable airtime.

Week 4 (Sept. 1) at Arizona Cardinals

Comment: In what will almost certainly be a game the two teams’ starters simply watch – the Broncos sat over 20 players in last year’s preseason finale – the guys hoping to make one final impression will have a go at it. For the Broncos, it could well be a quarterback they select in this month’s draft who gets his most playing time of the preseason in this one.