Put it in sharpie. For the 15th out of the last 16 years, an undrafted rookie will make the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos’ fourth preseason game on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Rams will look like, well, a fourth preseason game.
The San Francisco 49ers’ defense punched the Denver Broncos’ offense in the mouth in the team’s first joint practice session on Friday. On Saturday, in round two, the Broncos returned the blow.
Vic Fangio let the tides settle in Thursday’s practice by taking the pads off and having a shorter practice before the waves will start crashing on Friday with the 49ers.
The Broncos have a rich history of undrafted rookies making the final 53-man roster. So rich, in fact, that at least one undrafted rookie has made Denver’s roster in 14 of the past 15 years.
Joe Flacco, Ja’Wuan James and Kareem Jackson all made their debut in Orange & Blue. But it wasn’t the top-dollar acquisitions that flashed in the Seattle sky, nor was it their fault the team fell 14 to 22 to the Seahawks.
The Broncos' pass rush may very well be getting even better, thanks to two unsuspecting rookies that have quickly grabbed the attention of the people that make Denver’s defense so lethal.
While most of Denver’s starters were held out of the game, there was plenty to be learned from the team’s extra preseason game. And there were plenty of positives.
On Thursday morning, the Broncos not only kicked off their training camp but kicked off training camp across the NFL as they prepare for the Hall of Fame game a mere two weeks away.
With a special group of edge rushers and cornerbacks, the Denver Broncos already have the making for a potentially elite pass defense. The missing piece is increased depth among both units, which is why we went back to the tape to analyze some of the most intriguing contributors on the second unit and beyond.
Von Miller didn’t make practice enjoyable for his offensive tackle teammates, or quarterbacks for that matter, as he practically lived deep in the pocket all day long.