Player News - Broncos

Date: Team: Pos:

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he expects the team to use 2-3 "main" backs.

This quote actually came from last month's minicamp, but it's worth revisiting with training camp a week away. Rather than anoint a true workhorse, it sounds like the Broncos will divvy up the running back chores among third-round rookie Royce Freeman and third-year back Devontae Booker. This will be a difficult backfield for fantasy owners to navigate, though perhaps training camp will bring some clarity to the situation.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 19 - 1:03 PM

Broncos signed third-round RB Royce Freeman to a four-year contract.

Selected 71st overall in April, Freeman is expected to get every opportunity to win the lead-back gig this summer. He'll compete with Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson for carries. It's a battle to watch closely.
Jul 5 - 7:46 PM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Royce Freeman "absolutely" can win the lead job.

A third-round pick, Freeman is competing with Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson for work. The most likely outcome is a committee, but Joseph is leaving open the possibility of Freeman winning a featured role. If he does, he will have a good chance to pay off his fifth-round ADP.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 10:33 AM

Broncos rookie TE Troy Fumagalli (thigh) expects to be ready for training camp.

Fumagalli didn't practice this spring after sports hernia surgery. He should be cleared for the start of camp, where he'll compete in a wide-open tight end depth chart. Fumagalli has some pass-catching upside but is unlikely to have an early season role.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 23 - 10:04 AM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph expects WR Jordan Taylor (hip surgery) to open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Taylor sat out the entire offseason recovering from surgery to both hips. The missed time has his roster spot in danger after rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton made waves at OTAs. It sounds like Taylor should avoid the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 9:49 AM

Broncos signed first-round OLB Bradley Chubb to a four-year contract.

As with all first-round picks, the deal includes a fifth-year option. With Shane Ray once again dealing with a wrist injury, the Broncos need Chubb to immediately contribute opposite Von Miller. The rookie has the skill set to do just that.
Jun 21 - 12:21 PM

The Broncos moved OT Menelik Watson to guard during spring practices.

Watson is simply trying to hold onto his roster spot, as he's no longer the team's preferred option at right tackle after the Broncos traded for Jared Veldheer. GM John Elway gave injury-prone Watson $5.5 million guaranteed last year only for him to miss nine games. Watson is competing with former Dolphins and Bills busts Billy Turner and Cyrus Kouandjio for a job on the offensive line.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 9:56 AM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he is "very excited" with sophomore TE Jake Butt's progress.

Butt missed his entire rookie season recovering from a torn ACL, but he was fully healthy for the offseason program. "He works so hard and he’s obviously a playmaker [when] you watch him catch the football," Joseph said. "He’s going to be a great addition to our offense." In a weak tight end group, Butt will get every chance to earn the starting job. He could surprise in fantasy.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 14 - 12:58 PM

Demaryius Thomas (toe) is sitting out minicamp.

Thomas may be dealing with turf toe, so this is worth tracking. He's expected to be fine for training camp.
Jun 13 - 5:15 PM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph suggested at minicamp that 2017 third-round pick Carlos Henderson isn't a lock to make the team.

The 82nd overall pick in last year's draft, Henderson missed his entire rookie season with a finger injury, then got arrested in January for DUI-marijuana. Henderson is missing minicamp with a hamstring injury. "He’s got to get back on the field if he wants to make this team," said Joseph. Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton, and DaeSean Hamilton are all roster locks. Even if Henderson makes the team, his role will be murky.
Jun 13 - 2:49 PM

Broncos RG Ronald Leary (back) is expected to miss minicamp.

Leary is still recovering from the back injury that ended his 2017. He avoided offseason surgery, but the Broncos are moving him slowly. Leary should be ready for training camp.
Jun 13 - 10:23 AM

Broncos RT Jared Veldheer (ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Veldheer hasn't practiced since getting traded back in April. Injuries have played a large role in Veldheer's decline the last two seasons. The Broncos are hoping he can rebound in a new scheme.
Jun 13 - 10:19 AM

Broncos OLB Shane Ray (wrist) will undergo "bone fusion" surgery on Thursday.

Doctors are apparently "optimistic" this will be Ray's final wrist operation. It's his fourth since last year. Ray is holding out hope he will be ready for Week 1, but we would consider it far from a given. The Broncos turned down Ray's fifth-year team option for 2019 earlier this offseason. They aren't counting on major contributions this year.
Jun 12 - 2:52 PM

Broncos restructured DT Clinton McDonald's contract.

McDonald just signed a two-year deal in March, but that contract required him to pass a physical before June 11 to guarantee his salary. Recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, McDonald apparently missed the mark. His new deal pays him $3 million less, but he can earn back the money through weekly roster bonuses.
Jun 12 - 11:40 AM

The Denver Post expects the Broncos' 2018 backfield to "feature a heavy dose of Devontae Booker."

The Broncos drafted Royce Freeman at No. 71 overall, but he's not being gift wrapped starting duties. Longtime beat reporter Mike Klis of 9 News Denver also suggested previously Booker would enter training camp as the starter. The Denver Post says No. 2 back duties behind Booker are "yet to be determined." Booker usually lasts until the double-digit rounds in early fantasy drafts.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 11 - 4:59 PM


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