Player News - Broncos

Date: Team: Pos:

Broncos ILB Brandon Marshall is recovering from surgery to his right index finger.

Marshall has been limited in OTAs, but it shouldn't be an issue for much longer. A 2012 fifth-rounder who was cut by the Jaguars, Marshall has emerged as one of the league's best inside linebackers. Headed into his age-27 season, Marshall will be an unrestricted free agent next spring.
May 26 - 3:04 PM

Broncos fourth-round RB Devontae Booker (knee) is close to fully healthy.

Booker was expected to miss OTAs, but has been doing most of the drills with the other running backs. His status was never a major concern. The Broncos expect Booker to push C.J. Anderson for an early-season role.
May 25 - 6:42 PM

Broncos signed second-round DT Adam Gotsis to a four-year contract.

His signing bonus is worth $1.064 million. Gotsis is lean and lanky at 6'5/287 and will probably be deposited as a way for the Broncos to replace Malik Jackson, who had the ability to move all across the defensive line.
May 25 - 3:31 PM

Broncos LT Russell Okung (shoulder surgery) isn't participating in OTAs.

Okung is expected to be ready for training camp, but he has more to lose than the average injured player. Okung's $5 million salary is only guaranteed if he's on the roster for Week 1. That means he has to be healthy. The odds are extremely low that Okung is let go, but will skyrocket if his shoulder doesn't heal as planned.
Source: NBC Denver
May 24 - 6:47 PM

Broncos TE Virgil Green is recovering from finger surgery, and is expected to miss "most" of OTAs.

It's extra bad news for Green, as padless practices in shorts and t-shirts is always when he shines the most. The perennial puff piece All Star should be ready well in advance of training camp. He won't make a fantasy impact in 2016.
May 24 - 2:36 PM

With Mark Sanchez (thumb surgery) not expected to participate in OTAs, Paxton Lynch will see expanded first-team reps.

"Just watching him, I think he'll catch up pretty quick," said coach Gary Kubiak after rookie minicamp. The 26th overall pick in the draft, Lynch stands 6-foot-7, 244 and has dual-threat mobility, which will mesh well in Kubiak's bootleg-centric offense. Sanchez is a short-term placeholder at best. If Lynch practices and plays well in the preseason, he should be given a serious look to start in Week 1 against the Panthers.
May 23 - 6:10 PM

Mark Sanchez (thumb surgery) is not expected to participate at Broncos OTAs.

He'll be fine by training camp, but this is an opportunity for first-round pick Paxton Lynch to work with Denver's first-team offense. 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian will also get reps with the ones. Sanchez is penciled in very lightly as the Broncos' Week 1 starter. If Lynch performs capably in camp and the preseason, however, we'd expect the Broncos to roll with him.
May 23 - 4:56 PM

Broncos fourth-round RB Devontae Booker wants to start as a rookie.

"I’m not here to carry pads. I’m here to take someone’s job," Booker said. C.J. Anderson’s contract makes him the likely Week 1 starter, but the Broncos expect Booker to push for snaps. Booker will miss next week’s OTAs recovering from his 2015 torn meniscus. His training camp status shouldn’t be in doubt.
May 20 - 6:31 PM

Broncos fourth-round RB Devontae Booker (knee) won't participate in next week's OTAs.

He's still recovering from a torn meniscus he suffered late in his senior season at Utah. Booker hasn't been cleared for drills yet but he's gotten some mental reps under his belt by participating in team walkthroughs. As long as he doesn't miss too much time, Booker should have a chance to contribute in Denver right away.
May 20 - 3:32 PM

Mark Sanchez (thumb) hopes to participate in OTAs next week.

Sanchez underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left (non-throwing) thumb over the weekend. He will not be 100 percent recovered when OTAs open on Tuesday, but he could be healthy enough to participate in the light offseason practices. Sanchez should be fully healthy well before training camp.
Source: Denver Post
May 18 - 4:35 PM

The Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe said the Broncos' tight end job is an open competition.

GM John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak have made it pretty clear they expect sophomore TE Jeff Heuerman to step into the starting job, but it is possible he falters after missing his entire rookie year with a torn ACL. Perennial offseason-hype star Virgil Green could earn a bigger role, and Garrett Graham will be involved in the competition as well. It is unlikely anyone in the trio develops into a consistent fantasy contributor this year.
Source: Denver Post
May 17 - 11:56 AM

Broncos signed fifth-round OG Connor McGovern to a four-year contract.

McGovern's short arms (32 7/8") likely have him pegged for guard in the big leagues, but he has extensive experience at tackle. He could see some time on the right side. McGovern plays with a nasty disposition, and has functional strength to spare.
May 16 - 3:18 PM

Mark Sanchez is recovering from left (non-throwing) thumb surgery, and is expected to miss next week's OTAs sessions.

Sanchez tore a ligament last Thursday "during weight room work." We'd guess Sanchez could be sidelined through next month's minicamp, but he should be ready to roll well before training camp. Sanchez can still get mental reps in his new offense, which is the most important thing this time of year.
Source: NBC Denver
May 16 - 3:07 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos are expecting more from TE Virgil Green this season.

It is deja vu all over again. A veteran of the offseason puff piece, Green has managed just 35 career catches in 72 appearances. Despite the sorry state of the tight end depth chart, it is unlikely Green suddenly turns into an offensive force. Sophomore Jeff Heuerman is the best bet to emerge as a fantasy viable tight end in Denver, but he is no better than a late-round flier.
May 16 - 12:48 PM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold expects 2016 to be a "watch-and-learn season" for first-round QB Paxton Lynch.

Lynch is a raw prospect who could use some seasoning, but Broncos GM John Elway has already said he should be ready to start "quicker" than most people think. Considering Mark Sanchez and his 3.7-percent career interception rate currently sits atop the depth chart, Denver might have no choice but to start Lynch early in his career.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 11:22 AM


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