Player News - Broncos

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Royce Freeman had six carries for 20 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' second preseason game.

Freeman played in a first-team timeshare with Devontae Booker. He outgained Booker and looked to be the preferred red-zone option, converting a goal-line carry for his second touchdown of the preseason. Freeman isn't going to play much on pass downs, but he has workhorse traits. It won't be surprising if the Broncos give Freeman the start in their third preseason game.
Aug 18 - 11:09 PM

Broncos G/T Menelik Watson (pec) is undergoing an MRI.

A swing reserve, Watson has had worlds of trouble staying healthy in the NFL.
Aug 16 - 1:46 PM

The Fulton County District has dropped charges against Broncos DT Adam Gotsis.

Gotsis was facing serious charges from a 2013 incident at Georgia Tech, but there wasn't enough evidence to move forward. Getting the legal matter resolved is obviously good for Gotsis' standing with the Broncos. Gotsis is still subject to a suspension under the league's personal conduct policy.
Aug 15 - 5:27 PM

NFL suspended Broncos WR Carlos Henderson one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Henderson remains AWOL from the Broncos after not reporting to training camp. He's now been slapped with a drug ban. Henderson was already facing extremely long odds of making an impact in 2018. A third-rounder last year, Henderson is looking like another draft whiff by GM John Elway.
Aug 15 - 3:58 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said during a Tuesday radio appearance that the club might not "stand pat" with the current options behind starter Case Keenum.

"We’ve got to have confidence that that guy that’s going to be the backup can play and win football games," Elway said. "Even though Chad [Kelly] played very well on Saturday night — we’ll see how he does this week — but if something were to happen to Case, can he come in and continue to win football games for us? That’s the big part of the evaluation process and that’s still going on." Kelly was promoted to No. 2 following his performance (14-21-177-2-1) against the Vikings Saturday and will play with the second-string offense against the Bears this upcoming week. It sounds as if the Broncos and Elway have theoretically moved on from Lynch.
Aug 14 - 6:32 PM

Broncos waived/injured WR Corey Brown.

The ex-Panther was signed 18 days ago. Provided it's not a season-ending ailment, Brown figures to be released from injured reserve with a settlement once he's back to full health.
Aug 14 - 5:51 PM

Speaking about Paxton Lynch's demotion to third-string quarterback, Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he's "got to play better."

"Simple as that, it's a competition," Joseph said. "No one's not playing their best players." Utterly dreadful in Saturday's preseason opener, Lynch continued his career-long trend of failing to put good plays on film. Likely a distant third behind new No. 2 Chad Kelly, Lynch's roster spot is in grave danger.
Aug 14 - 2:11 PM

ESPN's Jeff Legwold believes Royce Freeman will be the Broncos' "primary back before too long."

"Now, that might not mean 250 carries," Legwold cautions, "but he's going to get work and already blocks well enough to play on third down and in some of the open formations. And he'll get red zone chances, too." Freeman certainly caught the eye of fantasy players with 38 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener. Already going in the fourth round, it is possible Freeman is being drafted near his ceiling with Devontae Booker likely to steal touches, but that could change if the rookie has more strong outings this preseason.
Source: ESPN
Aug 14 - 12:04 PM

Coach Vance Joseph announced sophomore Chad Kelly is the Broncos' new No. 2 quarterback.

Kelly will be second in the game this week after Case Keenum. Paxton Lynch has been demoted to third string, and Joseph admitted the former first-rounder "has potential, but has to start performing." Lynch has been pretty dreadful ever since entering the league, and Kelly easily leapfrogged him after a single preseason outing over the weekend. Kelly went 14-of-21 for 177 yards, two scores, and a pick against the Vikings' threes. Lynch may no longer be on "scholarship" in Denver and isn't a lock to make the team's final 53-man roster.
Aug 13 - 6:50 PM

Broncos QB Chad Kelly received second-team reps in practice Monday.

It's hardly a shock following Kelly's performance (14-21-177-2-1) against the Vikings Saturday. Paxton Lynch, on the other hand, was abysmal, completing just 6-of-11 passes for 24 yards and an interception against Minnesota's second-team defense. Kelly hadn't received much buzz in camp prior to his preseason performance, but even his untapped/unknown ceiling is higher than Lynch's. If Kelly continues to outplay Lynch, the Broncos may be forced to keep three quarterbacks heading into the season.
Aug 13 - 5:35 PM

Broncos signed S Shamarko Thomas.

Thomas will try to earn a reserve/special teams role after getting cut by the Colts over the weekend.
Aug 13 - 2:55 PM

Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic said it's "pretty clear" the Broncos need to add a veteran backup quarterback.

Lynch was abysmal in Saturday's preseason opener, completing just 6-of-11 passes for 24 yards and an interception against Minnesota's second-team defense. The 24-year-old has shown very little since arriving as a first-rounder in 2016 and is looking more and more like a wasted pick. With only Lynch and 2017 seventh-rounder Chad Kelly behind starter Case Keenum, Denver would be wise to scour the market for a backup signal-caller.
Aug 12 - 11:31 AM

Devontae Booker started the Broncos' preseason opener against the Vikings.

Booker opened with the starters, but split time with Royce Freeman. Denver's offense didn't get anything going on their first two drives, with Booker held to two carries for seven yards. Freeman played the entire first half and had the better night, running for 38 yards and a touchdown. It's a hit to whatever lead Booker had on Freeman for the No. 1 job. The Broncos may look to get Freeman more starter reps next week.
Aug 12 - 6:32 AM

Chad Kelly completed 14-of-21 passes for 177 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in his preseason debut against the Vikings.

Kelly repped with third-teamers in first NFL action after missing his rookie year to wrist and knee injuries. He outplayed a struggling Paxton Lynch, with his highlight coming on a 36-yard touchdown to TE Matt LaCosse. There hadn't been much training camp buzz on Kelly but he's looking like a legit threat to Lynch's backup role. Kelly's debut may have been enough for the Broncos to keep three quarterbacks.
Aug 12 - 1:31 AM

Paxton Lynch completed 6-of-11 passes for 24 yards with an interception in the Broncos' preseason opener.

Lynch faceplanted against what should have been a beatable Vikings second team. He made some bad overthrows to open receivers and looked lost trying to go through progressions. There were training camp rumblings Lynch had regressed from last year and his struggles carried into the first preseason game. With Chad Kelly making noise, it's possible the Broncos move on from Lynch if he doesn't get turned around.
Aug 11 - 11:36 PM


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