The Denver Broncos announced they signed nine players to their practice squad, where they are allowed to roster 10. All nine of the players spent the offseason, training camp, and preseason with the Broncos, some having more time with the team than others.
It’s exciting to see these names back with the Broncos, even in this capacity. The Broncos’ roster is incredibly deep, so having this caliber of player on the practice squad is fantastic for the Broncos moving forward. Here are the nine players the Broncos re-signed to their practice squad on Sunday:
LB, Colorado State
Barrett was the practice squad candidate I was most nervous about losing. On tape at CSU, he looked like a fourth round pick. His athletic measurables added up. He was the conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. It didn’t add up to why he went undrafted, and then he had a strong camp and a good preseason, including a really solid finish. Barrett is someone that can develop into a player the Broncos would eventually want on the roster, I think.
RB, Colorado State
Another local favorite, Bibbs had a really good finish to the preseason for the Broncos, some even preferring him to fellow UDFA darling and 53-man roster selection Juwan Thompson. Bibbs was a TD machine in his final year at Colorado State, but is still raw. He showed some excellent quickness in the preseason and had three touchdowns, most of any individual player. I love that he is going to develop within this team and if there’s an injury at RB, I think he could step up and play if the need would arise. He has a confidence and swagger about him that you need to have at the RB position.
A sixth round pick of the Colts a year ago, Boyett came to the Broncos in this same capacity last season, and will begin the year as he ended the last. Boyett has excellent range at the safety position, and is an aggressive hitter. He isn’t strictly a box safety and would probably classify more as a free safety for the Broncos, but he can get upfield in a hurry and make plays on the ball. I’m glad he’ll be developing in Denver again this year.
QB, Miami (OH)
For fear of not clearing waivers, Dysert was kept on the 53-man roster all of last season with the Broncos. His role won’t really change much this year, unless some team poaches him off the Broncos’ roster. He’s a strong-armed, former seventh round pick who is a developmental arm that the Broncos obviously really like. He and Brock Osweiler will continue to grow in the Denver system.
WR, Michigan State
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if Fowler would get a look on the practice squad. He’s a size/weight/speed marvel out of Michigan State who showed an ability to make big plays, but he gator-armed some balls in the preseason for the Broncos. He was making some positive headlines in practices earlier this summer, even getting some reps with the 2nd team. It will be interesting to again see a guy with this kind of raw talent develop within the system.
OL, Virginia Tech
Drafted as a right tackle project, Painter saw all the reps this preseason with the second offensive line unit. It’s encouraging that he’s climbing his way onto the roster somehow, but he’ll spend at least the beginning of the season on the practice squad, where he was most of last season. The 49ers tried to sneak Painter away from Denver, but the Broncos signed him to the active roster to keep him away from their grasp. He might have some potential as a backup swing lineman.
WR, Northern Illinois
The coaches must like what they’ve seen from Palmer in practices, because we didn’t see much on the field in the preseason. Palmer was on the practice squad some of last year for the Broncos, so perhaps they are encouraged by the development he’s showing within their offense. Was signed as a UDFA by the 49ers in 2012, played five games for the Indianapolis Colts and spent time on the Dolphins’ practice squad last year before winding up in Denver.
C, Boise State
Paradis saw little/no time this preseason for the Broncos, but was a sixth round draft pick and will get a shot to compete for a backup job again next year as he grows in the offense. He joins Vinston Painter as a pair of sixth round interior linemen on the Broncos’ practice squad from recent drafts.
WR/TE, Arizona State
What a road it’s been for Robinson, who is obviously showing enough to the Broncos that they’ve kept him around in some way or another since 2012, other than a quick stint with the Cardinals. Robinson has chemistry with fellow ASU alum Brock Osweiler, next in line to be QB in Denver. Robinson might have made the roster this year had he been healthy, but he was injured in the 2nd preseason game at San Francisco. He’s one of the most interesting names on this list.
The Broncos left one spot open on their practice squad for now, something they’ve done in the past. They will likely be looking over the transactions made from around the league to fill a spot, perhaps with another defensive back or defensive lineman. That move wasn’t likely to come Sunday with so many teams making waiver claims and other players getting waived as a result. The Broncos are able to pick over everything that’s left rather than jump the gun on someone and then realize they would rather have someone else.
What do you think of this practice squad? Are you pleased with the names the Broncos chose to keep?