Aug 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Juwan Thompson (40) runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Texans defeated the Broncos 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos are making roster moves, and one situation that is always monitored closely by Broncos fans is what undrafted player will make the roster each year? Last year, C.J. Anderson extended the Broncos’ streak of an undrafted rookie making the opening day roster to extend the streak over a decade.
This year, another running back in Juwan Thompson out of Duke has earned his way onto the roster. Thompson had a whale of a preseason and training camp, proving his value as a runner and special teams player. Perhaps most importantly, Thompson’s ability in pass protection gives the Broncos insurance if they ever needed him to provide some emergency availability.
With Thompson a lock for the roster after Kapri Bibbs was let go (hopefully to wind up on the practice squad), the attention now turns directly to wide receiver/punt returner Isaiah Burse, a specialist who was given the highest signing bonus of any UDFA this year.
Coming out of Fresno State, Burse didn’t have a great 40-time but he has excellent short-area quickness and can make people miss in the open field. After an up-and-down training camp and preseason, Burse capped it off with a really solid performance against Dallas.
It appears as though Burse will make the team as of right now, but we will keep you posted as the day progresses and moves become official.