Denver Broncos Rookie Report Card, Week 6


Sep 21, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby (29) defends Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) during the game at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Denver 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Through just four games this season, the Denver Broncos’ rookies have made their mark, and it figures to only grow stronger from here. With so many rookies making key contributions already this season, let’s take a look at a progress report and see how these guys are doing through the season’s first quarter.

B+. Roby to this point has been the Broncos’ rookie that has seen the most action, and fitting because he was the team’s top draft choice. Any notion that the Broncos might bring Roby along slowly this season were misguided, as he’s played the most snaps of any backup defensive back on the entire team, nearly 200 more snaps already this year than last year’s third round pick Kayvon Webster. In fact, Roby has been on the field for more snaps than DeMarcus Ware, and just 11 fewer snaps than star pass rusher Von Miller. The Broncos obviously consider him an every-down defender and he’s proven why with some solid coverage and good tackling ability. This is a future star in the making. He’s rough around the edges right now, but this is a shiny young CB prospect and the Broncos are letting him learn on the job. He’s done well.. CB. Denver Broncos. BRADLEY ROBY

I. Latimer has inexplicably not played any offensive snaps this season, and for that reason, he is getting an incomplete grade. The Broncos might be worried about his ability to adjust to the fast-paced offense, but there’s no doubt in my mind his talent should be on the field for a couple of short throws a game to see what he can do after the catch. He’s played only one game, and hopefully he’s active against the Jets so he can get a shot.. WR. Denver Broncos. CODY LATIMER

B+. I don’t know of another undrafted rookie in the league with a bigger opportunity than Juwan Thompson this weekend against the Jets. He scored his first touchdown against the Cardinals last weekend in the Broncos’ explosive fourth quarter offensive outburst, and could have another handful of opportunities Sunday. Thompson is a special teams ace as well as a very good running back with a complete skillset, including the ability to pass protect. This is a guy that I really like, the rest of the fans are eager to see him play, and he could break out on Sunday.. RB. Denver Broncos. JUWAN THOMPSON

WR. Denver Broncos. ISAIAH BURSE. B-. Burse’s grade goes up from a C/C+ grade to a B- after last week’s performance against the Colts. Coming out of the bye, I wanted to see him show some confidence in his returns, and he took a couple for some nice gains against Arizona. The key for Burse has been controlling the ball and not making mistakes, but as a punt returner you always have to take calculated risks. As he gets more comfortable, I think we’ll see some good things out of him.

Denver Broncos. MICHAEL SCHOFIELD. I. Unless there are injury problems, Schofield will remain the Broncos’ emergency tackle and backup guard. They already have Paul Cornick suiting up and playing in some bigger sets, so Schofield is a ways away from seeing the field on any sort of consistent basis.. OT

C+. The Broncos have been giving Barrow some more responsibilities, even if they are ever-so-small, defensively. Not the least of which was the fact that on the first drive of their game against the Cardinals, Barrow was playing with the top unit. He’s seen 19 snaps so far this season on defense and has also made an impact on special teams.. LB. Denver Broncos. LAMIN BARROW

C+. Nelson has been a solid special teams player and has played that role for the Broncos on gamedays. They’ve also given him a couple of looks defensively and against Seattle he pressured Russell Wilson but there was no contain and Wilson scampered for a huge first down gain. I think the Broncos really like Nelson’s potential. He could be the next Wesley Woodyard-type player.. LB. Denver Broncos. COREY NELSON