The Denver Broncos continued tinkering with the 53-man roster a bit on Sunday as players were waived all across the league, and they’ve announced the addition of offensive lineman James Ferentz (Texans) and Mitchell Henry (Packers).
Ferentz, a former Iowa Hawkeyes center, will replace Gino Gradkowski on the Broncos’ 53-man roster and give the team some additional interior line depth. The son of long-time Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, James comes to Denver well-versed in zone blocking concepts with the ability to play multiple positions.
Henry is an undrafted rookie free agent from the Packers via Western Kentucky, who has a bit of a lighter frame at 6’4″ 252 pounds but is a solid pass catching option. He caught just one in the preseason for Green Bay but the Broncos obviously liked him coming out of college, and took a chance on him now that he’s available.
He wasn’t a home-grown UDFA, but his presence on the 53-man roster means the Broncos have gone 12 straight years with a UDFA on the final roster, even if it wasn’t the ‘initial’ final roster. The streak, however, is over.
Last season at Western Kentucky, Henry set a career high with 32 catches for 489 yards and four touchdowns.
According to this piece, the Broncos liked Henry coming out of college, but he opted for Green Bay after the draft.
The Broncos couldn’t snatch him up after the draft (despite having three 7th round picks to use on him…) but they were able to snatch him off of waivers as the Packers tried to sneak him onto the practice squad. Even with a club for a hand, he made an impression this training camp/preseason in Green Bay. Now, he’s got a chance to make an impact in Denver as the third TE behind Owen Daniels and Virgil Green.
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