Broncos finalize 10-man practice squad: Analysis of players


The Denver Broncos finalized their 10-man practice squad on Monday after re-signing six players on Sunday after the final round of cuts, and they brought in a couple of familiar faces as well as some new ones.

Here is a list of each player the Broncos signed to their practice squad, as well as a little bit about the player and what he brings to the table.

Zaire Anderson, LB

Anderson had a great camp with the Broncos and made Lamin Barrow and Steven Johnson expendable for the Broncos, who were absolutely loaded at linebacker. He’s undersized, but flies to the football and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He could be another in-season call-up if the Broncos have any injuries at the position.

The UDFA rookie out of Nebraska can also play some special teams.

Kapri Bibbs, RB

Bibbs is a 2nd year player out of Colorado State that really needs no introduction to Broncos fans/Colorado State football fans. One of the most productive running backs in all of college football in 2013, Bibbs was signed to the Broncos’ practice squad last year before a brief stint on the active roster, a workout with the Arizona Cardinals, and then again being placed on the practice squad.

With Montee Ball now gone in Denver, there’s a future for Bibbs. Don’t be surprised if he’s called up during the season.

Dillon Day, C

Day, infamous for stepping on a player while at Mississippi State, came to the Broncos as the highest paid UDFA (in terms of signing bonus) and apparently didn’t disappoint. It was a numbers game at center, but Day and the versatility of fourth round pick Max Garcia made other veterans on the interior offensive line expendable.

He saw limited action in the preseason, but played well, and the coaches like his upside.

Arthur Lynch, TE

When I scouted Lynch prior to the 2014 season, I felt like he had a great chance of breaking out for the Bulldogs. He didn’t put up huge numbers but was drafted in the 5th round by the Miami Dolphins, was cut, signed by the Jets, and is now a member of the Broncos’ practice squad.

Better at this point as a blocker than receiver, Lynch is another player the Broncos have likely had their eye on and felt like he has good potential in this offense, which is really friendly to tight ends.

Danny Mason, EDGE

I’m really intrigued by the inclusion of Danny Mason on the practice squad. According to Pro Football Focus, he played just 20 snaps this preseason but was efficient, notching three hits on the quarterback. The Broncos must have loved what they saw out of Mason in practices, because he was not very visible to the public eye.

The former semi-pro football player who has bounced around from league to league presents some intriguing upside on a team with absolutely insane depth in the pass rush department.

Chuka Ndule, DL

Ndule was disruptive in limited snaps this preseason, logging a sack and four STOPs in 85 defensive snaps over four games. He was productive, and on some other Broncos rosters in recent years, he might have made the final roster. The depth up front is quite good, despite the suspension to Derek Wolfe, and Ndule provides the Broncos with yet another sleeper to develop on the p-squad all year. I really like this move as well.

Taurean Nixon, CB

The only Denver Broncos draft pick to land on the practice squad, Nixon was one of three 7th round draft picks this year and provides excellent athletic upside, but is extremely raw. He played a lot of nickel at Tulane with fellow rookie Lorenzo Doss, who made the 53-man roster. He is an intriguing developmental prospect whose athletic upside cannot be ignored.

Kyle Roberts, OT

An undrafted tackle out of Nevada, fits the athletic profile of what the Broncos are looking for in a tackle. They decided to keep Michael Schofield as the swing tackle, but if he struggles, Roberts could have a chance to take that spot sometime within the next year.

Jordan Taylor, WR

Jordan Taylor was one of the most intriguing players for the Broncos this offseason. The UDFA out of Rice showed an ability to make a lot of big plays in his limited chances, and was a ball magnet at training camp. He had a nice preseason finale and with his size/catch radius, he could easily contend for a roster spot next season.

I really like this move, and so does Gary Kubiak, who spoke incredibly highly of Taylor after the preseason.

George Uko, DL

Uko has spent time with both the Saints and Buccaneers, and offers intriguing upside for the Broncos on the defensive line but he’s a major unknown at this point. Formerly a highly regarded prep player for USC, Uko is someone I would love to know the coaches opinions on. He’ll be getting in great work with Bill Kollar and the crew.

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