Broncos DL Adam Gotsis could be ready for camp
Denver Broncos rookie defensive lineman Adam Gotsis, who has been recovering from a knee injury in college, is expected to be ready for training camp…
When will the Denver Broncos get a look at rookie defensive lineman Adam Gotsis? It might be sooner than any of us think.
Gotsis has been rehabbing and strengthening his injured knee, an injury that perhaps pushed him even further under the radar than he already was. The Broncos took him in the second round after defensive line coach Bill Kollar apparently pleaded with the front office to give him the opportunity to work with him.
There were reports at the time of the draft that Gotsis was going to be a mid-third round selection, at which point the Broncos would have missed out on him completely. Upon further review, the highest drafted Australian-born player ever appears to be one of the more intriguing picks of the draft.
Draft analysts Todd McShay (ESPN) and Daniel Jeremiah (NFL Network) compared Gotsis to both Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe, so Broncos fans were much more at ease.
Knowing the type of fit he is for the defense and what the coaching staff already thinks of him, it’s going to be a big day when we get to see him in pads in some actual competition. Gary Kubiak said at OTAs that he should be ready for training camp…
“I think he’s very close and ready to go. He’s probably one of those guys that when we go back to work it will be a pattern to how we work him. He should be ready to go.”
When Gotsis is healthy and ready to roll, the Broncos’ defensive line rotation is going to be really fun to watch unfold. They signed Jared Crick this offseason with the expectation that he would probably be a starter but Gotsis could very well be the guy who steps in opening day if he has a big camp and preseason.
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Vance Walker will have something to say about all of this as well, as he was one of the league’s top run-stuffing 3-4 ends last season while splitting snaps with Malik Jackson.
Though the Broncos don’t appear to have anyone right now that is going to come in and be as disruptive as Jackson right from the first horn of training camp, there is certainly hope and reason to be optimistic that Gotsis can eventually be that. For now, he’s got to make the most of the opportunities he gets with the ferocious pass rushers around him, winning one-on-one battles and making his presence felt.
It sounds like we might get a chance to see that sooner rather than later.