Denver Broncos: Kayvon Webster a breakout player?
Is Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster primed for a breakout season in 2016? After gaining some confidence in 2015, he may well be…
While Aqib Talib is out, recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered earlier this offseason, Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster is having perhaps his best training camp yet.
Webster, a former third round pick who is buried behind the best trio of cornerbacks in the NFL, is getting extra reps and more opportunities with Talib out and Chris Harris Jr. getting an off day on Sunday.
It doesn’t always show up in the box score, but Webster’s impact was felt in a big way at the end of last season, including his performance in the playoffs. Webster carved out a really nice role for himself on special teams and proved his value in that regard. He’s now taking on more of a leadership role with that unit this offseason and he’s impressed head coach Gary Kubiak.
“He broke the team down and practiced his tail off. He’s a great example today for the football team. He really has been. He played down the stretch last year in the playoffs. He’s a big player for us. He’s come back really focused on what he’s doing.”
Webster knows his primary role will be on special teams, and in a contract year, expectations for himself are going to be high. He might prefer a starting role elsewhere, but the Broncos could look to expand his role within this defense and get him some more snaps, some more opportunities to show what he can do.
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“I’m sort of like a team player,” Webster said. “It is kind of frustrating not being out there, but there’s other guys out there doing their job and I have a job to do on special teams and I’ll capitalize on that.”
Perhaps this season, Webster can get back on the trajectory he was on prior to a thumb injury in his rookie season that really provided a domino effect on the way to his ‘demotion’ behind Talib, Harris, and Bradley Roby. He’s certainly not a bad player, and when he fully embraced his role last season, he became a major asset for this team after injuries to players like David Bruton and Omar Bolden.
The No Fly Zone is already loaded with talent, but having Webster come in and provide some relief for his teammates could be a really valuable addition for this Broncos team moving forward.