Get to know Denver Broncos wide receiver Hunter Sharp

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 31: Wide receiver Hunter Sharp
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 31: Wide receiver Hunter Sharp /

Denver Broncos wide receiver Hunter Sharp could play a significant role with injuries piling up at his position. Get to know the young playmaker…

After injuries to Cody Latimer, Emmanuel Sanders, and Isaiah McKenzie piled up on the Denver Broncos in recent weeks, the team could call upon practice squad receiver Hunter Sharp to help out this weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Sharp was added to the Broncos’ practice squad during the 2016 season, and was signed to a reserve/future contract before eventually competing in training camp and the preseason for the Broncos.

When final cuts were made, Sharp was among them, but was added to the Broncos’ practice squad, which is where he’s been the first month-plus of the season.

Here are a couple of reports indicating Sharp’s promotion:

The Denver Broncos haven’t officially announced Sharp to the active roster as of this posting, but John Elway’s comments and Allbright’s report seem official enough.

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Sharp was an interesting player in the offseason, one who caught the eyes of his coaches. Specifically, Sharp made an impression on special teams coordinator Brock Olivo, who called Sharp one of the best punt and kick catchers on the roster.

As a junior at Utah State, Sharp had four receptions of 70 yards or more, the most in college football that season. He has big play ability as a receiver, as well as in the return game.

We’ll likely see Sharp contribute mostly on special teams, but there could be some snaps for him to get involved in the offense as well. The Broncos are probably going to need all the help they can get with only Demaryius Thomas, Jordan Taylor, and Bennie Fowler healthy right now.

And even in the case of guys like Thomas, healthy is relative. Thomas was playing through injury on Sunday night.

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Sharp is 23 years old, and played his college football at Utah State. He’s listed on the Broncos’ roster at 5-foot-11, 198 pounds. He ran a 4.54 second 40-yard dash prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, where he was undrafted initially before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

His cousin is Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, according to his official biography page on