Denver Broncos add OL Jeremiah Poutasi to practice squad

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 4: Jeremiah Poutasi
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 4: Jeremiah Poutasi /

The Denver Broncos shuffled around their practice squad a bit, adding offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi, a former high third-round pick…

The Denver Broncos made some roster moves on Tuesday, including placing defensive end Derek Wolfe on injured reserve, and swapping offensive linemen on the practice squad. The Broncos released Gabe Ikard from the practice squad and signed Jeremiah Poutasi there in his place.

Poutasi was a former high draft pick (66th overall) of the Tennessee Titans in 2015, the same draft in which the Titans took Marcus Mariota.

Despite winning a starting job on the Titans’ offensive line out of camp in 2015, Poutasi was not quite ready for the rigors of facing NFL defensive lineman, and was benched in his rookie season.

After training camp in 2016, the Titans waived the former third round pick, a fairly shocking move just one year into his development.

He was added to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad, and later added to their active roster where he stepped into a starting role and was injured 18 plays in.

After being placed on IR with the Jaguars, he was let go and has also spent a bit of time with the Los Angeles Rams.

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The Broncos have obviously done quite a bit of scouting of the Utah program over the past couple of years, and have already brought in Devontae Booker (2016 fourth round pick), Garett Bolles (2017 first round pick), Tim Patrick (practice squad WR), and now Poutasi.

The Broncos are obviously going to hold out some hope that Poutasi can realize the potential that the Titans saw in him when he was drafted. Because of how well the Titans’ offensive line has developed in recent years, it’s a bit surprising Poutasi wasn’t able to play well, especially given his transition in to guard.

Clearly he was over-drafted, and it’s good to know the Broncos aren’t alone there. It’s very hard to find good help on the offensive line these days.

Just seven picks prior to Poutasi being selected by the Titans, the Broncos picked Ty Sambrailo, another tackle/guard prospect that has failed to live up to expectations and draft status.