Broncos promote Michael Hunter, protecting him from going elsewhere

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The Denver Broncos promoted Michael Hunter to their active roster, placing Shane Ray on IR. Hunter was being pursued by other teams…

The Denver Broncos have done a great job this season of identifying unheralded prospects or castoffs from other teams that fit their system and develop very quickly.

One example of that is cornerback Michael Hunter, who had been developing with the New York Giants prior to coming to the Denver Broncos’ practice squad just a couple of weeks ago. Hunter was being pursued by a number of other teams outside of Denver, so the Broncos took action.

With Shane Ray heading to injured reserve after another procedure on his wrist, the Broncos promoted Hunter to their active roster.

Hunter has exceptional speed and length at the cornerback position, and when Eli Apple was injured in the offseason, he took first-team reps with the New York Giants’ defense.

Things didn’t go exactly as the Giants or Hunter had planned, obviously, but whatever set of circumstances and passes through the waiver systems led him to Denver.

The Broncos must have been eyeing him for some time, and finally got a chance to bring him in.

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After watching him in practice, clearly they have a player with some potential here, and they didn’t want that player getting away.

We profiled Hunter when he initially signed on to the Broncos’ practice squad.

Denver’s injured reserve list continues to grow, but their practice squad has diminished now to just six players. Hunter was added to the active roster, along with Dillon Day being signed to the Green Bay Packers’ active roster.

The Broncos also promoted safety Dymonte Thomas ahead of their game against the Indianapolis Colts, and released Tyrique Jarrett from the practice squad (more on that soon).

Denver’s roster includes so many former practice squad players, guys who were on either their own or another team’s practice squad this year. That’s both a sign that the roster is not overly healthy at this point, and that the team is doing a good job of bringing in guys that can actually play.