Denver Broncos: DeQuinton Osborne added to defensive line
The Denver Broncos continue to make tweaks to the roster, signing undrafted rookie DeQuinton Osborne to the roster, waiving Paul Boyette…
The Denver Broncos continued making tweaks to the roster on Wednesday, signing undrafted rookie free agent defensive lineman DeQuinton Osborne to the 90-man roster and waiving Paul Boyette.
Boyette had signed a reserve/future contract with the team in January and was competing likely for a practice squad spot.
The Broncos also officially announced they had claimed wide receiver DeAndrew White off of waivers via Twitter:
What are the Broncos getting in Osborne?
This is actually a pretty interesting pickup, and my ears always perk up when the Broncos bring in a new defensive lineman.
First and foremost because every defensive lineman has seemingly found success with Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar.
Kollar has been one of the best defensive line coaches in the game for a long time. In his time with the Broncos, he’s also been able to work with a wide variety of players in terms of their measurables.
He’s coached guys who are mountains of men like Derek Wolfe and Adam Gotsis, both about 6-foot-6, 300-plus pounds, and then he’s got guys who are built like boom boxes like Kyle Peko and now DeQuinton Osborne.
If these players produce at a high level, their size isn’t going to matter much.
The Broncos are so deep on the defensive line right now, Osborne is going to have to show out in preseason play to prove he is worthy of a practice squad spot.
The Dallas Cowboys seemed to give up on him pretty quickly, cutting him before his first training camp was over.
After transferring from Baylor, Osborne became a heck of an interior pass rusher for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, racking up 9.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss in just two seasons.
You can check out some of his highlights here.
With guys who are 6-feet tall and 300 pounds like Osborne, you take the good with the bad.
When he’s good, he’s playing with leverage and great core strength and quickness, bursting through the line of scrimmage and essentially proving himself to be unblockable because the offensive linemen he’s facing can’t match up with his body type and combination of speed and upper body strength.
He’s also got some pretty soft hands for a big man.
As Broncos fans know with Kyle Peko, when offensive linemen do get their hands on the smaller nose tackle types, they can be washed out of the play. Osborne’s job is going to be making sure he eliminates those plays as often as possible.
Oklahoma State fans were clamoring for this kid to get drafted at some point and when he went undrafted and signed with the Dallas Cowboys, Twitter was definitely buzzing, talking about this being one of the best UDFA pickups any team had made.
Osborne was once a JUCO All-American and his mother has an incredible story of perseverance and courage you have got to read.
Hopefully, he can find that momentum he had as an All-Big 12 selection this past season and find a way to get on the Broncos’ practice squad.