The Denver Broncos had some important players hit injured reserve this past season. Don’t forget about them as we head into the offseason.
The Denver Broncos ended the 2018 season on a sour note, but things are looking up with a new coaching staff hired and plenty of assets heading into another very important offseason.
As the team evaluates their current roster and players under contract for next season, it’s important to remember the players the Broncos currently have coming off of season-ending injuries from last year, players who could wind up making a significant impact on the team in 2019.
Let’s take a look at a few guys who have been out for so long, you may have forgotten about them, starting with a guy who was supposed to be an important piece on the defense last year…
Jamal Carter, Safety
Carter suffered an unfortunate season-ending hamstring injury in the preseason for the Broncos but was seemingly well on his way to significant snaps on defense.
Carter was the Broncos’ top undrafted free agent pickup in 2017, playing the majority of his snaps on special teams and weaving his way into the defense throughout the season.
He appeared poised for a box safety role before the hamstring injury that derailed his season.
Carter should once again profile as a special teams ace for the Broncos with a chance to get involved in a defense that is changing identities under Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell. Perhaps Carter will get some work as a linebacker in this new defense.
Over the course of the 2018 season, Carter was one of the Broncos’ biggest cheerleaders on Twitter and showed his excitement when the team hired Fangio as their new head coach.
The Broncos need some players who can come up and play in the box with the size and physicality of Carter. If he can become a more well-rounded player in coverage he could quickly develop into a starter for this team as a strong safety.