The Denver Broncos are reportedly bringing back Kevin Hogan, a former Chiefs draft pick, to be a backup candidate for Joe Flacco.
The Denver Broncos are reportedly bringing back a potential backup quarterback option by re-signing former Stanford star Kevin Hogan.
The Broncos brought in Hogan last year after Chad Kelly’s unfortunate Halloween party incident that got him cut from the team.
Kelly was the young quarterback the Broncos were developing, and he threw it all away while wearing a Woody costume.
In case you can’t tell, I’m still bitter about it.
In Kelly’s place, the Broncos brought in Hogan, who had some starting experience in his time with Cleveland and showed well in preseason action, specifically in a game against the Broncos.
The former fifth-round pick out of Stanford (taken in 2015 by the Chiefs) was a restricted free agent for the Broncos, but because of the price tag on RFAs going up, Denver decided not to give him a tender, instead re-signing him, likely for the NFL minimum.
This is a good deal both for Hogan and the Broncos.
For Hogan, it’s an opportunity to prove to yet another coaching staff in this league that you can be a valuable backup.
For the Broncos, this is a move for inexpensive and experienced depth at a critical position.
What’s really intriguing about this move — if anything — is the fact that the Broncos are keeping him on despite an entirely new offensive staff as it relates to the quarterback position.
Without overreacting too much to this news, the Broncos’ quarterback coaching group has been overhauled with Rich Scangarello — a former QBs coach — calling the plays offensively. He’s joined by TC McCartney (the Broncos’ new QBs coach) and Rob Calabrese (Offensive quality control/QBs) and I can’t help but think those guys had some significant say in whether or not Hogan returned.
Obviously, this isn’t a major move and won’t prevent the Broncos from taking a QB at some point in the 2019 NFL Draft, but it does give the team three quarterbacks going into OTAs with Joe Flacco, Hogan, and Garrett Grayson.