The Denver Broncos claimed first-year offensive lineman Patrick Morris off waivers from the Steelers and placed Derek Wolfe on IR.
The Denver Broncos added a new player to the offensive line, claiming first-year center/guard Patrick Morris off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Morris was signed by the Steelers out of TCU in 2018 as an undrafted free agent, so he obviously has a year of work with former Steelers offensive line coach and current Denver Broncos offensive line coach Mike Munchak.
He also played at TCU with fellow Denver Broncos offensive lineman Austin Schlottmann, and actually got work at center when Schlottmann was dealing with an injury there.
Capable of playing guard and center, the Broncos likely viewed Morris as a replacement for the recently departed Corey Levin, who signed off the Broncos’ practice squad with to the Chicago Bears active roster.
Morris was let go by the Steelers as they brought Maurkice Pouncey back to their active roster.
Morris was a team captain in college, fitting the mold of what the Broncos have been prioritizing in young prospects, and was a one of Bruce Feldman’s top 20 ‘freaks’ athletically in college football back in the 2016 season.
At the time, it was reported that Morris had a 500-pound bench press, 720-pound squat, and a 450-pound hang-clean.
Maybe the Broncos finally have someone who can rival Connor McGovern in the weight room.
The Broncos have a number of young, unproven offensive linemen on the roster who could be long-term projects. In addition to Morris, who was obviously a player Munchak liked in Pittsburgh, the Broncos have essentially stashed offensive tackles Jake Rodgers and Calvin Anderson on the roster all year.
There’s also Morris’ former college teammate Schlottmann, who got some playing time this past weekend when Ron Leary went down with a possible concussion.
There will undoubtedly be some reshuffling on the offensive line this offseason. No one knows whether or not Garett Bolles will be back next year, and the same is true of Ron Leary and Connor McGovern.
Morris could end up being an option at center beyond this season.