Broncos news: CB Bryce Callahan ‘ready to go’ physically.
Some of the Denver Broncos’ assistant coaches met with the Denver media on Thursday and delivered some very important Broncos news: Cornerback Bryce Callahan is ‘ready to go’ physically.
This report came from defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, who not only told the media that Callahan is ‘ready to go’ but that he’s also running full speed.
Even with the trade for AJ Bouye this offseason and the drafting of Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia, Callahan is expected to play a significant role in the 2020 season.
The Broncos signed him in the 2019 free agency period and had obviously hoped he could come in and provide a boost to the secondary last year and even be a bridge for players with the Vic Fangio/Ed Donatell defense, but that never happened.
Callahan ended the 2018 season on injured reserve with a broken foot, and after having that foot surgically repaired, he re-injured the foot near the end of Broncos training camp in 2019.
After trying to use different treatments to get him on the field instead of put him on IR again in 2019, the Broncos eventually had to throw in the towel on Callahan’s 2019 season and put him on IR.
He had surgery on his foot again and it sounds like this time around, it went off without a hitch and with no lingering complications.
When healthy, Callahan is a tremendous nickel cornerback. One of the best in the NFL there, in fact.
He broke up 12 passes over his final two seasons with the Chicago Bears and picked off four passes, but he really showed off his versatility in 2018 with six tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, and two sacks to go along with his career-high 42 total tackles.
Callahan’s development in Chicago was overseen in full by Ed Donatell and Vic Fangio, so they know exactly what he brings to the table.
The plan for Callahan in 2019 was to have him start at an outside corner with Chris Harris in the nickel, but those plans could be changed for 2020 with Ojemudia being a much better fit to play outside corner and Callahan obviously fitting in nicely as a nickel.
Many in Broncos Country have not been overly empathetic or sympathetic towards Callahan’s injury situation, which has been odd to watch unfold. It seems as though some assumed he was maybe milking the injury last season or not playing because he got a big pay day in free agency, but that is not the case.
The Broncos would have made sure if Callahan was healthy enough to play that he would have been on the field and Callahan tried a variety of different procedures to get back onto the field last season.
Now running full speed and ready to go for 2020, Callahan is poised to make an impact.