The wide receiver position has been talked about as much as any for the Denver Broncos this offseason.
As the slow march to the start of the 2020 NFL season continues, the Denver Broncos will have an interesting outlook at the wide receiver position in training camp.
There are a few locks to make the roster, including Courtland Sutton and draft picks Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler. If you figure that both Tim Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton will likely make the roster, there could be one spot left for a player who shines in camp.
Competing for that one spot could be six different players, but after the team cut ties with both Kelvin McKnight and Zimari Manning this week, the odds for each of those guys got a little bit better.
Juwann Winfree was selected in the sixth round of last year’s draft and showed some flashes during the preseason. The team did invest a draft pick in him at a time when he likely could have been signed as an undrafted free agent, so the organization saw something in him. Whether or not it still sees that is questionable, but you would have to consider Winfree one of the favorites if the team does keep six receivers.
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Tyrie Cleveland was chosen in the seventh round of the most recent draft and could easily leapfrog Winfree in the pecking order. Though he didn’t compile massive stats in college at Florida, the size for the position and the athletic ability is evident.
Fred Brown made the team’s practice squad last season and was promoted to the active roster. He was able to get some action on the field during the regular season and that experience could help him this year.
Diontae Spencer spent the entire season on the roster last year as the team’s return specialist. If he keeps that role this year, he will be the sixth man but it will be interesting to see if the Broncos hand those duties over to Hamler or another player.
Trinity Benson flashed in camp last year but will be a longshot to beat out the names ahead of him. The same can be said for undrafted free agent Kendall Hinton.
The opportunity will be there for each of these players. It will be interesting to keep tabs on reports out of camp to see if any of these guys can step out of the shadows and onto the 53-man roster.