Denver Broncos: Is Derrek Tuszka a lock to make the team now?
Recent injuries at inside linebacker could pave the way for Denver Broncos pass rusher Derrek Tuszka making the roster in 2020.
The Denver Broncos have a pretty great linebacking group with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. But what about 2020 draft pick Derrek Tuszka?
There have not been a ton of tweets about Tuszka throughout training camp, but he does appear to be doing pretty well. The recent injuries at linebacker appear to potentially be forcing the Broncos to switch things up.
Todd Davis is going to miss some time with a calf injury, but there is another injury to the inside linebacker position that has been confirmed to be much worse.
After news broke that rookie inside linebacker Justin Strnad would likely miss the entire 2020 season, rumors started floating around that Justin Hollins, an outside ‘backer, would move inside to fill that hole left by Strnad.
Derrek Tuszka’s time to shine
That means, despite Hollins potentially being able to be the backup at multiple positions, Derrek Tuszka may have an even better shot at making the roster at outside linebacker.
There have been mixed thoughts on whether or not Tuszka would make the team right away. Some say that he would be a great rotational player, but that will depend, obviously, on how he has done in his transition from playing on the defensive line to outside linebacker.
It is also worth noting that even though the Broncos have been playing Tuszka at outside linebacker, he played primarily on the defensive line in college at North Dakota State. We could see him do the same thing at certain times in the NFL, and that could ultimately give him an advantage while trying to make the team.
Nobody wants to see a player—especially a teammate—get hurt, but at the end of the day, Strnad’s loss could be Tuszka’s gain.