Denver Broncos elevate RB LeVante Bellamy, CB Kevin Toliver II
The Denver Broncos will add depth tto heir running back and cornerback positions for Sunday.
Injuries and inexperience have caused the Denver Broncos to elevate two players from the practice squad for this Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Those players are running back LeVante Bellamy and cornerback Kevin Toliver.
They fill the voids left by Phillip Lindsay (toe) and Davontae Harris (hamstring).
Bellamy, a running back from Western Michigan, provides speed that will be missed due to Phillip Lindsay missing the game with turf toe. This will be the second time that Bellamy has been called up. In his first game as a call-up, Bellamy played 14 snaps, all coming on special teams. Melvin Gordon carried the ball the majority of the time with 19 carries.
Royce Freeman was the only other running back to touch the ball.
Toliver was recently signed by the Broncos. He spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears, including his rookie year in Vic Fangio’s system when he was the Bears’ defensive coordinator.
He will fill in for Davontae Harris, who hadn’t practiced all week and was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
The Broncos are going to need all the help they can get at these positions especially. The Buccaneers have some solid defensive players that include former Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett, former Lion Ndamukong Suh, and linebacker Devin White. Denver could call draw plays to try and keep these defenders on their toes.
As for Tampa Bay’s receivers, they’ve got some good ones in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Denver’s cornerback group is still a young one and they need more time to get on the same page. The fact that they are still without A.J. Bouye due to a shoulder injury that placed him on injured reserve is very frustrating. He will be a huge help once he returns.
Toliver has appeared in 27 games, defending four passes, and making 29 tackles, including 25 solo.
Denver has elected not to call up outside linebacker Derrek Tuszka for the third time. Once they call him up, they would have to place him on waivers, risking him to another team. They looked elsewhere for positional help this week.