Denver Broncos: 5 ways the team can keep on winning in 2020
2. Keep De’Vante Bausby in the top 3 of the CB rotation
The Denver Broncos had a battle for the third cornerback spot all throughout 2020 training camp behind AJ Bouye and Bryce Callahan. That job was seemingly down to three guys: Davontae Harris, Isaac Yiadom, and De’Vante Bausby.
Yiadom was traded away to the New York Giants, and Bausby didn’t even make the initial 53-man roster.
In fact, the Broncos went a different direction completely, giving the number three job to rookie Michael Ojemudia to open the 2020 season.
That was short-lived, as Bouye went down with an injury against the Tennessee Titans and has missed the majority of the first four games this season.
After the Bouye injury, the Broncos brought Bausby up from the practice squad and inserted another rookie — Essang Bassey — into the nickel spot with Bryce Callahan assuming outside corner duties on a full-time basis.
Against the Jets, the Broncos’ coaching staff pulled a struggling Bassey and changed up the lineup, sticking Bausby in as the outside corner with Callahan in the nickel when they went into that alignment.
Frankly, it was a breath of fresh air.
Bausby was clicking and closing in the short passing game as usual, and in relief duty he led the team with three pass breakups. As a matter of fact, that ties his total in 2019 (five games) and is tied for the team lead in 2020.
Not many were surprised by that given how well Bausby played last year when he was healthy.
Until AJ Bouye is back and 100 percent healthy, Bausby should be the third corner who comes in when the Broncos have a three-corner alignment.