Denver Broncos sign two players following tryouts
The Denver Broncos held tryouts for a number of players recently, and two of those players have been signed to the roster.
Quarterback Case Cookus out of Northern Arizona and defensive end Pita Taumoepenu out of Utah will get a chance to add their abilities to the team during training camp.
As mentioned by Cody Roark, Taumoepenu is capable of playing as an edge rusher or a defensive end. If he impresses enough in camp, he could potentially knock a player off the roster, such as Derrek Tuszka — a seventh-round pick from last year.
Cookus played five seasons at Northwestern and threw for over 12,000 yards on 891 completions (1,430 attemps; 62.3 percent) in the span of 41 career games in five years. In 2016, Cookus played in four games. In 2018, he played in just two.
The Broncos now have four quarterbacks on the roster. Along with Cookus, the team has Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater, and Brett Rypien.
At this point, this move just feels like something that will end up being nothing. However, will Cookus do enough to make it onto the team’s practice squad by the end of camp?
The Broncos’ quarterback position has been talked about endlessly this offseason from Lock and Bridgewater to Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers. We still may end up seeing more moves at that position, including one major one (Rodgers).
Taumoepenu was a sixth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers back in 2017 and has spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, and Atlanta Falcons since then. He has appeared in just seven games in the NFL, including four with the 49ers.
For his career, Taumoepenu has five combined tackles and no sacks.
It is clear that there is something there with Taumoepenu in terms of his capabilities. Take this video for instance.
Sunday was the final day of a 3-day rookie minicamp for the Broncos.
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Organized Team Activities take place on the following dates for the Broncos: May 24-25, 27; June 1-2, 4, 7-8, 10-11. Mandatory Minicamp is from June 15-17. The dates for training camp have not been announced.