Denver Broncos sign “The Belly” Quinn Meinerz to rookie deal

Denver Broncos rookie Quinn Meinerz. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos rookie Quinn Meinerz. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos agreed to terms with one of two third-round selections, Quinn Meinerz, an interior offensive lineman from Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Internet sensation and football bully on the field, Meinerz is officially a member of the Denver Broncos. The Broncos rookie and the team finally agreed to a four-year deal just before training camp. Meinerz was not a division 1 product, but the product itself of what scouts saw on the field is why he’s a solid football player who could be a lengthy pro in this league.

The deal was first reported by Mike Klis of 9News in Denver.

Meinerz has plenty of athleticism and upside to his game. The offensive line as a whole is better than where it was years ago, but an addition solidifying the interior of the line helps keep the team flexible for something in the future. Graham Glasgow is getting up there and potentially could be moved after this year.

Also, Lloyd Cushenberry struggled mid-season to where Meinerz can come and compete for a starting job right away. Some are even speculating he could take the job from Cushenberry.

There’s an incredible amount of strength with Meinerz and the running game could be extra improved with him in that lineup. Meinerz is a tremendous player in that he can be used to pull block due to his athleticism. With that athleticism, there’s enough to be taught that will help in his pass protection.

If Meinerz does become the starting center it will be due to an intellectual side of the football helping block formations and what he sees pre-snap from the defensive line. A good depiction of Meinerz breaking offensive line tape can be found in the conversation between him and Geoff Schwartz.

In there, Meinerz recaps different assignments he had and defined where his gaps were on a whiteboard. It was a beautiful display potentially of who the Denver Broncos are getting not just on the field, but in the film room as well.

There’s a fun side to Meinerz where he really embraces the offensive lineman life-blood. The belly. Back in the glory days of football, you saw players let their bellies breathe. Meinerz has lived by this in games and practice. It’s a part of who he is now. Now, the “Belly” is officially part of the Denver Broncos for hopefully the first of many contracts in Denver.

Welcome to Denver Quinn Meinerz.