Denver Broncos: Five players that could turn heads at training camp
Justin Strnad is looking to finally show what he’s got to offer
The inside linebacker position has been the topic of discussions among media and fans for what seems like an eternity for the Broncos. With the evolution of the tight end position in the NFL, coverage has become more of a necessity for linebackers than ever before.
The Broncos have a good, underrated tandem in Alexander Johnson and Josey Jewell, but coverage isn’t necessarily either of those guys’ forte. The team invested a draft pick in Wake Forest linebacker Justin Strnad last year in the hopes that he could be “that guy” for the Broncos’ defense.
Unfortunately, an injury in training camp forced Strnad to sit out for the entire 2020 season. Now, Strnad is going to have an uphill battle after sitting out for a season. The Broncos drafted Ohio State linebacker Baron Browning in this year’s draft and Browning’s versatility and athleticism make him an ideal rotational backer behind Jewell and Johnson. So, how can Strnad prove that he belongs and turn heads this camp?
Strnad’s biggest opportunity to shine comes when training camp begins. With Browning currently on the PUP list due to his own injury, Strnad will be able to show what he can do. He’s a linebacker with great size and speed as well, also possessing a high football IQ. With his time on the sidelines, he can show that he’s truly learned the defensive scheme.
If he showcases his traits and stays healthy through the camp, there’s a big chance he turns some heads. Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell would likely feel better about their depth at the position heading into the season with a healthy and effective rotation of linebackers that includes Strnad.