Denver Broncos: Five players that could turn heads at training camp

Denver Broncos LB Justin Strnad #40. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos, Kendall Hinton
Aug 20, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Kendall Hinton (2) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Can Kendall Hinton turn enough heads to earn a roster spot?

Last season was definitely an interesting one for the Denver Broncos, but there was not a story on the team more interesting than Kendall Hinton’s.

With the Broncos’ matchup with the New Orleans Saints in doubt due to COVID-19 protocols that prevented all the team’s quarterbacks from playing, Hinton stepped up in a huge way for the team. A former quarterback at Wake Forest, Hinton was called up from the practice squad where he was playing wide receiver and was named the starter against Taysom Hill and the Saints.

While Hinton and the Broncos took the loss against New Orleans, Hinton made history as the first non-quarterback to play significant snaps at quarterback since Tom Matte of the Baltimore Colts in 1965.

After the game, Hinton reverted back to the practice squad and signed a futures contract with the team this offseason, keeping him around at least for training camp. Now, Hinton is fighting for a roster spot as a wide receiver, but he may surprise some people in camp.

During the team’s rookie minicamp, Hinton was working with both the defensive backs and the wide receivers, showing his athleticism and versatility. He apparently stood out as a wide receiver to those in camp and especially his teammate Jerry Jeudy, who had high praise for the former undrafted free agent.

There has been some noticeable buzz around Hinton potentially making the final roster as a wide receiver after the injury to DaeSean Hamilton and how Hinton could also help on special teams.

If Hinton’s skills are where Jeudy and his teammates say they’re at as a receiver, he might turn enough heads in camp to make that final jump to the opening day roster.