Denver Broncos: A first look at new RB Adrian Killins

The Denver Broncos had some players leave the building on Tuesday, but one new player joined the roster as well.

Like every other team in the league, the Broncos had to trim their roster to 85 players on Tuesday. With LeVante Bellamy being one of the names on that list, a spot opened up at the running back position and Adrian Killins was signed to the roster.

Bellamy was injured in the team’s preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings, disappointing for him as he had an outside chance to crack the roster. With the injury already suffered by Mike Boone, the team needed more depth.

Killins is a name that many may have never heard, but the Broncos nearly signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. He played his college ball at Central Florida and was with the Philadelphia Eagles last season, spending most of his time on the practice squad but he did see some regular-season action.

Killins was waived by Philadelphia last week.

In Denver, Killins will likely be given the role that Bellamy had, looking to make an impact as a quick, shifty back who can also help in the passing game. If he were able to return kicks, which Bellamy was starting to get the chance to do, he could make something happen.

Killins had over 3,300 scrimmage yards and 33 touchdowns in his days at Central Florida but his small stature (5-foot-8) was always likely to lead him down the undrafted path. However, he does possess blazing speed.

Will Adrian Killins make the 53-man roster?

He is not going to be a guy you can ask to carry the ball 10 times per game. But as a converted wide receiver, he could be somewhat of a gadget player who could contribute as a return man.

Those kinds of players (think of Tavon Austin) are starting to run thin in today’s NFL. With each roster spot being so precious, teams don’t like to waste those spots on guys who only see the field a handful of times.

Because of that, Killins will face long odds to make the team, but he could certainly provide for some fun during the preseason and maybe make enough of an impression to earn a spot on the practice squad.