Broncos waive cornerback ahead of clash with Bengals
The Denver Broncos have made a late roster move ahead of a key Week 15 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Broncos activated safety P.J. Locke from the Reserve/Covid-19 list and in a corresponding move, have waived cornerback Essang Bassey. The undrafted Bassey looked like a great find during his rookie season of 2020, but injuries have hampered him in his second year.
Bassey played in 12 games for the team in 2020 and registered 23 tackles and an interception. It appeared he would be a key contributor in the secondary going into this season but just before the regular season kicked off, he was placed on the PUP list.
The Broncos activated him in November but thus far, he has suited up for just one game as the team has turned to the likes of Ronald Darby, Bryce Callahan, Kyle Fuller, Patrick Surtain and even Nate Hairston at the defensive back position.
Locke will give the team a strong weapon on special teams, something that could be a key factor in the final four games of the year.
Bassey a likely candidate to return to Denver
Bassey will have to clear waivers and if he does, he will likely be re-signed by the Broncos and placed on the practice squad. Though his career in Denver could continue, he will have his work cut out for him to be a factor on the 53-man roster again anytime soon.
Locke has played on 77.6 percent of the Broncos’ special teams snaps this season, more than any other player on the team.
The Broncos will host the Bengals in a battle of 7-6 teams on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:05 pm MST and the game will be televised on CBS. Ian Eagle and Charles Davis will have the call.