Denver Broncos add intriguing rookie running back to the roster
The Denver Broncos have added an intriguing rookie running back to the roster, signing former Colorado high school star Max Borghi.
The Denver Broncos are dealing with their first two major injuries of training camp after losing wide receiver Tim Patrick and running back Damarea Crockett to season-ending knee injuries.
Although the current plan seems to be to promote from within to replace Tim Patrick, the Broncos brought back a somewhat familiar face to replace Crockett.
That face is none other than former Colorado high school football star Max Borghi, who had a tryout with the Broncos earlier this offseason.
Now, according to Mike Klis, he’s a member of the 90-man roster.
At 5-foot-9, 210 pounds, Borghi is an intriguing potential fit in the wide zone offense after having his most substantial success at the collegiate level playing in Mike Leach’s air raid type of offense.
Borghi was much more effective running outside the tackles at Washington State than he was running between the tackles and he’s a very good receiver out of the backfield.
He might not be in the top 10 percent of athletes at the running back position, but he’s got solid overall athletic ability and really nice short-area burst (1.53 in his 10-yard split along with a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash).
What can Max Borghi bring to the Denver Broncos?
With Damarea Crockett out and now entering a lengthy recovery process, Borghi provides the team with an extra dart to throw in the preseason.
The trio of Javonte Williams, Melvin Gordon, and Mike Boone is probably pretty safe as far as the 53-man roster goes, but Borghi has a chance to go out and make a quick impression.
The Broncos are in the thick of training camp and the pads are coming on for what is likely to be Borghi’s first real practice with the team.
He’s got three-down abilities and with his pass-catching prowess, he has a chance to really make an impression on the coaching staff now that the pads are on.
The Broncos weren’t impressed enough to sign Borghi after his initial tryout with the team, but they were impressed enough that he was the first guy they called when an injury popped up at the position.
As an undrafted rookie, Borghi brings some decent upside and he will be worth watching as you can expect a healthy dose of Mike Boone, Tyreik McAllister, and now Borghi throughout the team’s three preseason games.
The Broncos hosted a variety of players on a tryout basis and Borghi had to earn this contract with the team. This wasn’t just a matter of the team calling him up after prior experience.
He had to have the best workout among a handful of backs that came in to try out.
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Now, he’s going to get a pretty great opportunity with perhaps limited roster spots but a ton of preseason carries available.