5 Denver Broncos players with stock up after Dallas Cowboys practice

Denver Broncos - Nik Bonitto - Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Which Denver Broncos players saw their stock rise after the team’s joint practice with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday? We look at a handful of candidates.

The Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys came together for a joint practice on Thursday before their first preseason game on Saturday night (7 PM MT in Denver). Which players ended up having the best practice for the Denver Broncos?

Who saw their stock rise ahead of this first preseason matchup of the 2022 season?

It was a fast, physical practice that even involved some punches being thrown (does that ever not happen at a joint practice in the NFL?) from Broncos defensive lineman Marquiss Spencer.

Overall though, we want to know which Denver Broncos players stood out and which players saw their stock go up after this practice. Let’s take a look at a few names.

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Denver Broncos, Nik Bonitto – Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos stock up no. 1: Nik Bonitto, EDGE

This practice was truly a coming-out party for Nik Bonitto, who racked up four sacks against the Dallas Cowboys offensive line.

And he didn’t just do this against the Cowboys’ backup offensive line. He had a pair of sacks against the Cowboys’ starters and a pair against their second unit.

How could you not be excited about what we’ve been hearing from the Denver Broncos pass rushers and defensive line all throughout training camp? It’s not like it’s been a bad camp for Bonitto and he is just now having a great practice, either. Bonitto has had a good camp, but his performance has been overshadowed to this point by Baron Browning.

Bonitto brings such big-time speed off the edge and there’s no question at this point — the Denver Broncos have to find a way to get him on the field. How much are we going to see him play in the preseason? At least for the first game or two, I think we’ll get to see a decent bit of Bonitto out there.

By the time week three rolls around, don’t be shocked if he starts getting treated like a starter. The Broncos will want to get him plenty of reps in the preseason but he’s going to have a role in the regular season and after what we saw against the Dallas Cowboys, maybe a bigger role than anticipated.