Denver Broncos, again, have an UDFA on initial roster

Denver Broncos, Jalen Virgil - Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos, Jalen Virgil - Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos have added yet another undrafted free agent player to their initial 53-man roster streak. The team announced their cutdown to get to the 53-man roster limit on Tuesday, and one player who made it at the wide receiver position stood out.

The streak? The Broncos have an undrafted free agent on their initial 53-man roster for the 18th time in the last 19 years. That’s Jalen Virgil, who the team signed as a college free agent out of Appalachian State following the 2022 NFL Draft.

Virgil played a total of 40 snaps against the Minnesota Vikings, including 30 offensive snaps and 10 snaps on special teams.

Against the Dallas Cowboys, Virgil caught three passes for 83 yards. Against the Buffalo Bills, he had two receptions for 39 yards. Against Minnesota, he had four for 58 yards. In the team’s blowout loss to the Bills, Virgil returned two kickoffs for a total of 60 yards. In comparison, fellow rookie Montrell Washington had two for 55 in the same game.

That’s some pretty solid production right there.

I don’t mean to put pressure on the kid, but maybe—just maybe—he could live up to or close to the same type of player Rod Smith was for the team back in the day. Smith was another undrafted free agent player who made the team, back in the 90’s.

I fully expect this offense to show tremendous burst throughout the entire year with the speed that they are adding to this year’s roster.

Denver Broncos cut Kendall Hinton

Among the moves the team made to get down to 53 players, “Hall of Fame” player Kendall Hinton was let go, although he could find his way onto the practice squad.

As others have pointed out, and if you’ve been paying attention, Hinton does have a nice story to his name, entering a game against the New Orleans Saints as the team’s starting quarterback because of COVID-related issues.

Hinton even has his wristband from the game on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

These initial moves are just the beginning. It certainly is possible that, if Hinton makes it onto the practice squad, he can be called up if need be. His story isn’t over.