Broncos need to find a way to get Montrell Washington involved on offense

Denver Broncos, Montrell Washington (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos, Montrell Washington (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos fifth-round pick Montrell Washington could turn out to be an important piece of the team as a rookie. 

When the Broncos drafted Montrell Washington this past spring out of Samford, the initial thought was that he could be a good option as a kick returner for the team but that he was going to be a guy who would be on the roster bubble all summer.

Though the Broncos had a plethora of wide receivers on the roster when training camp got underway, Washington made it clear almost immediately that he was much more than that. By the time the first preseason game rolled around, he had pretty much wrapped up a roster spot.

There is no question that the Broncos have found an excellent option in the return game with Washington, but he is much more than that. This is not Diontae Spencer or Trindon Holliday, players the Broncos held roster spots for simply because of their abilities as a returner who never gave anything on offense.

Washington can do that and he should absolutely get that opportunity.

Montrell Washington is much more than just a kick returner

The Broncos have Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy as the top two guys on the depth chart, but with Tim Patrick out for the season and K.J. Hamler coming off of a torn ACL that cost him most of last season, there is more than enough room for Washington to make an impact.

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Denver Broncos; Samford Bulldogs wide receiver Montrell Washington (4) scores a touchdown against the Florida Gators during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Washington is electric with the ball in his hands. We saw that in the game last year between Samford and the Florida Gators in which he posted 359 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. He even completed a pass in that game. We also saw that this preseason when he scored on an end around.

This is a player the Broncos can utilize in the passing game and Nathaniel Hackett and offensive coordinator Justin Outten can get creative with a gimmick play here and there that could lead to a game-changing scenario.

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Washington is an extraordinary talent who could prove to be one of the steals of this entire draft class. The Broncos need to use him as such.