Per the Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala, Broncos DC Ed Donatell said the team was excited to add veteran DT Jurrell Casey in a trade from the Titans: “He’s been a great interior player, but he adds to the pass rush and that’s important to us.”
Donatell mentioned Broncos CB A.J. Bouye as another key veteran acquired via trade from the Jaguars: “He brings size and length. A very instinctive player, has been very productive over the years, and he’s really fit in well with our group.” (Jhabvala)
After missing most of 2019 with a torn ACL, Donatell expects Broncos LB Bradley Chubb to pick up where he left off as a rookie: “He’s just a solid, consistent person in all areas of his life. … He’s going to be a great Bronco for a long time. … We’ve seen him running on tape and he’s full-speed.” (Jhabvala)
Broncos OC Pat Shurmur says the team plans to use both RBs Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay: “They’ve both been very productive in this league and we intend to use both of them.” (Mike Klis)
Shurmur explained some of the thought process behind adding Gordon despite Lindsay coming off consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his first two years: “I’m all for adding good players at every position. I think [Lindsay] is an outstanding player we can hand the ball to or throw the ball to. … I really do think you need more than one running back.” (Jhabvala)
Shurmer noted Broncos QB Drew Lock‘s record down the stretch in his five starts was what really impressed the team: “One of the really good things that happened last year was he was able to play the last five games and you judge a quarterback by their ability to win games and to go 4-1, that was a really good start.” (Ryan O’Halloran)
The Broncos and Shurmur have also been impressed so far with third-round C Lloyd Cushenberry: “He’s very smart, he’s very intuitive. You can see why he plays center, because they handle a lot mentally up front. He’s really impressed us with how smart he is and his football awareness.” (Jhabvala)
He adds the Raiders plan for first-round WR Henry Ruggs III to play the “Z” receiver and that Ruggs is expected to be fully recovered from a moving accident by the time training camp starts.
Moving forward, Caplan notes the Raiders believe third-round WR Bryan Edwards could become their starting “X” receiver as soon as next year. Las Vegas saw Edwards as a first-round talent who fell because of a foot injury.
While Edwards likely will be buried behind WR Tyrell Williams as a rookie in 2020, Caplan points out Williams has no guaranteed money remaining on his deal beyond this season.