- Per the Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala, Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders says he’s “definitely not going to be full-go from the jump” when training camp Wednesday.
- Sanders adds the plan is to be worked in gradually: “I want to be ready for Week 1.”
- According to Mike Klis, the Broncos informed the relevant people they would not give second-round QB Drew Lock, picked one spot behind OL Dalton Risner, more money than the rookie offensive lineman.
- Soon after Klis’ report about a potential holdout for Denver’s two second-round picks, talks resumed again between Risner’s agent and the Broncos contract. Risner’s agent said: “It’s fair to say Dalton wanted to be at camp at the beginning with his teammates.” (Klis)
- Risner received a $75,000 workout bonus in 2021 and a $100,000 workout bonus in 2022, one of only two second-round picks to receive that. (Klis)
The Broncos were originally slated to pick 10th in April’s draft before trading down with the Steelers to the No. 20 slot. Had the trade not gone through, Denver had already written LB Devin Bush‘s name on the card as their selection. Pittsburgh ended up taking Bush with that pick, which was a relief for current Broncos LB Todd Davis.
“I was definitely glued in,” Davis said via KUSA’s Mike Klis. “The talk of the town was linebacker at 10, so I was definitely glued to my TV. They didn’t pick a linebacker at 10. I felt like, ‘OK, that shows a little trust in me and it shows I have to prove everybody right.’ That is the biggest thing for me. If somebody goes out on a limb and makes a decision on my behalf, it’s my decision to make sure they made the right one.”
- Broncos TE Jake Butt said he won’t start training camp on the PUP, but will also be eased into action. (Ryan O’Halloran)
- Mike Klis of 9 News says CB Isaac Yiadom is the favorite for the No. 3 corner job despite missing spring practices with a shoulder injury.
- Per Klis, Will Parks and Jamal Carter will battle for the No. 3 safety position, which could see extended time if Kareem Jackson, currently penciled in at safety, moves to corner.
- Klis isn’t sure if S Su’a Cravens is a fit in Vic Fangio‘s defense, as the new head coach has said Cravens needs to make the roster as a pure safety, not a dime linebacker.
- Klis mentions the Broncos could only keep four corners given Jackson’s versatility, with De’Vante Bausby and UDFA Alijah Holder battling for that last spot.
- KUSA’s Mike Klis says the Broncos are committed to DT Shelby Harris, who re-signed as a restricted free agent this offseason, as their starting nose tackle: “I feel like this year will be a good year for me. This defense really, I feel like, does me well. I’m just excited to go out there and make plays in this defense.”
- According to Klis, Broncos DE Derek Wolfe likely needs a special season to be brought back at his average $9.18 million per year salary.
- Meanwhile, Klis believes DE Adam Gotsis could re-sign with the Broncos following the end of his rookie deal in 2019 for around $7-$10 million per year if he continues his rate of improvement.
- Klis notes Broncos DE DeMarcus Walker has increased his weight to almost 300 pounds after shedding to as low as 250 his rookie season.
- Klis mentions veteran DE Billy Winn has a shot to earn a roster spot if he can bounce back from a torn ACL that’s kept him out of commission the past two years.
- The Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala, via Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko, says if the Broncos start the season something like 2-7 because of their tough schedule, she could see the team starting second-round QB Drew Lock after the team’s bye in their Week 11 game at the Vikings.