The Broncos have agreed to terms with two players who tried out at this weekend's rookie minicamp: LB Damien Holmes & DE Lanston Tanyi.— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) May 12, 2013
Damien Holmes is a former UCLA Bruin listed at 6-2 250 lbs. According to the UCLA athletic website. Damien was originally a DE that moved to linebacker in 2012 where he played both inside and outside. As far as his production and accolades during his senior year..
2012 - Saw action in all 14 games and made 11 starts at linebacker ... Served as defensive co-captain ... Finished seventh on the team in tackles (53) ... Ranked fourth on the squad in tackles for loss (10.0) and sacks (5.5) ... Had four stops in the opener at Rice and returned a fumble for a touchdown ... Made four tackles against Nebraska; five vs. Houston ... Recorded seven stops, 5.0 tackles for loss at Colorado ... The 5.0 tackles for loss were the most by a UCLA player since Robert Thomas recorded the same number in a 2001 contest against Ohio State ... Had five tackles each in games against Cal, Utah and Arizona ... Earned the UCLA Captains Award and the N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leadership at the annual team awards banquet ... Selected to play in the NFLPA Collegiate All-Star Bowl Game.
Lanston Tanyi, formerly a CSU Ram DE, is also listed at 6-2 250 lbs per the CSU athletic website. Lanston enrolled at CSU as a graduate student with one year of eligibility left after completing his undergraduate degree at Appalaichian State. He finished his collegiate career with 16.5 sacks.
2012 (senior): Played in all 12 games for the Rams in his only season at CSU, and started 10. Finished the season with 77 tackles, the third-most on the team, and three sacks.Transferred to Colorado State with one year of eligibility remaining after earning his bachelor's degree from Appalachian State in electronic media/broadcasting. He enrolled in graduate school at CSU and was eligibile to play immediately.
Both of these guys with their size and experience at end figure to be in the mix for depth at the rush end/SAM LB spot. With these signings, the Broncos also let go of Colorado LB Doug Rippy.
The club also waived LB Douglas Rippy.— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) May 12, 2013
Rippy figured to be in the mix at Mike backer. Apparently both Holmes and Tanyi impressed enough to earn deals from their tryout invitation and most likely squeezed Rippy out of an initial roster spot. According to Mike Klis, Tanyi was given the tryout invitation after Baylor DE Gary Mason Jr. failed his physical.