The Broncos claimed former Texans' Center James Ferentz— Jayson Braddock (@JaysonBraddock) September 6, 2015
Ferentz is a 6'2", 285lb center who is entering his 1st season in the NFL. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans last season.
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior.
Positive: Productive, hard-working college lineman with limited upside for the next level. Smart, tough, and technically sound. Attacks assignments and goes after defenders yet plays within himself. Keeps his feet and hands active throughout the action. Recognizes stunts and blitzes, works well with linemates, and keeps his head on a swivel. Patient and stays square. A solid position blocker who finds ways to seal defenders from the action. Moves relatively well on his feet and is effective blocking in motion.
Negative: Undersized and struggles handling larger opponents. Does not possess great growth potential.
Analysis: Ferentz is a coach E(TM)s son who understands the game and gets the most from his ability. He lacks the size to be anything other than a backup, but his football intelligence and approach to the game could make him an asset on a roster.
Ferentz looks built to play in a zone-blocking system, and now will probably backup starting center Matt Paradis. This signing could spell the end for either backup center Gino Gradkowski and backup guard Shelley Smith.
Broncos claim tight end Mitchell Henry:
According to multiple reports, the Denver Broncos also claimed tight end Mitchell Henry from the Green Bay Packers.
Broncos awarded Mitchell Henry off waivers from Packers— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 6, 2015
Henry is a 6'4", 252lb rookie tight end from Western Kentucky. He signed as a undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers after going undrafted during the 2015 NFL Draft.
STRENGTHS: Tough pass-catcher in space. Doesn't search out safeties or linebackers when working the middle of the field and is willing to take the big hit and finish the catch. Natural hands. Adjusts routes when working seam to open up larger throwing windows for quarterback. Keeps working to open up when plays stall. Good foot quickness out of breaks. Will make the contested catch. Adequate play speed.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks play strength of an inline, NFL tight end. Struggles to sustain his blocks and will get outworked for the edge by stronger opponents. At times, will wait for throws to make it to his body rather than extending and snatching. Routes are raw and need to be sharpened.
DRAFT PROJECTION: Priority free agent
BOTTOM LINE: Not enough sand in his pants to be a reliable blocker at the point of attack, so he might have to transition into more of an H-back role or move tight end. Has the hands and toughness to make contested catches as well as the foot quickness to get open. Worthy priority free agent target.
Look for Henry to provide depth at fullback/H-back, tight end, and play on special teams for the Broncos. I believe he will be a gameday inactive for the Broncos early on.
It will be interesting to see who they move from the roster to make room for Henry. The Broncos do have a surplus of cornerback depth right now.