The Broncos announced today that they placed DeMarcus Ware (back), and Kayvon Webster (concussion) on injured reserve.
This cleared room on the active roster to add Kyle Peko and Taurean Nixon; both players have spent time on the active roster this year.
The last domino to fall in this string of moves is the announcement of three new players added to the practice squad with the space freed up from Nixon and Peko. The Broncos added offensive lineman Reese Dismukes, defensive lineman Iosia Iosia and wide receiver Hunter Sharp to their practice squad.
Here’s what the Broncos had to say about each player:
Dismukes (6-3, 300 pounds) is a first-year player who competed with Carolina during the 2016 preseason after spending time on practice squads with the Panthers and Steelers as a rookie in 2015. Signed by Pittsburgh as a college free agent from Auburn University, Dismukes started all 50 games played for the Tigers, winning the Rimington Trophy as a senior for the most outstanding center in college football. His last name is pronounced dis-myooks.
Iosia (6-5, 297 pounds) is a rookie who competed with Arizona during the 2016 preseason after being signed by Tennessee as a college free agent from West Texas A&M. He posted 86 tackles (42 solo) and 9.5 sacks in two seasons (21 games) for West Texas A&M after transferring from City College of San Francisco. His full name is pronounced SEE-uh SEE-uh.
Sharp (5-11, 198 pounds) is a rookie who spent the 2016 preseason with Philadelphia after being signed by the Eagles as a college free agent from Utah State University. In two years with the Aggies (25 games), Sharp totaled 137 receptions for 1,774 yards (12.9 avg.) with 16 touchdowns. He began his collegiate career at Antelope Valley Junior College.
The most intriguing player added is Reese Dismukes. There was some buzz at the Senior Bowl last year around the Auburn center and he was a guy the Broncos had their eye on heading into the draft last year.
Reese Dismukes is blocking his ass off. Fires off the ball violently. Keeps hands inside. My #3 C right now but that can change.— Brandon Thorn (@VeteranScout) January 1, 2015
There was some uproar when Dismukes went undrafted in 2015.
“The fact that he wasn’t drafted was upsetting. Reese Dismukes, hands down, is one of the best people I’ve been associated with. He will be a very good player at the next level. What happened, why he didn’t get drafted, I can’t quite connect all those dots?”
That was what former Pro Bowl offensive linemen, LeCharles Bentley had to say after the draft. Bentley trained Dismukes leading up to the draft at his offensive line facility in Arizona.
Dismukes is a bit undersized and lacks the strength you want at the NFL level, which is likely why he went undrafted. His profile sounds very similar to Matt Paradis actually, and he is a great fit in the zone blocking scheme and reportedly is extremely sound in his technique.
We’ll see how this pans out, but Dismukes could potentially see some extra looks in camp next year depending on how quickly Paradis returns from off-season hip surgery.
The Broncos will likely make some more moves today, according to Gary Kubiak, leading up to this Sunday’s final regular season game:
You'll probably see another couple of transactions this afternoon, but I'm not going to go through them because I don't know exactly what they are. I haven't been in to talk with [Executive Vice President of Football Operations/GM] John [Elway] yet. You'll probably see them come across the wire at some point this afternoon."