It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report continues our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown.
If you have been paying attention to the way-too-early roster predictions that have been going around the last few weeks, you have probably noticed that the backup offensive line player predictions are all over the place. Sam Brenner was signed last fall by the Broncos for depth, and that would likely also be his role this year if he makes the team.
Name: Sam Brenner
Height: 6'2" Weight: 310
Age: 26 Experience: 4
Brenner was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 2013. He got the majority of his game time experience in his first season when he was called up from the practice squad to help a Dolphins offensive line that was in ruins due to multiple injuries and the Richie Incognito bullying scandal. In 2013 Brenner started four games and played in seven. Brenner spent 2014 back on the Dolphins practice squad and played in three games in 2015 for the Dolphins. Brenner was repeatedly bounced from the active roster to the practice squad during his time in Miami and the Broncos scooped him up on the waiver wire during one of these transactions last fall.
Brenner has been around for four seasons. Clearly the Dolphins and now the Broncos see something in him. Previous scouting reports of Brenner describe him as a tough, smart interior offensive lineman. In addition to being depth at center Brenner could be used as an option at guard.
Brenner didn't see any playing time at all with the Broncos last season. With an almost completely restructured offensive line Brenner might be on the outside looking in if James Ferentz and Dillion Day look like better options as center depth.
Gary Kubiak from 2016 OTA's on potential guard candidates:
Brenner will work in there, obviously. He’s definitely working in there. We just have a lot of good competition going. I think we have three or four guys that can play center or guard, so that’s something we battled with last year. Remember, we suited up eight guys the majority of the year. We’d like to get away from that."
This could really go either way for Brenner.