This means quarterback Paxton Lynch, defensive end Adam Gotsis, safety Justin Simmons, running back Devontae Booker, offensive lineman Connor McGovern, fullback Andy Janovich, safety Will Parks, Punter Riley Dixon, and the Broncos 21 undrafted free agents will be getting a head start on the Broncos veterans.
Broncos', Patriots', Raiders' and Eagles' rookies all report to training camp today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2016
The Broncos rookies will have a few practices to get a head start on the action before the veterans report on the 27th, and Training Camp officially begins on July 28th.
Here's the Broncos full Training Camp schedule(dates and times subject to change).
|7/28||Thursday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|7/29||Friday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|7/30||Saturday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|7/31||Sunday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/1||Monday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/3||Wednesday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/4||Thursday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/5||Friday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/6||Saturday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/8||Monday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/9||Tuesday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/13||Saturday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/15||Monday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/16||Tuesday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
|8/17||Wednesday||9:30 am to 12 pm|
*Wednesday, August 17th will be a joint practice with the San Fransisco 49ers
Rookie storylines to watch during camp
Paxton Lynch's development:
All eyes will be on Paxton Lynch these next few weeks. He is oozing with talent, but will he show enough to push for the starting job? Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway said earlier this offseason that 'We think Lynch is going to be ready quicker than a lot of people think.'
He has a lot of work to do but I'm anxious to see what he can do this summer with the Broncos
Adam Gotsis's health:
Gotsis suffered a torn ACL in late October and had surgery in early November to repair that injury and has spent the entire offseason rehabbing that injury. Now we are at the 8-month mark in his rehab so he should be close to 100%.
What will be telling is if the Broncos place him on the PUP or not. If not, he has a real shot at contributing this season. If so? Well, we might not see Gotsis doing much for the Broncos for a bit this season.
The Broncos addressed their backfield during the 2016 NFL Draft. They selected Devontae Booker who they rated the 2nd rated back in the entire draft in the fourth round and selected fullback Andy Janovich in the sixth round.
Booker figures to push C.J. Anderson for carries or even a starting job this summer and Janovich will be pushing for a starting job at the fullback position. Janovich's only competition appears to be running back/fullback Juwan Thompson
Can the McGovenator win a starting job?:
Probably my favorite non-Paxton Lynch pick is guard Connor McGovern.
He played left tackle in college, but he is a guard in the NFL. Honestly, I think McGovern will be a 10+ year starter at guard and will just be a mauler at guard. He is strong as they come and has solid movement skills for a man of his size. He's going to open up running lanes for the Broncos ball carriers.
Thre Broncos figure to have Ty Sambrailo and Max Garcia at your starting guard spots, but I think McGovern can push for one of those jobs. Especially if Sambrailo ends up starting at right tackle.
Safeties Justin Simmons and Will Parks:
There are a lot of positive stories out there on Justin Simmons and Will Parks, but both will need to prove it on the practice field this summer. A slow start could help a veteran like Shiloh Keo out and put the two rookies behind the veterans.
Ideally, I think we'll see Simmons playing the David Bruton Jr. type role on defense this year. The third safety who will cover backs and tight ends and maybe play some center field for the Broncos in some spots.
As for Parks, I think he'll be special teams mostly his rookie year, but could see some snaps on defense depending how he looks.
Either way, it all starts now for the two rookies who figure to be in the Broncos long term plans.
The punter competition:
Not the sexiest competition, but might be one of the more important roster battles to watch. The Broncos spent a 7th round pick on Riley Dixon and he will compete with veteran Britton Colquitt.
Dixon is the much cheaper option, so I think if he shows enough this summer the job is his to lose.
The Broncos always seem to have a UDFA rise up and end up being a contributor to the team. Last year none of the UDFA's made the team, but they did get wide receiver Jordan Taylor who could end up on the roster this season.
Who will that guy be this year? Someone always surprises. The odds are that at least one UDFA will make the team because of the long-snapping battle. Outside of that, who knows? That's the exciting part about camp. We might have the next Chris Harris Jr. in this group and we don't know it yet.