It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report is in the midst of our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown. Last year went fairly well, but continuing today and through August 27th, we'll break down every player on the Denver Broncos roster.
Name: Bennie Fowler
Height: 6'1" Weight: 212
Age: 25 Experience: 2nd
College: Michigan State
Bennie Fowler was signed as an undrafted free agent in May of 2014. After getting waived and signed to the practice squad, he spent a year with the team developing his craft until the 2015 season where he played in all regular season games for the Denver Broncos.
His biggest claim to fame so far is catching the final pass of Peyton Manning on a 2pt conversion play in Super Bowl 50. I don't know if the kid knows just how blessed he is to have been there and done that, but he sure did seem humble about it, giving the ball to Manning in short order.
Fowler is a taller receiver who reminds me a lot of Demaryius Thomas minus the 5th gear that Thomas seems to have. The kid runs consistent routes and has a big catch radius. He also does a really good job using his body to shield his catches. If this guy can keep growing, he can be the kind of receiver like an Anquan Boldin.
He seems to be a very quick study which bodes well for his career. One of the most telling things to me about Fowler is that in 2015 when he was giving his few chances here or there to be on the field, Peyton Manning trusted him and threw him the ball in key situations. That 2 pt conversion was a very big deal from a scoring statistical perspective. By making it, Carolina needed 2 TDs and 2 extra points to tie.
How good does he look when someone other than Peyton is throwing him the ball? Manning is a very accurate passer and normally kept his ball placement in easy positions for his WRs to catch. Fowler won't have the luxury of that this year. Will he be able to still ball out when he as to lean and reach?
The big weakness with Fowler like I eluded to earlier is his top-end speed. He doesn't appear to me to have the separation speed needed for the longer parts of the route tree. It will be imperative for his NFL career that he learn the craft of precise route running, jukes, and smooth breaks to truly shine moving forward.
Nothing is handed to you in the NFL when you are a young undrafted guy based off of what you did in one year. You have to build a body of work before you get that kind of cred.
That being said, I really like Fowler's game. I think he absolutely is a solid NFL backup WR with upside. He may get jumped by Jordan Taylor this year, but he has the kind of skill to make the roster. Look for him to be our #4 or #5 WR this year.