Yesterday was a big day at Dove Valley, as the 2018 class is now officially in the building. The Broncos’ rookies arrived at the team’s complex yesterday ahead of the 2018 rookie minicamp which begins today and will end Sunday.
But just because minicamp hasn’t officially begun yet doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of activity in the building. Many of the rookies were likely busy with the grand tour, as only Bradley Chubb, Courtland Sutton, Royce Freeman, and Isaac Yiadom had previously been to Dove Valley since being drafted by the team. 70% of the Broncos’ 2018 draft class took the opportunity to sign their contracts with the team. The guys who have put pen to paper include:
- 2nd round WR Courtland Sutton
- 4th round LB Josey Jewell
- 4th round WR DaeSean Hamilton
- 5th round TE Troy Fumagalli
- 6th round G Sam Jones
- 6th round LB Keishawn Bierria
- 7th round RB David Williams
The three draft picks who remain unsigned for the moment include:
- 1st round OLB Bradley Chubb
- 3rd round RB Royce Freeman
- 3rd round CB Isaac Yiadom
The ten draft picks weren’t the only new faces in the building, however. Eight undrafted free agents also reported for rookie minicamp. But there were also a few guys in the group who already know their way around, as nine first year players will also participate in the rookie minicamp. The members of both groups include:
- UDFA RB Phillip Lindsay
- UDFA DB Trey Marshall
- UDFA WR John Diarse
- UDFA OLB Jeff Holland
- UDFA OT Leon Johnson
- UDFA OG Austin Schlottmann
- UDFA NT Lowell Lotulelei
- UDFA WR Jimmy Williams
- 1YP QB Chad Kelly
- 1YP WR River Cracraft
- 1YP DB Jordan Moore
- 1YP LS Christian Kuntz
- 1YP LB Marcus Rush
- 1YP OT Andreas Knappe
- 1YP TE Jake Butt
- 1YP WR Tim Patrick
- 1YP DT Paul Boyette
In total, twenty seven young Broncos will participate in the rookie minicamp.
In years past the minicamp included a good bit of physical practice & conditioning elements, but the Broncos are among several teams that have moved toward a more orientation-style, classroom focused minicamp. The focus on mental preparation over physical effort at this stage is partially in order to help get the young guns started learning their new jobs & playbook, and partially in response to injuries such as the one sustained by TE Jeff Heuerman in the 2015 rookie minicamp.
In order to practice tomorrow, the newest group of Broncos will need jerseys. And with jerseys come numbers. After a week or two of expectation, with only Bradley Chubb’s 55 already revealed, we finally have a full list of numbers for the 2018 rookie class:
- OLB Bradley Chubb – 55
- WR Courtland Sutton – 14
- RB Royce Freeman – 37
- CB Isaac Yiadom – 41
- LB Josey Jewell – 47
- WR DaeSean Hamilton – 17
- TE Troy Fumagalli – 84
- OL Sam Jones – 70
- LB Keishawn Bierria – 40
- RB David Williams – 36
- RB Phillip Lindsay – 2
- DB Trey Marshall – 3
- WR John Diarse – 9
- OLB Jeff Holland – 46
- OT Leon Johnson – 63
- OG Austin Schlottmann – 71
- NT Lowell Lotulelei – 78
- WR Jimmy Williams – 85
It’s just three days, and maybe a total of two hours of work on the field, but at least it’s a smidgen of NFL action here to break up the monotony of the offseason.
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