Good morning, Broncos Country.
The Denver Broncos know who their top two cornerbacks will be when the open up the regular season at home against the Seattle Seahawks on September 9th. Savvy veteran and All-Pro Chris Harris Jr. and the ascending fifth-year Bradley Roby are the stalwarts of the No Fly Zone, but this year’s training camp features a handful of young players vying for the opportunity to be the next in line to keep the franchise’s pass defense soaring high.
With free agent acquisition Tramaine Brock sidelined with a hamstring injury, as well as second-year defensive back Marcus Rios missing some time, 2018 third round pick Isaac Yiadom has had the opportunity to see increased snaps and looks in the Broncos’ base defense. If that continues, the rookie from Boston College may have the upper hand toward earning the team’s third cornerback spot. It’s early on, but his competitive play has caught the eye of the Roby, who had high praise for him.
“The rookie, Isaac, “Ike”, “Little Julio” is what I call him, he’s playing great. He’s picking up all the coverages. He’s doing a good job competing. He’s forcing a lot of incompletions. He surprised me because he’s another guy that I didn’t know that much about,” stated Roby. “He’s a good young guy, good character. He’s going to work hard, so the future is bright for all of us,” he went on to add.
Roby hasn’t been the only person within the organization who has taken notice to Yiadom. Head Coach Vance Joseph also had good things to say about his progress to date.
“Isaac is making plays. He’s getting better and better each day we practice. He’s long so he can play press coverage and he can play the nine ball. That’s huge for corners.”
The Broncos coaching staff got to know Yiadom well due to coaching him at the Senior Bowl and had a first-hand opportunity to assess his talent and skil set. Known for his physicality and coverage skills, he was expected to be a reserve corner and special teams player in his first season with the team. But Yiadom now has the opportunity to earn a much larger role with the franchise, but knows he has a lot of work to do to earn the coveted third cornerback spot moving forward.
“I’ve just got to keep day-in and day-out, keep studying with my coaches and studying with guys like [CB] Chris [Harris Jr.] and [CB Bradley] Roby, just learning from them and getting better at what I do,” stated the promising rookie. “I’m just trying to get in my playbook and know what I’ve got to do so I can execute fast.”
Be sure to stay tuned to Mile High Report for continued coverage of the Broncos’ 2018 training camp — and as always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.
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