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Broncos 2019 Roster Review: Defensive lineman Billy Winn

The veteran defender is hoping he can help Denver “Winn from now on.”

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Billy Winn was a solid contributor for the Broncos under Wade Phillips and Gary Kubiak in 2016. He spent the first few years of his career in Cleveland, then Indianapolis before coming to Denver to provide depth along the defensive line.

Billy Winn Profile

Experience: 6 years | Height: 6-4 | Age: 30

Weight: 300 lbs | College: Boise State | Number: #90

Winn was brought onto the 90-man roster in 2016 for defensive line depth after Phil Taylor was placed on injured reserved. He made it out of camp and onto the 53-man roster and saw rotational action in every game in 2016, logging 30 percent of the total possible defensive snaps.

In 2017, Winn was having a good camp and looked to be on his way to making the roster again when he tore his ACL in a preseason game, landing him on IR for the rest of the season.

Winn spent 2018 rehabbing his injury, and Denver brought him back to again compete for a roster spot.


Quote from 2016 when asked about how the season was going:

It’s going great. Do I have a lot of stats? No. But I’m playing team defense and I love being a part of this team. It’s not about making all the plays. I could be somewhere else in Week 8 or next year, you never know. But it’s all about living in the moment and accepting your responsibility. You have to accelerate at your job and make the plays that come to you.

Billy Winn’s roster status with the Broncos

The Broncos are pretty stacked on the defensive line with Shelby Harris, Wolfe, and Gotsis looking to take the three starting down linemen spots in base fronts, with Zach Kerr, Demarcus Walker, and Dre’Mont Jones bringing up the second team, but Winn is a veteran guy with experience and has been a solid rotational guy when healthy.

In Chicago, Fangio carried 6-7 defensive linemen on the 53-man roster over the last three years, so there could potentially one more defensive lineman spot up for grabs for Winn depending on how everything shakes out.

The fact that Denver decided to bring him back after his injury and rehab shows they see some value in him. I think he has a decent chance of making the roster if he is able to stay healthy.