The Broncos’ morning practice brought news that newly signed running back Theo Riddick will miss some time with an injury.
More tough news: Broncos RB Theo Riddick suffered slight fracture in shoulder during preseason game Thursday at Seattle, per sources. Out 6-8 weeks.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 11, 2019
Good news: No surgery. Should return after 2-4 regular season games.
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The timing is unfortunate as the Broncos have only had Riddick in camp about a week. Last Thursday’s game against the Seahawks gave a glimpse as to Rich Scangarello’s plan for the veteran running back.
Although the throw is a little off causing the incompletion, love what Scangarello is already doing with Theo Riddick.— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) August 10, 2019
Assume you'll get m2m on 4th & 2, split TR out LB who gives cushion because of his speed.
Clear it out with Sutton, and bring Riddick underneath. *chef kiss* pic.twitter.com/qLXtBBZvoH
Purely speculative here, but one of the things that’s going to be a bit of a challenge is how the Broncos will have to build the roster around an injured Riddkick and Andy Janovich. Coach Fangio admitted as much after practice Sunday, but added that every team goes through it.
Luckily Devontae Booker remains on the roster, so presumably he’d step back in as the third running back behind Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. There were rumors that he could be traded when it became clear Riddick would sign with the Broncos. David Williams, Devontae Jackson, and Khalfani Muhammad could also fight their way into consideration, but both rookies missed critical blocks last Thursday.
Undrafted rookie George “Juggerneck” Aston will probably step into Jano’s void. It sounds like Fangio and the coaching staff have certainly noticed the undrafted free agent.
There aren’t many fullbacks out there these days in college or pro football, so there’s not an abundance of them. I think he’s had a nice catch and run after the catch the other night. He’s got a chance.”