With the acquisition of cornerback AJ Bouyé, offensive lineman Graham Glasgow and now interior pass rusher Jurrell Casey, the Broncos have filled several big holes and have a little more breathing room as they look to sign a few more veteran free agents before turning all attention on the draft.
Bouyé, paired with a healthy Bryce Callahan, should go a long way in shoring up the Broncos’ woes at secondary. If John Elway can add another corner such as Prince Amukamara in the coming days, that will be a very strong position group going into the 2020 season.
“I know I can hold my own out there, so I’m definitely not worried about that,” Bouyé said earlier this week about where he’ll line up. “I’m a physical corner. You know I’ll come up and tackle. I’m always good in the run game. I feel like what makes me my best is just my instincts. I study the game. I study all the time. It’s just a lot of concepts that fascinate me. I know I can make plays in the right situations. That’s one thing I feel like, especially on the outside, I can do.”
Glasgow will fill an immediate need as the experienced offensive lineman - who recently played center but is likely to start at right guard for the Broncos - instantly upgrades perhaps the weakest position group for the Broncos in recent seasons.
And Wednesday’s late announcement of a trade for Casey had most of Broncos Country swooning over the interior d-lineman who has 51 sacks and eight forced fumbles over his nine-year career and is one of just 10 current players to go seven consecutive seasons with at least five sacks.
Perhaps of even more interest to Broncos fans, Casey was one of the few last year able to sack the highly elusive Patrick Mahomes. And he did it while being double teamed no less.
That’s something a competitive 6-foot-1, 305-pound lineman can do.
“The only person who can beat you is yourself. That is the mindset I always take going into a game, understanding that whoever you match up with they have to play at your level. They have to be able to stop you. You’re not trying to stop them,” Casey said, adding that he may not win 100 percent of his battles, but he’ll be in the fight every time. “I say when we’re in the battle, they’re getting a hell of a fight. That’s what it all comes down to. It’s not that hard. It’s just the tenacity to go out there and get it done.”
Jess, Tim and I talked on today’s episode of Something Something Broncos that our team just got a whole lot better in the last three days.
If Elway can secure another good veteran corner, I’ll feel very confident heading into April’s Draft that the team has filled its major holes and can just go out and get the best talent available with its multitude of picks.
It’s way too early to tell if this 2020 free agency will ultimately have the same impact on the team as Elway’s major free agency coup in 2014, but it’s looking good so far.
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