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Broncos roster review: Wide receiver Juwann Winfree

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Can the second year WR make the active roster in very crowded WR group?

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Juwann Winfree was drafted in the 6th round of the 2019 draft by the Broncos. The University of Colorado product was the victim of many injuries during his college career but he possesses the size and speed that teams covet in wide receivers.

Experience: 2 years
Height: 6-3
Age: 23
Weight: 215 lbs
College: Colorado

Winfree began his college career at Maryland in 2014 where he played in 6 games catching 11 passes for 2 TDs. He played two seasons with UC appearing in only 15 games and catching 49 passes for 649 yards and 4 TDs. Winfree did not get invited to the NFL combine and had a decent showing at his pro-day:

  • 40-yard dash: 4.53
  • Vertical jump: 33”
  • Broad jump: 125”
  • Three-cone: 6.97
  • 20-yd short shuttle: 4.25
  • Bench press: 16 reps

His 40 speed is not that special given the numbers that some of our 2020 draftees displayed at the combine. His short area quickness is good and he “plays faster on tape” than he tested at his pro-day.

The Good

Winfree has some experience having appeared in three games for us in 2019 before he was placed on the IR in the middle of December. He appeared on 14 plays on offense and 49 plays on special teams. All fourteen of his offensive snaps came with Joe Flacco as QB. He had no game experience with Drew Lock throwing him the ball.

At this point Winfree is still all potential.

The Bad

Winfree is one of thirteen WRs currently on the roster. At best he is a roster bubble guy if we keep seven WRs. If we keep six, I really don’t see a place for him on the active roster. His lack of college and NFL experience and his questionable hands mean that he would have to really have improved year over year to make the 55-man roster in 2020.

My take

Winfree is a big physical WR that needs time to learn how to play the position. He had the tools to become a nice back-up to Courtland Sutton, but he has Tim Patrick in his way for that spot. Patrick has a lot more experience and seemed to have developed some good chemistry with Lock at the end of last season. I think that Winfree will get another “redshirt” year on the expanded practice squad. I expect that if he ever becomes a contributor for the Broncos it will be in 2021 and beyond.