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Broncos awarded DB Mike Ford, RB Nate McCrary off waivers

DenverBroncos.com 01 September, 2021 - 12:18pm

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have taken advantage of their waiver claim positioning to add two players to their active roster.

Denver was awarded defensive back Mike Ford off waivers from Detroit and running back Nate McCrary off waivers from Baltimore, the team announced Wednesday.

Ford is a fourth-year player out of Southeast Missouri State who has appeared in 31 career games and made seven starts. He has recorded four pass breakups and 49 defensive tackles during his career. Ford has also played 467 special teams snaps in three years, including 54 percent of those special teams snaps in 2019 and 35 percent of those snaps in 2020.

McCrary, an undrafted rookie from Saginaw Valley State, was the Ravens' leading rusher in the preseason as he carried the ball 42 times for 163 yards and a touchdown. He was named a first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection in his final season in college, as he averaged 6.3 yards per carry as he posted 1,060 yards and 10 touchdowns on 167 carries. Saginaw Valley State did not play in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The Broncos must make a pair of roster moves to be at the 53-player roster limit. General Manager George Paton said Tuesday the team would place running back Mike Boone and cornerback Michael Ojemudia on injured reserve. Both players would be eligible to return after three weeks.

Paton said after setting the initial 53-man roster on Tuesday that the Broncos would scan through the hundreds of available players.

"Tonight, we're going to get the cuts," Paton said. "We do like our 53-man roster. We're really high on our roster, but we'll sit tonight. We're picking nine in the waiver claims. We're No. 9, so we think we can help us like we'll always do throughout the season. We'll be up most of the night going through all the waiver claims, the trades — all the scenarios. It's quite busy out there, so we'll have a pulse on the league and everything that's going on."

Denver also had two of its former players claimed off waivers, as the Chargers claimed safety Trey Marshall and the Saints claimed fullback Adam Prentice.

Following teams' initial waiver claims, Denver may now assemble its 16-player practice squad.

Report: Broncos release running back Royce Freeman

Mile High Report 01 September, 2021 - 12:17pm

With rookie Nate McCrary added, the Broncos move on from Freeman.

With a couple of waiver claims and the need for space on the roster, the #Broncos are cutting RB Royce Freeman, source said. He’s averaged 4 yards per carry over two years in Denver.

The former third-round selection joined the Broncos with high expectations that were never met. He started out his rookie year but injuries and the emergence of Phillip Lindsay knocked him back on the depth chart. Then, the signing of Melvin Gordon last season made him the team's third running back on the depth chart. Then, this past offseason, the Broncos signed Mike Boone and traded up to select Javonte Williams with their second-round selection. This made the writing on the wall for Freeman rather clear. However, an injury to Mike Boone gave Freeman a chance to stick around, and he did make the initial 53-man roster. However, after a waiver claim on rookie running back Nate McCrary, the Broncos decided to move on.

Freeman will finish his career with 297 carries for 1,187 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also caught 69 balls for an additional 409 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Broncos' current running back depth chart will have Melvin Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams being the 1A and 1B in the backfield while McCrary likely contributes on special teams until Mike Boone is eligible to return after week 3. Will the Broncos keep all four backs on the roster once Boone returns? That’s a bridge they will have to cross once they get there, but it seems like something they may very likely do after claiming McCrary off waivers.

The Broncos have not yet released Freeman and are still trying to work a trade for the veteran running back according to 9NEWS Denver’s Mike Klis.

While plan is to release Royce Freeman, he has drawn interest in recent months from RB needy teams. Would not be surprised if a team gives up a late-round pick for the reliable Freeman. #9sports

The Broncos are hoping to net a late-round, likely conditional pick in return for Freeman.

Broncos practice squad tracker

Mile High Report 01 September, 2021 - 11:00am

Every report and rumor as the Denver Broncos fill out their practice squad.

We will keep track of any rumors or reports until that final practice squad is announced by the team. In the meantime, who do you think the Broncos should add to their 16-man practice squad?

Broncos practice squad tracker

FOX 31 Denver 01 September, 2021 - 11:00am

Every report and rumor as the Denver Broncos fill out their practice squad.

We will keep track of any rumors or reports until that final practice squad is announced by the team. In the meantime, who do you think the Broncos should add to their 16-man practice squad?

‘It was wonderful’: DeShawn Williams celebrates journey that led him to making his first initial 53-man roster

DenverBroncos.com 31 August, 2021 - 07:38pm

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — For the first time in his career, DeShawn Williams didn't dread cutdown day.

As General Manager George Paton and the Broncos trimmed their roster to 53 players on Monday and Tuesday, Williams wasn't anxious about whether his phone would start to buzz.

Six years after entering the NFL as an undrafted defensive lineman from Clemson, Williams finally knew he was safe.

"It was weird," Williams said Tuesday. "… I didn't have to check my phone, looking at who's been cut or what number, if I got a [call from a] 303 or 720 number. I just went out the whole day, my wife and I, we just looked at each other like, 'We are not stressing.' It was wonderful. We didn't have to stress all day today or yesterday, so it was good."

Williams, an 11-game starter in 2020 for the Broncos, saw his stress vanish when he was pulled from the Broncos' game against the Rams and told he was done for the night. At that moment, he knew he'd showed enough last year and during the 2021 preseason to ensure his role as a key depth piece for Denver's defensive line.

The path to that moment was far from linear.

When Williams appeared in his first game for the Broncos — a Week 3 contest last year vs. Tampa — it was the first time in 1,373 days that he'd played in a regular-season game. Only three players last year — Aldon Smith, Bruce Miller and Woodrow Hamilton — played again after longer gaps between their action.

In the nearly four years between games, Williams spent time on the practice squads for the Broncos, Colts and Dolphins, and he signed with the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 season.

After that initial 2020 action, Williams told DenverBroncos.com he was on the precipice of carving out a role in Denver.

"I feel like the Broncos, I can make my hay here," Williams said in October of 2020. "It's a great city, great organization, and I just love it here."

Last season's stat line — one interception, three passes defensed, two sacks, four tackles for loss, six quarterback hits and 37 tackles — suggested he was right to be optimistic. Add in his preseason production that includes another interception and a fumble recovery, and it seems the best may be yet to come.

"It feels great," Williams said of making the team. "It's been a long time. I wouldn't change the route. It made me better. It made me understand the game more. Cherish the little things like just putting the helmet on, going through that gate every day knowing that I can come in and do what I'm here to do for us. … I can't put it into words. … This is not like the end. This is just the beginning. Now I've got the season starting. I know I've got big things ahead for me and this team. So now I'm just ready to get started."

Head Coach Vic Fangio has seen both Williams' commitment to the game and his authentic excitement to be a member of the Broncos.

"You guys know all the good numbers that you can juice up your article with — how many days he was out of football and how many times he's been cut and all that," Fangio said Tuesday. "He was a guy we brought back last year. He hadn't played in a long time and took advantage of the situation, and he's made it very hard for us to not keep him. It's a great story. I know he appreciates each and every day that he's here. He tells me that. We love having him on the team."

Williams first day as an official member of Denver's initial 53-man roster ended on a practice field with his teammates huddled around him. Fangio recognized Williams for making the team, and his teammates erupted into cheers before heading off the field.

"It was great," Williams said afterward. "It just shows that this team, our coaching staff prides [itself] on players that work hard and don't give up. I know it's beating a dead horse, but look at Shelby [Harris], look at Mike [Purcell], look at [Bradley] Chubb — he was a first-round draft pick, but all the injuries he had to overcome — Von [Miller], what he overcame last year. Courtland [Sutton].

"We've got a bunch of guys that have overcome a lot of adversity. We could've just hung it up or listened to the people that said we weren't good enough for things like that, but we just kept working. I think this team, I think that's what our motive is goin to be — just not giving up. We've got a bunch of resilient guys on this team."

KC Chiefs roster: Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne are only quarterbacks for now

The Washington Post 31 August, 2021 - 07:43am

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 4: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs talks with Chad Henne #4 while sitting on the bench during the game against the Cleveland Brownsat FirstEnergy Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

It’s the move most of us in Chiefs Kingdom expected all along, but it’s still notable that for another year, the K.C. Chiefs feel comfortable enough to go with only two quarterbacks on the active roster heading into the regular season.

The Chiefs officially waived Shane Buechele on Tuesday morning as part of their efforts to get down to the maximum 53 players allowed on the roster as of 4:00 p.m. at the league office (E.T.). Buechele was the only other quarterback option on the roster after the team cut Anthony Gordon earlier in August, leaving the team with two signal callers for Week 1.

Last season, the Chiefs went with only Patrick Mahomes and Chad Henne heading into the regular season but kept options on the practice squad in veteran Matt Moore as well as developmental quarterback Jordan Ta’amu.

This year, the Chiefs don’t have any veterans on the practice squad as of yet and none has been floating around in training camp either, leading us to believe that Buechele might serve as the lone parachute, so to speak, at hand. The Chiefs could conceivably bring back Gordon. Moore also remains a free agent.

In 2019, the Chiefs rolled three-deep at quarterback in the Andy Reid era to start the year, although injuries might have kept the Chiefs from going so minimal at the position in 2019 since Henne was hurt (ankle). They were back to only two in 2018—the norm for Mahomes’ career as a starter.

With Alex Smith under center, the Chiefs often had three quarterbacks, a sign that perhaps it’s a John Dorsey vs. Brett Veach sort of decision to go with a specific number of quarterbacks. Back then, the depth chart would read Smith up top followed by a veteran of some kind (e.g. Nick Foles, Chase Daniel) and then a developmental arm (e.g. Tyler Bray).

Expect the Chiefs to bring back Buechele on the practice squad if he clears waivers.

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