ENGELWOOD, Colo.— After making more than 20 roster cuts yesterday, the Denver Broncos have filled all 10 spots on their practice squad. Almost all of them spent the spring and summer on the Broncos roster.
- Jordan Taylor (WR)
- Chuka Ndulue (DL)
- Zaire Anderson (LB)
- Dillon Day (C)
- Danny Mason (OLB)
- Taurean Nixon (CB)
- George Uko (DE)
- Kapri Bibbs (RB)
- Kyle Roberts (OT)
- Arthur Lynch (TE)
Taylor went undrafted out of Rice this past spring, but found a home in Denver. Once training camp rolled around, he consistently made it into highlight notebooks with his acrobatic catches and excellent hands.
At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Taylor has the skill-set to play in the pros, but could use some time to more fully develop an NFL body. He's hoping to duplicate Bennie Fowler's career trajectory and make the final roster in 2016 as a former college free agent (CFA).
Ndulue was signed post-draft as a CFA and it took him some time, but he eventually made an impact on the second and third-team defense. A year in the Broncos system should serve him well. And if the Broncos suffer any injuries on the defensive line, Ndulue will serve as a quality fail-safe.
Anderson went undrafted out of Nebraska but was signed to compete in training camp and compete he did. At 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, he's smallish for a linebacker, but plays with great speed on the field and has good instincts for the ball.
The Broncos paid out their biggest CFA signing bonus to Day, who initially struggled in the Broncos system. He stablized his performance toward the end of camp and played very well in the final preseason game of the year. Day provides the Broncos a talented, developemental center to groom behind Matt Paradis.
Mason showed flashes in camp this year and impressed the Broncos enough to earn this limited practice squad spot. With Lerentee McCray still nursing a groing injury, if a setback occurs, Mason could be called up the active roster.
The Broncos used a compensatory seventh round pick on Nixon in May, a Tulane product. The Broncos had a logjam of talent at the cornerback position, leaving Nixon on the outside looking in. A year in the system will serve him well.
Uko went undrafted out of USC in 2014 and has spent time with the Saints and Buccaneers. One of just two practice squad players who didn't spend the first half of the year in Denver, Uko projects as a 3-4 defensive end.
Bibbs came just shy of making the final roster this year. He out-played Montee Ball, with far fewer preseason carries. The Broncos clearly like Bibbs. On the practice squad, he'll get more time with the organization and should an injury strike the active roster, he'll be there to step up.
Roberts went undrafted out of Nevada in May, but quickly found a home with the Broncos. He fits what Gary Kubiak looks for in a zone blocking scheme tackle. He's still rough around the edges and could use some time to hone his craft.
Lynch was a fifth round pick of the Dolphins last year, but spent his rookie year on injured reserve. Miami waived him in August and he subsequently spent some time with the Jets, before finally ending up in Denver. I can see him doing some good things in Kubiak's TE-friendly offense.
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