Denver Broncos Rookie Adam Gotsis Nearing Return to Field

The Broncos second-round pick says he's ready to hit the field when camp opens. Will he have a chance to stand out among the veterans?

Denver Broncos rookie defensive lineman Adam Gotsis is almost ready to assume the three-point stance and swarm to the football for the first time since Halloween.

The big Aussie tore his ACL in the middle of his senior year with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a close loss against the Virginia Cavaliers. Knee injury and all, the Broncos followed the recommendation of defensive line coach Bill Kollar and drafted Gotsis in the second round of the NFL Draft in May., with training camp just a couple of weeks away, he says he'll be ready to go when the Broncos hold their first practice on July 28.

"I feel like, come training camp, it might be a couple days before they throw me in there with full-contact type stuff," Gotsis said on Wednesday, "but I'm feeling really good. I'm feeling really confident and ready to get back out there with the team."

After being drafted, Gotsis spent OTAs rehabbing alongside his teammates and getting acquainted with the playbook. When he hits the field in camp, he'll join a defensive line rotation with solid depth but no clear-cut third starter.

Jared CrickVance Walker, and Kenny Anunike will all compete with Gotsis to get snaps alongside entrenched starters Derek Wolfe and Sylvester Williams on the defensive line. The inexperience and rust associated with a long term injury will likely keep Gotsis behind Crick and Walker to begin the season, but as the season progresses, so should the rookie.

Post-injury, competition is at the forefront of his mind.

“Now it’s like you’ve worked so hard to get back to where you were – it’s a big time thing," Gotsis concluded. "I’m just ready to get back out there and compete and do all I can do.”

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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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