Training camp for the Denver Broncos is in full swing and they just had their first fully padded day of practice. It also was a veterans day off, with Virgil Green, Matt Paradis, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Harris, Jr, Derek Wolfe, Brandon Marshall, Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward getting a much needed day of rest.
With so many veterans getting the day off on Sunday, it really opened up the door for others to show off what they could do. It also landed some players on this list.
Jordan Taylor, WR
First up is a guy who has been shining for some time. On Saturday he made a spectacular one handed catch, adding to a really impressive offseason as he fights for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Jordan Taylor, aka "Sunshine", has had a really good offseason, and came into camp as a riser and he just keeps climbing as camp goes on. The coaching staff really likes the kid and he nearly made the squad a year ago, and probably would have if not for him being a rookie.
It is still an uphill battle for Taylor to make the roster, but there is no question he is giving it his all to come out on top. His special teams play will be crucial as he continues his fight.
Kayvon Webster, CB
Cornerback Kayvon Webster stepped up his rookie season with some solid play. However, since then he has taken a backseat on defense while boosting his special teams play. Everything out of training camp has been extremely positive about Webster, especially his play on defense.
He seems to have everything figured out and knows what is needed of him. As long as he keeps it up, he could carve a role out for himself on defense this year, though that would be difficult, due to the talent ahead of him. Still, his play this year could have a big impact on some decisions from the front office after the season.
Juwan Thompson, RB/FB
Juwan Thompson has the hearts of all the fans but his spot on the roster is in serious jeopardy. He has been seeing time at two positions, and doing well.
However, there are a few players ahead of him who are outperforming him in Devontae Booker, Kapri Bibbs and the rookie fullback Andy Janovich. There's still time for the fan favorite but at this point he may need some help in order to survive the cutting phases.
Every year there are a couple players who fall due to others rising and Thompson is in one of those situations this year.
Ty Sambrailo, OL
Ty Sambrailo was playing decently his rookie season before getting hurt in Week 3 and now his performance isn’t what you would hope it would be of a former second round pick.
Of course, part of the issue is him getting back to full strength after the injury he sustained, as well as changing from tackle to guard. So far though, he is falling. Fortunately for Sambrailo, those behind him haven't taken much advantage of his performances.
There are plenty of others rising and falling, but those are due to a few good plays here and there. After a few more days of training camp, there will a update on these players as well as new risers and fallers.
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