Bennie Fowler has had a great camp and he punctuated that with a great performance in the Denver Broncos opening preseason game vs. the Chicago Bears. Fowler was targeted seven times in Chicago, hauling in three receptions for 18 yards.
His biggest impact Thursday night was on special teams, where he blocked a punt that was recovered in the endzone by LB Zaire Anderson for a touchdown. Fowler also tossed in a special teams tackle for good measure.
Alas, Fowler's high-performance in the third phase is going to cost him some time in the training room. He injured his elbow in the third quarter but kept on playing unaware of the extent of it.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1688594-mhh-premium-how-you-can-s...“It’s alright, it’s nothing too major," Fowler said following Saturday's practice. "Just covering a punt and I just fell on it awkwardly. It’s just a small fracture, nothing major. I’ll be back in a couple weeks.”
Fowler has made himself indispensable to the Broncos because of his impact on special teams. If he can make it back in time for the final preseason game, it will cement a spot on the final 53-man roster.
It would be easy to say that Fowler is lock to make the roster no matter what, but with how deep the Broncos are at wide receiver and how fierce the competition has been, nothing is matter of course—unless your name is Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders.
Nevertheless, the Broncos love Bennie Fowler. Even nursing an injury, I doubt his place with the team is in jeopardy.
“I’m not really frustrated," Fowler said. "I still have an opportunity. I just got to get healthy and once I get healthy, just get back out there to pick up where I left off.”
Cody Latimer will continue as the No. 3 receiver, with Jordan Norwood and Jordan Taylor battling it out for the fourth spot, respectively. The sleepers come in the form of two undrafted rookies—Kalif Raymond and Bralon Addison.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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