Cracraft returned 12 punts for 40 yards and three kickoffs for 43 yards in 2018. He was not targeted until Week 17, during which he hauled in a 44-yard pass off of two targets.
The former undrafted free agent out of Washington State sat on the practice squad for much of the season, but he came up following the midseason trade of Demaryius Thomas. The fact that he wasn't targeted until Week 17 despite the amount of turnover at the position this season shows where is in the pecking order. His future role depends largely on the next staff. His experience in Washington State's Air Raid attack could prove valuable if Denver adopts more college concepts on offense. As a returner, he was a solid choice for former coach Vance Joseph, who ran conservative on special teams However, his fit there could also change subject to the new staff.
Cracraft spent time with the Broncos this offseason, working mostly on special teams. The second-year pro has a shot of making his NFL debut against the Texans this Sunday in a Denver wide receiver corps that recently saw the departure of Demaryius Thomas via trade and that will be missing DaeSean Hamilton (knee) in Week 9.
The Broncos signed Cracraft to their practice squad Wednesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Cracraft has spent on-and-off time with Denver's practice squad since 2017, but has yet to make his NFL debut. The second-year wideout worked primarily on special teams this offseason, including as a kick returner. Cracraft's clearest path to eventually cracking the 53-man roster is to impress on special teams, especially considering the Broncos' solid wideout depth.
Cracraft finds himself ahead of the likes of veteran Philly Brown and 2017 draft pick Isaiah McKenzie among receivers. Cracraft has yet to catch an NFL pass, but tallied 218 catches during his time in Washington State's wide-open attack. It will be interesting to see him battle McKenzie for what will likely be one roster spot. The decision might come down to who can perform best on special teams. Cracraft returned just four punts in college, but has been getting work in the offseason. McKenzie was a dynamo returning punts at Georgia, but struggled with fumbles last season.
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