Denver Broncos

Stadium: Broncos Stadium at Mile High | Coach: Vance Joseph
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th157.0 (2nd)270.5 (13th)
Defense15th78.0 (6th)261.5 (21st)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
48Barrett, Shaquil LB6-225011/17/19925Colorado State
40Bierria, Keishawn LB6-12237/26/1995RWashington
72Bolles, Garett T6-52975/27/19922Utah
23Booker, Devontae RB5-112195/27/19923Utah
22Brock, Tramaine DB6-01888/20/19889Belhaven College
80Butt, Jake TE6-62507/11/19951Michigan
55Chubb, Bradley LB6-42756/24/1996RNorth Carolina State
51Davis, Todd LB6-12305/17/19925Sacramento State
28Freeman, Royce RB6-02382/24/1996ROregon
76Garcia, Max G6-430911/9/19914Florida
99Gotsis, Adam DE6-42879/23/19923Georgia Tech
17Hamilton, DaeSean WR6-12063/10/1995RPenn State
96Harris, Shelby DE6-22908/11/19914Illinois State
25Harris, Chris DB5-101996/18/19898Kansas
82Heuerman, Jeff TE6-525511/24/19924Ohio State
9Hogan, Kevin QB6-321810/20/19923Stanford
32Janovich, Andy FB6-12385/23/19933Nebraska
47Jewell, Josey LB6-223612/25/1994RIowa
45Johnson, A.J. LB6-225512/24/1991RTennessee
43Jones, Joe LB6-02312/21/19942Northwestern
24Jones, Adam DB5-101859/30/198312West Virginia
70Jones, Sam G6-52902/21/1996RArizona State
4Keenum, Case QB6-12152/17/19886Houston
6Kelly, Chad QB6-22243/26/19941Ole Miss
92Kerr, Zach DE6-23348/29/19905Delaware
1King, Marquette P6-019510/26/19887Fort Valley State
42Kreiter, Casey LS6-12508/13/19903Iowa
83LaCosse, Matt TE6-62559/21/19923Illinois
65Leary, Ronald G6-33204/29/19897Memphis
30Lindsay, Phillip RB5-81907/24/1994RColorado
54Marshall, Brandon LB6-12509/10/19897Nevada
60McGovern, Connor G6-43064/27/19933Missouri
8McManus, Brandon K6-32017/25/19915Temple
58Miller, Von LB6-32503/26/19898Texas A&M
61Paradis, Matt C6-330010/12/19894Boise State
34Parks, Will DB6-11947/29/19943Arizona
81Patrick, Tim WR6-421211/23/19931Utah
94Peko, Domata Sr. DT6-332511/27/198413Michigan State
56Ray, Shane LB6-32455/18/19934Missouri
29Roby, Bradley DB5-111945/1/19925Ohio State
10Sanders, Emmanuel WR5-111803/17/19879SMU
31Simmons, Justin DB6-220211/19/19933Boston College
26Stewart, Darian DB5-112148/4/19889South Carolina
14Sutton, Courtland WR6-421610/10/1995RSMU
87Taylor, Jordan WR6-52102/18/19923Rice
88Thomas, Demaryius WR6-322912/25/19879Georgia Tech
35Thomas, Dymonte DB6-219911/30/19931Michigan
38Thomas, Shamarko DB5-92052/23/19916Syracuse
77Turner, Billy T6-531010/17/19915North Dakota State
66Veldheer, Jared T6-83216/14/19879Hillsdale
57Walker, DeMarcus DE6-42809/30/19942Florida State
68Wilkinson, Elijah T6-63292/10/19952Massachusetts
95Wolfe, Derek DE6-52852/24/19907Cincinnati
41Yiadom, Isaac CB6-11902/20/1996RBoston College
Injured Players
20Carter, Jamal (IR) DB6-12154/12/19942Miami (FL)
21Cravens, Su'a (IR) DB6-12247/7/19952USC
84Fumagalli, Troy (IR) TE6-62482/17/1995RWisconsin
52Garcia-Williams, Jerrol (IR) LB6-223512/24/19932Hawaii
73Knappe, Andreas (IR) T6-83156/2/19911Connecticut
30Moore, Jordan (IR) DB6-322512/13/19931Texas-San Antonio
53Mount, Deiontrez (IR) LB6-52532/26/19933Louisville
38Rios, Marcus (IR) CB5-1118510/25/19941UCLA
75Watson, Menelik (IR) T6-531512/22/19886Florida State
Practice Squad
 Gennesy, Avery G6-53182/6/19941Texas A&M
46Holland, Jeff LB6-22499/27/1995RAuburn
27Langley, Brendan CB6-019910/16/19942Lamar
3Marshall, Trey DB6-02072/13/1996RFlorida State
16McKenzie, Isaiah WR5-81734/9/19952Georgia
89Parker, Brian TE6-42655/30/19922Albany
71Schlottmann, Austin G6-63009/18/1995RTCU
 Scott, Niles NT6-32809/30/1995RFrostburg State
36Williams, David RB6-12296/17/1994RArkansas
 
 
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Position Listing
Darian Stewart
News
Stewart recorded 52 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, five passes defended, and three interceptions in 2017.

Stewart ended the year leading the No Fly Zone in interceptions. Stewart was the man over the top in recent seasons with T.J. Ward roaming underneath, but saw a more diversified role with a more coverage-savvy partner in Justin Simmons in 2017. Stewart made some uncharacteristic blown assignments that led to big plays for opponents in 2017 and his age, 29, will make some wonder if Denver should cut bait and look toward a youth movement at safety with Simmons, Will Parks, and Jamal Carter. The savings probably wouldn't match the loss in productivity as Stewart has showed himself to be a consistent cog in Denver's defense.

Jordan Moore
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Shelby Harris
News
The Raiders announced they elevated defensive end Shelby Harris from the practice squad and put tight end Brian Leonhardt (concussion) on injured reserve. Oakland signed kicker Michael Palardy to take Harris' spot on the practice squad.
Demaryius Thomas
News
Thomas caught five of 11 targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over Oakland.

The five grabs were good enough to lead the team on the day, as were the targets, which makes back-to-back weeks of 10 or more targets to open the season for Thomas. Emmanuel Sanders has been far more efficient and productive so far, but better days are ahead for the Georgia Tech product with that kind of target share, especially if he continues to get several deep shots per game like in this contest. The 30-year-old will try and get back in the end zone Week 3 at Baltimore.

Bradley Chubb
News
Chubb recorded three tackles and was credited with 0.5 sacks during Sunday's 27-24 win over Seattle.

Chubb and safety Darian Stewart collapsed on Russell Wilson during the Seahawks' first drive, getting the rookie on the board early. It wasn't a perfect debut for Chubb -- he set the edge well on multiple occasions, but he was also caught out of position once or twice in coverage. After the game, Von Miller, who finished the game with three sacks and two forced fumbles, credited Chubb, Derek Wolfe and others for helping free him up. If Chubb keeps posing a threat, that should open things up for Denver's other rushers.

Kevin Hogan
News
Hogan was claimed off waivers by the Broncos, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.

It's been an interesting offseason for Hogan, who was traded from the Browns to the Redskins in April and now winds up replacing first-round bust Paxton Lynch in Denver. Hogan will initially slot in as the No. 3 quarterback behind Case Keenum and Chad Kelly.

Domata Sr. Peko
News
Peko (knee) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Colts.

Peko was listed as questionable heading into the contest after missing the previous two games, but he will tough it out Thursday. The veteran will presumably resume his role as the team's starting nose tackle.

Matt LaCosse
News
The Broncos signed LaCosse off the Giants' practice squad Monday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

LaCosse is the fourth tight end on the Broncos' depth chart, so he is expected to mainly provide special teams help for the club. He last appeared in a game for the Giants in Week 9.

Keishawn Bierria
No Updates
Josey Jewell
No Updates
Phillip Lindsay
News
Lindsay rushed 14 times for 107 yards and added four yards with his lone reception in Sunday's 20-19 win over Oakland.

Lindsay did not start but out-touched all other Bronco running backs, 15-11, on the day anyway. He broke a 53-yard run on the Broncos' first drive of the second quarter and began to dominate the backfield touches after that. The 24-year-old ceded goal-line work to Royce Freeman, however, and the latter took advantage by finding the end zone for a third-quarter score. The two should continue to share the load Week 3 at Baltimore.

Max Garcia
No Updates
Billy Turner
News
Turner (hand) was re-signed by the Broncos on Saturday, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.

Turner has been a depth lineman for Denver, but he was filling in as a starter at right tackle when he had his 2017 season cut short due to a hand injury. With the Broncos' offensive line in flux early in the free-agent portion of the offseason, Turner is expected to compete for a starting job at either guard or tackle.

Isaac Yiadom
No Updates
Su'a Cravens
News
Cravens (knee) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Cravens battled knee soreness throughout the preseason and isn't quite ready to return for the start of the regular season, so he'll be eligible for the active roster after Week 8. His placement on IR allowed for the Broncos to re-sign receiver and punt returner Isaiah McKenzie. With Cravens sidelined, Will Parks (knee) and Dymonte Thomas figure to provide depth at safety behind Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Marcus Rios
News
Rios (hip) was waived from injured reserve with an injury settlement Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Rios originally injured his hip in late July and was reverted to Denver's IR after clearing waivers. The 23-year-old out of UCLA made five tackles during his rookie season in 2017.

Injury
Connor McGovern
No Updates
Jerrol Garcia-Williams
News
The Broncos placed Garcia-Williams (knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.

The move was expected after Garcia-Williams tore his ACL. He'll start rehabbing to prepare for the 2019 season.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Todd Davis
News
Davis (chest) made two tackles (one solo) during Friday's 29-17 preseason win over the Redskins.

Davis was kept out of previous exhibition outings due to a chest injury, but he appears ready to rock for the regular season. The 26-year-old made 82 tackles and one sack in 2017.

Garett Bolles
News
Bolles (head) is a full participant at Tuesday's practice, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports.

Bolles left Monday's practice prematurely and was tested for a concussion after falling during a drill, but he's back in full pads during Tuesday's session. He'll likely see a majority of the work with the first team as the starting left tackle throughout training camp.

Shane Ray
News
As expected, Ray is on the field for the start of practice Saturday sporting a brace on his left wrist, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.

The Broncos' official site reported Friday that Ray would begin training camp healthy and, although he's wearing a brace, it appears he's ready to take part. The 2015 first-round selection likely dropped down the depth chart following Denver's selection of Bradley Chubb fifth overall in the 2018 NFL draft, but he will get a chance to prove his worth during training camp and the preseason.

Troy Fumagalli
News
The Broncos placed Fumagalli (sports hernia) on injured reserve Saturday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.

Fumagalli didn't play this preseason after battling a sports hernia all offseason. The rookie out of Wisconsin had a shot to make some noise in an untapped tight end corps, and he could be eligible to return later in the year. Fumagalli is a solid run blocker, but he also is a skilled pass catcher, recording 46 receptions for 547 yards and four touchdowns his senior season.

Injury
Sports Hernia - Injured Reserve
Zach Kerr
News
Kerr (ankle) participated in team drills during June's mandatory minicamp, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports.

Kerr injured his ankle during the final game of the 2017 season, but the defensive end's involvement in team drills suggests he's since been fully cleared for football activities. Now healthy, Kerr will look to carve out a role at defensive end in training camp. In 11 games with the Broncos last season, the Delaware product produced 19 tackles and a half-sack over 250 defensive snaps.

Justin Simmons
News
Simmons recorded nine tackles (eight solo) across 65 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Simmons led the Broncos in tackles on Sunday and played every down on defense. The third-year pro is quickly establishing himself as a leader in the team's secondary and will look to keep up the high level of play Sunday against the Ravens.

Brandon Marshall
News
Marshall returned to practice Tuesday after suffering a minor wrist injury during training camp Monday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Marshall's injured wrist was proven to be minor, so he was able to return to practice in a timely manner. The starting inside linebacker played in all 16 of the Broncos' contests last season, reaching the 100-tackle mark for the third time in his career.

Avery Gennesy
No Updates
Jordan Taylor
News
Taylor (hip) will stay on the PUP list to begin the 2018 season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.

The move was expected, but it affirms that Taylor will be unavailable for the first six weeks of the season. He's a depth option with just 29 receptions through 26 career games, so fantasy owners won't be dismayed by his absence.

Injury
Hip - Labrum - Physically Unable to Perform
Ronald Leary
News
Leary (knee) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Leary's knee issue was previously reported as unlikely to impact his Week 1 availability, and it seems like this notion has been confirmed following his return to practice without limitations. The 29-year-old started 11 games for Denver last season.

Jamal Carter
News
Carter (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Mike Klis of 9News.com reports.

Carter, who suffered an apparent torn hamstring during Saturday's preseason loss to the Vikings, has officially landed on IR. The Broncos signed fellow safety Shamarko Thomas on Monday in order to provide additional depth at the position.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Matt Paradis
News
Paradis signed his second-round contract tender on Friday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

The Broncos gave Paradis the tender back in March, and while the center could have negotiated with other teams before signing it, he will now return to Denver for another season. With its signing now official, the center will earn $2.94 million in 2018.

Chris Harris
News
Harris (oblique) made one tackle during Friday's 29-17 preseason win over the Redskins.

Harris was kept out of two preseason games with a strained oblique muscle. The three-time All-Pro will be the Broncos' top cornerback this season now that Aqib Talib is with the Rams.

DaeSean Hamilton
News
Hamilton caught one of two targets for 18 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Bears.

Hamilton caught his first career pass Saturday on a play-action throw from starting quarterback Case Keenum. The rookie didn't make much noise outside of that play, though, and was seemingly outdone by fellow rookie Courtland Sutton, who caught a 16-yard touchdown later on in the game. No matter, Hamilton -- at worst -- seems poised to open the regular season as the Broncos' No. 4 option, and he could make a case for higher billing with an impressive performance during Denver's third preseason game next Friday against the Bears.

Jeff Heuerman
News
Heuerman hauled in his lone target, a gain of 15 yards, during Sunday's 27-24 win over Seattle.

The Broncos' tight end hierarchy has arguably been the team's least clear position battle. Sunday didn't clear things up too much. Heuerman logged starter-level snaps -- 60 in all -- to Jake Butt's 36, yet Butt was targeted four times to Heuerman's one. If Heuerman is getting more snaps, but fewer looks, is he really more valuable than Butt?

A.J. Johnson
No Updates
Brian Parker
News
Parker signed a contract to join the Broncos' practice squad, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Parker, who's only appeared in nine games since going undrafted out of Albany in 2015, will continue his development in Denver for the time being.

Dymonte Thomas
No Updates
DeMarcus Walker
News
Walker continues to build himself up and is now 272 pounds, Walker said on Twitter.

Walker weighed in at 280 pounds at the NFL Combine last year, but had to slim down to move to outside linebacker when the Broncos grew thin at the position. With Shane Ray healthy and Bradley Chubb now in the rotation, Walker should move back inside, where he tied for the NCAA lead with 16 sacks in 2016. Walker was a fish out of water outside last season, totaling just seven tackles and a sack in reserve duty.

Brandon McManus
News
McManus nailed both of his field goals and two extra points during Sunday's 20-19 win over the Raiders.

McManus came up clutch with the game on the line as he calmly drilled a game-winning 36-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in regulation. The Broncos kicker made amends for his missed extra point in Week 1 with the strong outing.

Casey Kreiter
News
Kreiter (calf) has been a full participant throughout training camp, Andrew Mason of the Broncos' official website reports.

Kreiter landed on the team's injured reserve in the latter portion of last season due to a calf injury. He appears to have undergone a full recovery, as he has been participating in training camp activities. He projects to be the team's long snapper heading toward the regular season.

Jeff Holland
No Updates
Shaquil Barrett
News
Barrett recorded two tackles (both solo) and a sack across four defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Seahawks.

Barrett logged 23 special-teams snaps as opposed to his four on defense, but he made his reps on the defensive line count. Playing behind rookie Bradley Chubb, Barrett could continue to see increased defensive reps if he can produce at this level of efficiency.

Tim Patrick
News
Patrick has a spot on Denver's initial 53-man roster, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.

Patrick was unable to stick with the Ravens or 49ers as an undrafted rookie last year, but he's apparently made quite a bit of progress heading into his second season. He gets the final spot on Denver's wideout depth chart, behind Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. There isn't much opportunity for upward mobility in the receiving ranks, but Patrick may be able to contribute on special teams.

Trey Marshall
No Updates
Joe Jones
News
Jones recorded one tackle on special teams during Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins.

Jones was initially expected not to play, but it turns out the linebacker was allowed to log 11 snaps on special teams, which is his ticket to making the team in Denver.

Niles Scott
No Updates
Case Keenum
News
Keenum completed 19 of 35 pass attempts for 222 yards and an interception in Sunday's 20-19 win over Oakland. He added 16 yards and a touchdown on three carries.

Keenum was just 5-for-11 for 38 yards, three first downs, and zero scoring drives in the first half. He started with three three-and-outs in the first quarter and followed that up with an interception to start the second. However, the 30-year-old regrouped at the break and led scoring drives on all four second-half possessions, concluding the comeback win with his own rushing score and Brandon McManus' game-winning field goal with just six seconds left. While the seventh-year pro will certainly take the win, he has had a bit of a rocky start to his Broncos career and will look for more consistency Week 3 at Baltimore.

Von Miller
News
Miller recorded five tackles (three solo) and a sack across 49 defensive reps in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Miller has been on a tear to start the season, leading the league with four sacks through the first two games. He played in 75 percent of the Broncos' defensive snaps. Look for Miller to once again apply pressure Sunday against the Ravens, who have struggled to protect Joe Flacco early on this season.

Tramaine Brock
News
Brock (hamstring) isn't expected to play in the team's first preseason contest against the Vikings, but he could return to practice this week, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Brock was expected to remain sidelined approximately a week due to the hamstring injury he suffered early in camp, but the team will take a precautionary stance with the corner and hold him out through Week 1 of the preseason at a minimum. His potential return to practice at least suggests the issue shouldn't cost him too much time.

Jared Veldheer
News
Veldheer suffered a concussion and will not return to Sunday's game against the Raiders, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Denver will remain without their starting right tackle to conclude Sunday's matchup. Backup tackle Billy Turner will serve as Veldheer's replacement until the veteran is able to eventually clear the concussion protocol and return to football activities.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 3 at Baltimore
David Williams
News
Williams was released by the Broncos on Saturday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.

With Williams and De'Angelo Henderson both handed pink slips, Phillip Lindsay is left as the No. 3 RB behind Devontae Booker and Royce Freeman. It won't come as any surprise if the Broncos make room for Williams on their practice squad.

Marquette King
News
The Broncos and King reached agreement on a three-year contract Thursday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

King led the NFL in gross yards per punt in 2013, his first season with Oakland. While he hasn't matched those heights (48.9 per) in the meantime, his marks have ranged from 44.5 to 47.4 in a given campaign. There have been various reasons mentioned for his release from the Raiders, but performance seemingly wasn't one of them. Expect King to find comfort in the thin air representative of the Mile High City.

Emmanuel Sanders
News
Sanders hauled in all four of his targets for 96 yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over Oakland.

Sanders was held without a catch in the first half as Case Keenum struggled mightily. The pair quickly re-established their rapport on the first play of the second half with a 21-yard strike and followed that up by converting a third-and-nine to keep a subsequent drive alive. On the day, all four of the 31-year-old's receptions went for gains of at least 20 yards, and he has now led the team in receiving in both games to start the young season. He'll have a much tougher test on the road Week 3 at Baltimore.

Menelik Watson
News
The Broncos waived Watson (pectoral) from injured reserve Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Watson was expected to be a starter after signing a three-year, $18.75 million contract in 2017. He couldn't stay healthy this preseason to prove himself, so he was let go and Jared Veldheer will get the nod at right tackle in Week 1.

Injury
Pectoral - Questionable for Week 3 at Baltimore
Shamarko Thomas
News
Thomas is signing with the Broncos, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Thomas spent his first four seasons with the Steelers before joining the Bills for the 2017 season, during which he recorded eight tackles in 12 games. He will likely fill a depth and special-teams role with the Broncos.

Deiontrez Mount
News
The Broncos waived Mount (Achilles) with an injury designation Monday, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.

Mount suffered a torn Achilles during an OTA session last week to put a premature end to his 2018 season. The 25-year-old will be subjected to waivers and will revert to Denver's injured reserve if he goes unclaimed.

Injury
Achilles - Injured Reserve
Elijah Wilkinson
No Updates
Adam Jones
News
Jones is dealing with a hamstring ailment, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

The extent of the injury as well as subsequent origin remains somewhat unknown at the moment. What is known, however, is that Jones could run the risk of missing Week 3 action due to the lingering nature of hamstring issues. It's too early to predict his status for Sunday's contest, but how the 13-year vet holds up in practice this week could dictate his game availability.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 3 at Baltimore
Andy Janovich
News
Janovich (ankle) told the Broncos' official site that he's healthy and ready for the 2017 season.

An injured left ankle cost Janovich the final five games of the 2016 season. The Broncos didn't bring in any fullback competition during the offseason, so look for the Nebraska product to open training camp atop the depth chart.

Adam Gotsis
News
Gotsis (ankle) made three tackles -- one for a loss -- and one sack during Friday's 29-17 preseason win over the Redskins.

Gotsis returned to practice a couple weeks ago, but whether he could go full speed was still in question. He put those doubts to bed Friday with an excellent performance while logging just 15 snaps.

Courtland Sutton
News
Sutton hauled in one of six targets for nine yards during Sunday's 20-19 win over Oakland.

The celebration was on, but Sutton's would-be first career touchdown was called back after officials opined that his foot scraped the white prior to establishing possession. There should be more opportunities forthcoming. Sutton ended the game with 54 offensive snaps, the same amount as Emmanuel Sanders. Sutton is not only the established No. 3 in Denver, but -- with 98 targets in two weeks -- he's logging starter-level snaps.

Austin Schlottmann
No Updates
Chad Kelly
News
Kelly will start the first half of the Broncos' fourth preseason game Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Kelly will get the nod ahead of Paxton Lynch which suggests the Broncos prefer Kelly as the backup heading into the regular season. The Ole Miss product will still have to perform well during the game, but it looks more and more like Kelly will be the primary option behind Case Keenum in 2018.

Devontae Booker
News
Booker rushed for 17 yards on three carries during Denver's 20-19 win over Oakland.

Head coach Vance Joseph has repeatedly preached that the depth chart doesn't matter at running back and that the team will ride the hot hand. Booker managed to record more snaps than rookie starter Royce Freeman, 22 to 16, on Sunday. That's what passes for good news for Booker. Freeman still ended up with five more touches than Booker and, more importantly, undrafted phenom Phillip Lindsay ended the game with a stable-leading 28 snaps on his way to his second-consecutive 100-yard game. No matter what the depth chart or snap-count says, Booker is a distant third in line among Broncos backs.

Royce Freeman
News
Freeman rushed eight times for 28 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-19 defeat of Oakland. He failed to catch his only target.

Freeman drew the start and struggled to begin the game, gaining just two yards on three carries over the first two quarters. He was fortunate to cap off the opening drive of the second half with a one-yard touchdown run, but Phillip Lindsay outperformed his teammate on the whole and saw almost double the touches. The 22-year-old will try to be more effective Week 3 at Baltimore.

Derek Wolfe
News
Wolfe (abdomen) was a full participant at Friday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Wolfe was dealing with an abdominal muscle strain and was a limited participant Thursday, but his full return to practice Friday confirms the minor nature of the injury. The 28-year-old should start at defensive end for the Broncos on Sunday.

Will Parks
News
Parks (knee) is not on Tuesday's injury report for the regular-season opener against the Seahawks.

Parks injured his knee in mid-August but avoided structural damage to it. Following some rest, it appears he's ready to contribute for the Broncos out of the gate in 2018. The third-year safety is likely slated for backup duties to Darien Stewart, but he should still see the field defensively this fall.

Bradley Roby
News
Roby is expected to assume a starting role during the 2018 season following Aqib Talib's trade to the Rams earlier this month, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

When the Broncos drafted Roby in the first round in 2014, it was widely assumed he would be the heir apparent to slot corner Chris Harris. As it turned out, Denver was able to keep Roby, Harris, and Aqib Talib together for four seasons, but with cap space at a premium, the Broncos elect to part ways with Talib and open up a bigger role for the youngster. During his four seasons, Roby has flashed some big-play ability, including two pick-sixes in 2016 and a key forced fumble during the divisional round of the team's Super Bowl run in 2015, but has also been burned more than a few times. He should get more opportunities in a contract year after playing less than 700 snaps each of the past three years.

Jake Butt
News
Butt reeled in four of six targets for 48 yards during Sunday's 20-19 win over the Raiders.

Facing second and 10 with just over a minute remaining, Case Keenum dropped back and found Butt for a 14-yard gain, pushing the Broncos offense to midfield on their way to a comeback win. For the second consecutive week, Butt delivered a key reception during a game-winning scoring drive. He might be the team's No. 2 tight end, but he has over twice as many targets as starter Jeff Heuerman through two games.

Brendan Langley
News
Langley has dug into the playbook more and has looked solid in OTAs, Andrew Mason of the Broncos' official site reports.

It was somewhat of a surprise when the Broncos took Langley at the end of the third round out of Lamar in last year's draft. Head coach Vance Joseph, a defensive backs coach by trade, was drawn to his size, speed and ball skills from his time as a wide receiver at Georgia. He didn't get many looks as a rookie and, even with improvements, is unlikely to see the field much beyond special teams in 2018. Veteran Tramaine Brock figures to be the team's third corner behind Chris Harris and Bradley Roby, and the defense has often featured a third safety -- likely Will Parks -- in dime situations. Short of beating out Brock, Langley will probably continue to develop behind the scenes with this year's third-round pick, Isaac Yiadom.

Andreas Knappe
Injury
Isaiah McKenzie
News
McKenzie was signed to Denver's practice squad Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

McKenzie spent the offseason competing for a role as Denver's kick returner, but lost out to rookie Phillip Lindsay and veteran Adam Jones. Since being selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, McKenzie has failed to carve out a role either on special teams or as a depth receiver. He could stick with the Broncos' practice squad for the near future, but is a longshot to secure a relevant role on the team's offense.

Sam Jones
News
Jones (back) participated in Thursday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Jones, who has been dealing with back spasms for multiple weeks, was able to practice fully Thursday after being limited early in the week. It remains to be seen whether the 2018 sixth-rounder will suit up for Sunday's season opener against the Seahawks, but Jones appears to be trending in the right direction.