Devontae Booker Jersey

Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello is bringing Kyle Shanahan’s offense with him to Denver, which means the team’s running backs will likely be more involved in the passing game this season.

That’s good news for presumed third-string running back Devontae Booker, who has hauled in 99 receptions for 815 yards over the last three years.

“In this offense, you utilize the running back out of the backfield catching the ball,” Booker said after practice on May 31. “That’s a big asset of mine, my hands. It’s really kind of similar to what we ran my rookie year with [former coach Gary] Kubiak and his system.

“It’s pretty similar to me. It gets a little wordy at times to where we really have to listen to the play call, but at the end of the day it’s still pretty much the same.”

Booker was selected by Denver in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Utah and he’s never been able to emerge as more than the first-choice backup in the team’s backfield. Booker would obviously love to be a featured back but he also understands his third-down role is important.

“I’m not just going to sit here and say that I don’t want to be [the No. 1 guy] because I know that I can offer a little more,” Booker said. “As of right now and how my role is, the pass protection and being a pass catcher out of the backfield, that’s just where they need me right now.”

Booker, 27, is set to earn $720,000 this season before becoming a free agent in 2020. His future in Denver is not guaranteed but the fourth-year running back isn’t dwelling on what he can’t control.
“I really don’t think about it too much,” Booker said. “I just know that I have to go out there and do what I need to do on the football field. Everything else will handle [itself] on its own. I’m just going to keep continuing to work hard and do what I need to do out there on the field.”

Booker has gained 1,909 yards from scrimmage and has scored seven touchdowns since joining the team in 2016.

Andy Janovich Jersey

In 2014 George Aston was just another Steelers fan trying to walk-on as a linebacker. One redshirt and a position switch later, he got his chance to make an impact. Instead of growing into the next Jack Lambert, he looks more like Larry Csonka coming out of Pitt. He played in 25 games from 2015-2016, scoring 19 touchdowns as a short yardage monster and devastating blocker before his junior year was derailed by ankle injuries.

In 2018 he returned with gusto, helping Pitt’s running backs Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall rush for more than 2,300 yards. His individual numbers were down, but his prowess as blocker looked better than ever. His running back coach Andre Powell spoke very highly of him.
“We ask [Aston] to do a lot more things than we asked those other guys to do,” Powell said. “George wears a lot of hats in this offense and we put him in harm’s way a lot. You can motion him and get him involved in the passing game, you can motion him and put him in position to block.
George Aston
Aston enters his first training camp with the Broncos with a bit of a reputation for his workout prowess. He still holds his high school’s record for highest bench press (425 lbs) and squad (655). The 6’ 240 lb Aston did not receive an invitation to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis but did bench press 30 times at Pitt’s Pro Day. In 2018 the Kyle Shanahan 49ers used 22 personnel (2 backs, 1 tight end and 2 receivers) more than any team in the NFL. It’s not a given the 2019 Broncos will follow suit, but the fullback looks likely to get a lot more work than recent years.
The good

Elite athlete for the position.
Proven short yardage specialist.
Experience as an outlet receiver who caught 45 passes during his collegiate career.
Comes into the league with experience at both fullback and H-back

Aston looks like a sleeper as the next great Broncos fullback. He profiles as an exceptional scheme fit in the new offense and brings underrated athleticism to the position. Looking over some Pitt tape and the Panthers’ coaching staff used Aston in all of the same ways you’d expect him to contribute in the Rich Scangarello system.
The bad

Two significant ankle injuries in 2017.
Pitt fans modified Chuck Norris jokes for him, cult following alert.
Broncos may need to tailor special jersey’s for his neck.
May moonlight as up and coming boxer.

The big issue with Aston is his ankle injuries. He suffered a fractured ankle in August, 2017 and returned two months later only to sustain another injury in his second game back in action. It can’t be a huge issue if the Broncos have taken him into camp, but it bears monitoring.
George Aston’s roster status with the Broncos

He’ll compete with 4th year pro Andy Janovich for a spot on the 2019 roster. The two are similar players who offer a versatile skillset necessary for Rich Scangarello’s new offense. It remains to be seen if the new Broncos system will ask as much of the fullback as Kyle Shanahan’s, but a player who is equally capable of lead blocking, motioning into space, or aligning outside of the tackles as an H-back was so necessary to the Shanny system 49ers GM John Lynch made Kyle Juszczyk the highest paid fullback in league history by a considerable margin.
With Janovich’s playing out the last year of his contract and carrying a $761 K cap hit in 2019 the competition could be tilted in the younger, cheaper Aston’s favor. To make the roster he’ll need to prove he’s a reliable special teams contributor as well as make fill Janovich’s shoes on offense. It currently looks like an uphill battle, but a new coaching staff may favor fresh blood at the fullback position. I’d currently project the battle at 35-65 favoring the veteran this far out of camp.

Max Garcia Jersey

Pushing its roster to the 90-player offseason limit, the Denver Broncos on Monday signed offensive lineman Chaz Green, The Denver Post’s Ryan O’Halloran reports.

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Green (6-5, 318) entered the NFL in 2015 as a third-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys. His rookie season was a washout due to a hip injury. The next year, Green was installed as Dallas’ backup swing tackle, and he made four appearances, including two starts. In 2017, he continued to function as the direct backup, making four starts and appearing in 14 of 16 games.

After struggling at right tackle last preseason, the Cowboys released Green at final cuts. He latched on with the Saints during the middle of the season before he was waived and claimed by the Oakland Raiders. He started Oakland’s Week 15 game against the Green Bay Packers and earned a new contract from the Raiders, who cut him last week.
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Capable of manning guard and tackle, Green played his college ball at Florida, where he shuttled between left and right tackle during an injury-plagued tenure. His scouting profile gave him a better-than-average change of cracking an NFL roster.

“Heady player with potential position versatility, but lacking an area where he truly excels,” wrote Lance Zierlein, who compared Green to former Bengals OT Tanner Hawkinson. “His foot quickness and movement skill will appeal to zone-scheme teams but he must improve his strength and ability in pass protection if he wants to be anything more than a backup.

Green has no shot to start in Denver, as the offensive line, from left to right, essentially is set: Garett Bolles, Dalton Risner, Connor McGovern, Ronald Leary, Ja’Wuan James. He, too, has an uphill battle to crack the 53-man regular season squad, as other backup types (Elijah Wilkinson, Austin Schlottmann, Don Barclay) are further ahead in Mike Munchak’s system.
Barclay, who’s received first-string reps while Leary eases back from Achilles’ surgery, was singled out last month by head coach Vic Fangio.

“He’s in the mix there in the O-Line,” Fangio said. “He’s a veteran player who has played a lot of places, played a lot of football. He’s in there competing with everybody.”
Green’s clearest path to the roster, avoiding another summer pink-slip, likely will go through guard. The uncertainty surrounding Leary’s health and Risner’s acclimation to the pros leaves Denver fairly vulnerable along the interior, and Green — if nothing else — could serve in the same capacity as Billy Turner and Max Garcia before him.

Green will join the Broncos when they open their three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday, the final on-field work until training camp in July.

Menelik Watson Jersey

With guard Menelik Watson dealing with another injury in what has been a career filled with them, the Denver Broncos have moved the sixth-year veteran to injured reserve. The team intends to release him once he is cleared medically, a source confirmed to ESPN.

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The news of the Broncos’ plans was first reported by 9 News.

Watson, who has never played all 16 games in any of his previous five seasons in the league, did not play in either of the Broncos’ first two preseason games because of a pectoral injury. He had originally signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Broncos before the 2017 season to be a potential solution at right tackle.
He played in just seven games in 2017, missing nine in all as he went to injured reserve with a foot injury in early November. He had struggled at times when he did play, which prompted a move to guard this offseason after the Broncos made a trade for Jared Veldheer to start at right tackle.

Watson was playing behind Connor McGovern and Max Garcia at guard, with the Broncos also taking a look at Billy Turner and rookie Sam Jones. Watson was sent for an MRI last Thursday, and the results showed he would miss some time, which impacted the Broncos’ decision as they approach their third preseason game.

“I’m not that (Watson) wasn’t a fit any longer for our football team, but it speaks to the guys who’ve been playing behind him,” coach Vance Joseph said after Monday’s practice. “And he’s been injured. It’s hard to make a football team injured when you’ve got three or four guys behind you playing good football.”

Watson’s release will sting the Broncos’ bottom line a bit, given his $5.5 million base salary was guaranteed this past March. In all, Watson will count for $6.83 million in “dead” money against the Broncos’ cap since the team will release him after June 1.

Watson may not be the only big-ticket contract the Broncos absorb a hit on when the final roster cuts are made. Quarterback Paxton Lynch is currently No. 3 on the depth chart, and his future with the team is cloudy as the Broncos try to make a decision on a backup quarterback.

Lynch has lost the battle for the starting job in the back-to-back training camps in 2016 and 2017 and was demoted to No. 3 last week in his battle with Chad Kelly to be the team’s backup this time around.

Lynch would carry a dead money charge of $3.18 million against the cap if he is released. He has a $1.74 million base salary to go with a $2.584 million cap charge for this season, which would make him difficult to trade.

When asked about Lynch’s future this past week if he doesn’t win the backup job, Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway said he would “cross that bridge” later and did not want to deal “in hypotheticals.”