Broncos Mailbag: Ranking several rookies in order of 2018 impact(Ryan O'Halloran, Denver Post)
You reviewed it pretty well — a lot of rookies will see a lot of playing time this year and will be expected to make a lot of plays. Ranking the draft picks/undrafted free agents you mentioned in terms of impact: 1. Freeman; 2. Chubb; 3. Sutton; 4. Lindsay; 5. Hamilton; 6. Jewell. The Broncos definitely needed a good draft just to fill up the depth chart cupboard since they didn't do much in veteran free agency.
Case Keenum opens up about free agency, unlikely journey and his new book (excerpt included)(Nicki Jhabvala, The Athletic)
"It wasn't something I dreamed about or even talked very much about. My dad mentioned something, like, 'Maybe we should write a book,' " Keenum told The Athletic. "But I hadn't thought much about it and had three or four people come up to me, including my publisher and Andrew Perloff, who were like, 'It'd be cool to write a book.'
"It was tough because I wanted it to be good. I don't want to halfway do the thing. I put a lot more into it than I thought I would, but I think it was worth it. It was cool to see my story on paper."
Jared Veldheer lacks in fanfare but not in importance for Broncos(Jeff Legwold, ESPN)
The Broncos acquired Veldheer by sending a sixth-round pick in this past April's draft to the Arizona Cardinals. Before Veldheer had a jersey or a locker in the team's facility, the team announced him as the starter at right tackle. Since the start of the 2014 season, right tackle has been little more than a turnstile on the depth chart, with 10 Broncos having started at least one game there.
"I've said there's no real 'Open a book up, and here's the exact answer' to how this goes," Veldheer said. "You do the gritty things, on the practice field, in the film room, you take a good look at it and work. That's the approach for me, for all of us, to be as good together as possible."
Meet Skyler Cottrell, CSU-Pueblo grad and Denver Broncos female athletic trainer who eyes NFL career(Paul Klee, Colorado Springs Gazette)
"She's been spectacular," Antonopulos said.
How's that for a pat on the back? This was Brooks Koepka praising your short game, Serena Williams applauding your backhand. Nice l'il Tuesday for Cottrell, whose internship ends with the Broncos preseason this week.
"It's incredible to learn from people who have years of on-field experience," Cottrell said. "Greek's pretty much seen and done it all. He's able to share little tricks that he's witnessed along the way. I'm so fresh in this profession, so to learn from all of them carries over into how I'll conduct myself moving forward. It's incredible to have this experience alongside a group like this."
Examining the odds for Broncos players on the roster bubble(Tyler Polumbus, The Athletic)
Tim Patrick, WR. Much like Lindsay, Patrick is the type of player that you want to use as motivation when trying to inspire others to make the most of their opportunities. Unlike Cracraft, Patrick was not a name discussed early as a potential candidate to make the roster. How could he have been? He is a 6-4 receiver known for his ability to catch the ball at its peak. Doesn't that sound like a couple receivers already on this roster in Courtland Sutton and Demaryius Thomas? Why would the Broncos need another player with the same skill set? Well, Patrick has done an incredible job and, although he does have a similar game, it will be very difficult to cut him from this roster.
Chance of making the 53: Good. Patrick has done too many good things to not keep him around.