ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --A bye week isn't a complete week off -- at least not for the Broncos' personnel department, because player evaluation never stops.
This week, the team hosted 10 players for tryouts, including two who starred at Colorado college programs:
WR Paul Browning, Colorado State-Pueblo
WR DaVaris Daniels, Notre Dame
LB Sage Harold, James Madison
TE Matt LaCosse, Illinois
QB Seth Lobato, Northern Colorado
DB John Lowdermilk, Iowa
OT Andrew McDonald, Indiana
DB Ryan Murphy, Oregon State
TE Harold Spears, New Hampshire
LB J.R. Tavai, USC
All of them worked in NFL training camps this summer. Lobato and McDonald also have past regular-season experience. Lobato toiled for Miami's practice squad last year, while McDonald played two midseason games for the Seahawks in 2014.
The Broncos often draw their reserve-future signings in January from the list of players they host for Tuesday tryouts throughout the regular season. Practice-squad players are also often drawn from the tryouts.
In addition to the two players with Colorado ties, Lowdermilk has a Broncos connection; his uncle is Rich Karlis, a placekicker from 1981-88 who hit the game-winning field goal in overtime of the 1986 AFC Championship Game in Cleveland.