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Mason's Mailbag: The best undrafted Broncos


Aside from Emmanuel Sanders there does not seem to be as much chemistry as one would hope between Case Keenum and the WR corps.

1. How fast can Case get on the same page as his WRs?

2. What is the realistic expectations for our team if he cannot?


Keenum and his wide receivers just got through their first full game together. I recall in 2012 how it took a month and a half for Peyton Manning and his wide receivers to develop the exquisite timing that came to define the Broncos' offense over the years that followed.

So in regards to your questions, I would suggest stepping back, having a glass of water and a piece of fruit and letting the first few games play out before jumping to conclusions in this area. Frankly, I think the timing that already exists is ahead of schedule.


**#AskMase** Who are the top five undrafted Broncos of all time?

1. Rod Smith

The Broncos' all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage and passing touchdowns, Smith never lost the razor-sharp emotional and mental edge that lingered from going undrafted out of Missouri Southern in 1994. His streak of 124 consecutive games with at least one reception -- which lasted from 1999 through 2006 -- also remains a franchise standard.

2. Chris Harris Jr.

This could change if Harris ends up on a Hall of Fame trajectory. With three Pro Bowl nods and a first-team All-Pro selection, he could earn Canton consideration if he stacks up similar honors and continues maintaining his stellar form well into his 30s. At this moment, Harris appears to be a likely Ring of Famer, who fits well into the Broncos' storied lineage of cornerbacks, headed by Louis Wright and Champ Bailey.

3. Steve Watson

He made the Broncos' roster as a rookie in 1979. Two years later, he averaged 20.7 yards per reception, a figure that remains a club single-season record for anyone with 25 or more receptions. Watson's 13 touchdown catches in 1981 set a club record that stood for 14 years. He remains in the Broncos' top 10 in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches and later served as a wide receivers coach under Mike Shanahan.

4. Greg Kragen

It took Kragen two training-camp attempts to make Denver's roster, but once he developed, he became one of the linchpins of the team's late-1980s defensive revival under then-coordinator Wade Phillips. Kragen earned Pro Bowl honors for his 1989 performance and held down the starting position at nose tackle until 1993. He posted 22.5 sacks over his nine Broncos seasons, an outstanding total for a nose tackle.

5. Gene Mingo

No player in team history had a more diverse skill set than this original Bronco. He played running back. He returned kickoffs and punts -- including a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown in the franchise's first game in 1960. He was the team's first placekicker. His 2014 Ring of Fame induction was a richly deserved honor.


@MaseDenver Hello from Finland! Do the Broncos need reinforcements in the corner position? Are there any free cornerbacks out there that the @Broncos would be interested in? #AskMase

Adam Jones has filled that bill nicely. What he does is ensure the Broncos have a No. 4 cornerback behind the top three with enough experience to step in (Tramaine Brock), while also ensuring that opposing quarterbacks cannot simply lock into the one-on-one matchup involving the third cornerback.

Jones is still good enough to handle the job effectively when he enters the game in sub packages, and is far better than anyone who remains on the open market.


What's your favorite "Seinfeld" quote? And did the saying, "having a cow" come from "The Simpsons" or did they just make it really popular? #AskMase

As someone who would wear sweatpants to work every day if it was acceptable, it has to be this, from Jerry to George:

"You know the message you're sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You're telling the world, 'I give up. I can't compete in normal society. I'm miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.'"

A close second would be the Jake Jarmel-Elaine Benes debate over the use of exclamation points from "The Sniffing Accountant," which you can find at

As for "Don't have a cow," Bart Simpson popularized it, but multiple sources date the origin of the phrase back to England in the 1950s.

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