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Mile High Morning: How A.J. Bouye is paying it forward as an undrafted success story


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A.J. Bouye has been the Broncos' top cornerback for just a little over three months, but already he's taking a leadership role.

As an undrafted player who went on to make a Pro Bowl, Bouye has found rare success in his NFL career. And just as veterans helped Bouye as he began that path, Bouye now finds himself in position to take that role in Denver, as The Denver Post’s Ryan O’Halloran details.

"I always want to work with the undrafted guys extra because those guys are sponges," Bouye said recently. "They always want to learn anything. I just feel like I can relate more to those guys because they're always learning. When I was coming in, I always wanted to learn from veterans."

The Broncos' only undrafted cornerback, Essang Bassey of Wake Forest, says he understands the value Bouye's words hold.

"I'm just trying to learn everything I can," Bassey told O’Halloran. "I want to last long in the league, and [the veterans] have the tools to do it and they've done it. I want to learn what works for them and what doesn't work and use it to my advantage."

Below the Fold

Start your week off with a little fun with this head-to-head matchup between Elijah Wilkinson and Shelby Harris in a Broncos trivia challenge. Keith Irizarry hosts "The Virtual Ring," which also included a couple other non-Broncos games.

If you want to try your hand at some Broncos trivia, 9NEWS’ Mike Klis put together nine questions revolving around the 2011 offseason, which, like this offseason, featured several players conducting their own workouts.

The NFL Players Association's medical director, Thom Mayer, announced Saturday that he is recommending players cease working out together as COVID-19 cases increase in recent days. That could put a stop to the reported workouts that Drew Lock has been conducting with other Broncos players.

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