Behind the scenes: Broncos sign rookie deals and meet John Elway
Nine of the ten players in the Broncos' 2020 draft class officially signed their rookie contracts and met John Elway on Monday.
Derrek Tuszka has 'something to prove' coming from North Dakota State to Denver
After being selected in the seventh round, North Dakota State's Derrek Tuszka talks with Matt Boyer about the 'small school' chip on his shoulder, and what he hopes to learn from Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.
Seventh-round pick Derrek Tuszka gets 'The Call' from the Broncos
Watch as seventh-round pick Derrek Tuszka receives the phone call from President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and Head Coach Vic Fangio notifying him that he'll be a Bronco.
Broncos draft Derrek Tuszka in Round 7 of the 2020 NFL Draft
The Denver Broncos select North Dakota State edge rusher Derrek Tuszka with the 254th-overall overall pick in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
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Tuszka (pronounced TUSS-kuh) has been one of the reasons for the Bison's recent run of FCS titles (eight in nine seasons). He had a strong senior year, leading the team to its third straight title as a first-team Associated Press All-American and Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year (48 tackles, led team with 19 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks, five pass breakups in 15 starts). His 2019 sack total ranked sixth in the FCS. In 2018, Tuszka was an honorable mention all-conference selection (48 tackles, 12 for loss, 7.5 sacks, starting seven of 15 games played). He started 12 of 15 games played as a sophomore, leading NDSU with 7.5 sacks among his 33 total tackles, 9.5 for loss. As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Tuszka made four tackles (1.5 for loss, one sack) in eight appearances as a reserve. Tuszka is a South Dakota native who earned all-state honors at Warner High School twice and starred on the basketball court and track. His brother, Jarrod, played for the Bison from 2013 to 2017.
Tuszka is a hard-nosed, physical 4-3 base end with a lack of length and bend but good strength and motor to make play after play. His lack of length and explosiveness weren't an issue in college but will likely be exploited by NFL starting tackles. His skilled hands and secondary effort are traits that will help his cause but Tuszka may need to prove he can handle a transition to 3-4 outside linebacker during individual workouts to expand the number of teams/schemes that might consider him.
- Showed an ability to dominate his level of competition
- Posted 29.5 sacks as three-year starter
- Skilled with his hands as rusher
- Uses well-timed bull-rush charge to catch off-balance tackles
- Smooth punch to counter rip transition
- Stiff inside hand to post and circle over top of tackle's pass set
- Five batted passes in 2019 alone
- Accelerates into the point of attack with some force
- Motor is apparent in his pursuit of the football
- Upper-body power to pop and tackle on base blockers
Evaluating how the Broncos' late-round draft picks performed in 2020
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Broncos add several players to active roster ahead of #DENvsCAR
The Broncos also signed Nate Hairston off Baltimore's practice squad, but he is not eligible to play this weekend.
Broncos place CB Essang Bassey on IR
The Broncos also designated Derrek Tuszka for return from IR and began his 21-day practice window.
Injury Report: Graham Glasgow among Broncos to miss Wednesday practice ahead of #DENvsCAR
A pair of Broncos returned to practice on Wednesday
Broncos place NT Mike Purcell, OLB Derrek Tuszka on IR, sign Sylvester Williams to active roster
Purcell and Tuszka suffered injuries against the Chiefs.
Broncos sign DL Timmy Jernigan, promote RB LeVante Bellamy, OLB Derrek Tuszka to active roster
After placing three defensive lineman on injured reserve within the last two weeks, the Broncos added reinforcements to the position group on Wednesday.
Broncos elevate OLB Derrek Tuszka, RB LeVante Bellamy from practice squad for #DENvsPIT
The Broncos announced the moves Saturday.
Mile High Morning: After Broncos' rookies pressed into big roles in season opener, here's how they did
With injuries to veterans Courtland Sutton and A.J. Bouye, the Broncos relied heavily on their rookies in the season opener.
Broncos elevate OLB Derrek Tuszka, S P.J. Locke from practice squad for #TENvsDEN
Under a new NFL rule, teams may elevate up to two practice squad players to their game-day roster per week.
Broncos protect Rypien, Tuszka, Rodgers, Locke on practice squad ahead of Week 1 game
Under the NFL's new practice squad rules, teams can protect four players on their practice squad each week.
Broncos agree to terms with seventh-round pick Derrek Tuszka on rookie contract
The edge rusher became the third member of the Broncos' 2020 draft class to agree to terms on his rookie deal.
Broncos announce uniform numbers for 2020 rookie class, other new additions
The Broncos' rookie class, future-contract signings and newest free-agent additions have picked their new numbers.
Ask Aric: What role will the Broncos' rookies play in Year 1?
In this post-draft edition of the mailbag, Aric DiLalla evaluates where the Broncos' rookies fit in, how Denver's offensive line is shaping up and much more.
A brief look at Denver's Day 3 picks and what they bring to the Broncos
From Albert Okwuegbunam to Derrek Tuszka, get to know the Broncos' five Day 3 selections.
Top moments from the Broncos' 2020 rookie class
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Broncos' 2020 draft picks sign rookie contracts, meet John Elway
Nearly all of the Broncos' 2020 draft class arrived at UCHealth Training Center to ink their rookie contracts and meet President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway. (KJ Hamler is not eligible to enter the building until Tuesday after starting his COVID testing a day later than the rest of the group.)
Pro Football Focus stats to know about the Broncos' 2020 draft class
Using stats from Pro Football Focus' 2020 NFL Draft guide, we collected some of the top stats and grades to know about each player in the Broncos' 2020 NFL Draft class.
From Jeudy to Tuszka: Here's the Denver Broncos' 2020 NFL Draft class
Here's a quick rundown of who make up the Broncos' 2020 NFL Draft class, with a photo for each pick.