QB Kelly, TE Butt, LB Barrett will go on non­foot­ball in­jury list Eyes on the prize

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

Bron­cos rookie quar­ter­back Chad Kelly, tight end Jake Butt and out­side line­backer Shaquil Barrett will be placed on the Bron­cos’ non­foot­ball in­jury list when train­ing camp be­gins Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to a league source. Nose tackle Kyle Peko, who is re­cov­er­ing from a frac­ture in his foot, will be on the team’s phys­i­cally un­able to per­form (PUP) list.

The Bron­cos also waived line­backer Josh Ban­deras, an un­drafted free agent from Ne­braska.

Kelly, the No. 253 pick in the draft, re­cently shed the cast on his right (throw­ing) wrist, which he in­jured be­fore the NFL draft.

Butt is re­cov­er­ing from a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate liga­ment that he suf­fered his se­nior sea­son at Michi­gan. And Barrett is mend­ing from a hip in­jury that he suf­fered while work­ing out on his own dur­ing the off­sea­son. The in­jury did not re­quire surgery and the Bron­cos still ex­pect Barrett to play a key role on their de­fense this sea­son in the wake of DeMar­cus Ware’s re­tire­ment. Peko broke his right foot dur­ing the off­sea­son pro­gram and un­der­went surgery.

O-line shuf­fle

Dur­ing the off­sea­son pro­gram, coach Vance Joseph reshuf­fled his of­fen­sive line, mov­ing Max Gar­cia to left guard and vet­eran free-agent ac­qui­si­tion Ron Leary to right guard.

Leary, who signed with the Bron­cos in March, had play­ing pri­mar­ily on the left side dur­ing his time with the Cow­boys.

“It’s go­ing to be an ad­just­ment, but I spent the last cou­ple of weeks re­ally work­ing on that,” Leary said. “I got some good work at, but I wouldn’t have made the switch if I didn’t think I could do it. I’m look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.”

Leary said Joseph and of­fen­sive line coach Jeff Davidson gave him the op­tion of mov­ing.

“I wanted to do what­ever to help the team,” Leary said. “So I made the switch.”

This one’s for mom

Bron­cos rookie DeMar­cus Walker, a sec­ond-round pick from Florida State, bought his mother a new house in Jack­sonville, Fla., and a car this sum­mer.

“Com­ing up from where I’m from, I’ve been through the strug­gle, like ev­ery com­mon ath­lete,” he said. “Get­ting my mom out of the ’hood and get­ting her a car, that was the best thing I’ve done in my life, be­cause that woman sac­ri­ficed and brought me into this world. She took care of me for 22 years. It’s time for me to take care of her now.” First-round of­fen­sive tackle Garett Bolles said he feels con­fi­dent head­ing into train­ing camp in large part be­cause of the time he spent work­ing against edge rush­ers Von Miller and Shane Ray, and work­ing with vet­eran line­men Mene­lik Wat­son and Leary.

“Those are guys I look up to a lot,” Bolles said. “I have a leader that plays cen­ter in Matt Par­adis. Those guys lit­er­ally help me ev­ery sin­gle day. I trust in them. I be­lieve in them. Ev­ery­thing that they tell me, I just take to a whole dif­fer­ent notch so I can be ready to play.”

Bolles said he’s look­ing for­ward to re­ceiv­ing live reps in the pre­sea­son to gain even more com­fort in the new sys­tem, get ac­cli­mated with the pro speed and be more con­sis­tent, es­pe­cially in his pass set.

“If I don’t start, that’s my fault be­cause I wasn’t pre­pared,” he said of try­ing to win the left tackle job. “I wasn’t do­ing the things I needed to do. If I do what I can do, and do ev­ery­thing I can pos­si­ble, then I have a good chance.”

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