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