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Below we have a list of rookies who have not earned any playing time this season for various reasons.
Defensive End Quanterus Smith
In the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft (146th overall) the Broncos selected pass-rusher Quanterus Smith out of Western Kentucky. Smith had a three-sack performance against Alabama in 2012, but a knee injury cut his season short, which hurt his draft stock.
Smith was shut down for the season in training camp. The Broncos put him on Injured Reserve and we’ll have to wait until next year to see him play.
Quarterback Zac Dysert
In the seventh round of the 2013 NFL draft (234th overall) the Broncos selected quarterback Zac Dysert out of Miami (OH). Dysert was highly rated by some in the pre-draft process, but struggled to impress at the Senior Bowl or the Scouting Combine.
Dysert struggled during training camp and the preseason. However, Denver wanted to keep him around on the active roster so another team wouldn’t scoop him up. Now he runs the scout team for the Broncos.
Guard Vinston Painter
In the sixth round of the 2013 NFL draft (173rd overall) the Broncos selected guard/tackle Vinston Painter out of Virginia Tech. He didn’t make the final roster as the team decided his best spot was on the practice squad.
Linebacker Lerentee McCray
McCray was one of the most coveted undrafted free agents the Broncos picked up this year. They wanted him so badly that he was paid a $17,000 signing bonus to join the team.
He was having an outstanding training camp before an ankle injury in the final preseason game. McCray was put on season-ending Injured Reserve.
Defensive End John Youboty
Youboty was signed after the draft as a priority free agent. He is now on the practice squad to gain valuable experience.
Wide Receiver Chad Bumphis
The Broncos replaced Tavarres King on their practice squad with Chad Bumphis. Bumphis is a rookie from Mississippi State University, who was signed by Miami as a college free agent. He finished second on the Dolphins with nine catches for 138 yards (15.3) during the preseason before being waived by the club.