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The player who generated the most buzz at rookie minicamp was wide receiver Isaiah Burse. The language of the NFL is money, and the Broncos handed a larger signing bonus to him ($12,500) than to any other undrafted free agent this year. The team is anxious to see if the investment pays off.
He is anxious to work alongside Wes Welker. After practice on Sunday, Burse could barely contain his excitement when talking about the veteran wideout.
“I can’t wait. Obviously, going through this process, rookie camp, the vets are on a whole other level right now; they’ve got to stay focused and get ready for the season. So they don’t have too much time to sit down with a rookie and try to teach a rookie everything when they’ve got to focus on getting better as well.”
Burse continued, “But every chance I get, I’m taking mental reps out there, and you’re getting all the reps, I’m asking what play this is, how would you run this route, or just stuff like that, and he sits there and takes the time and actually tells me, so that means a lot.”
Burse is ultraquick and lightning-fast in the open field. He has the speed and moves to make defenders miss, and he is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He could make the final roster on his return skills alone.
However, he was a productive wide receiver in college who could also contribute on offense. This was an asset the Broncos didn’t have last year with Trindon Holliday as their return man.
Burse is not the biggest wide receiver, and there is a concern about press coverage knocking him off his route at the line of scrimmage. The rookie feels like that’s something he can improve on with the Broncos.
“You always can get better, but as far as that, I feel like I’m a pretty good route-runner. I feel like if I got pressed, I can get off the press, I feel I can get separation from a defender with ease, but obviously I’ve still got a long way to go. I’ve got a lot of work to do. But I feel like I’m a good route-runner overall.”
Burse’s ability as a receiver and return man could help carve out a spot on the 53-man roster. The Broncos may carry less at another position so they can carry six wide receivers this season.
Chances of making the roster: 85 percent
Chances of making the practice squad: 100 percent if he doesn’t make the active roster