The first week of minicamp has wrapped up, and the Denver Broncos begin the second week of “Phase 3” of the offseason program on Monday.
During these minicamps, the players can show off the work they did in the offseason while preparing for camp. This is an important time for free-agent additions, rookies and players returning from injury to impress the coaching staff.
They didn’t need to go outside the roster to find the replacement for free-agent departure Knowshon Moreno (Dolphins). Second-year pro Montee Ball is set to be the team’s lead back, and he could prove to be a much better runner than Moreno was.
The players returning from injury last year are like a whole other free-agent class for Denver. Several big-name players like left tackle Ryan Clady and linebacker Von Miller will be working their way back to the starting lineup this year. In addition, players like Rahim Moore and Quanterus Smith will want to prove they can contribute at varying levels in 2014.
The Broncos also have players like Nate Irving trying to earn more playing time this season. Irving has done well as a reserve strong-side linebacker, but the team needs him to excel as a middle linebacker moving forward.
Let’s take a look at the five players whose stock is on the rise after the first week of OTAs.