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The talk of rookie minicamp was undrafted wide receiver Isaiah Burse. After he caught 100 passes last year for Fresno State, it was a bit surprising that he went undrafted. The Broncos were able to scoop him up and paid him the largest signing bonus ($12,500) of any of their undrafted free agents this year.
He is incredibly quick, and this makes him dangerous when running after the catch. Once the ball is in his hands, he sees the field well and loves to toy with defenders in the open field. His skill set is perfect for the slot receiver role, and he can also work well as a return man.
Undrafted slot receivers have gone on to star in the NFL. The Broncos' very own Wes Welker is one such player. Burse feels he can learn a lot from Welker.
“Just his body type and the things he does in the slot, and how successful he was. I feel like even in college, I did a lot of stuff he did. I was in the slot, I returned, and the fact that I became an undrafted free agent, that just all goes together. It’s funny how he was an undrafted free agent, too, and he became so successful. Just seeing him is kind of like a dream.
"For me, it’s like I know I can do it. If he can do it—not taking away from his ability or anything—but I know if he can do it, I can do it. I want to learn everything from him so I can be successful, as well, in the future.”
He’s been living up to the hype ever since he stepped onto the field for the Broncos, and Burse is going to make a strong push for the final roster. He’ll initially help as a special teams player, but he has the upside to be much more if he continues to develop his pro game.