Broncos signed seventh-round QB Zac Dysert to a four-year contract.
A favorite of Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris, Dysert was a four-year starter at Miami (OH). Dysert was hurt by a lot of dropped passes and poor line play as a Redhawk, but he's cool under pressure and has a strong-enough arm. He could eventually push Brock Osweiler for No. 2 duties with the Broncos.
Broncos hired Alex Gibbs as offensive consultant.
The team did the same with ex-Colts OC Tom Moore last offseason, and he helped install the Peyton Manning offense with Mike McCoy and Adam Gase. Gibbs will be around longer, working with OL coach Dave Magazu to increase Denver's use of zone-run concepts. Gibbs is considered the Godfather of Zone Blocking, as his old Broncos lines paved the way for Terrell Davis and two Super Bowl wins. New Broncos feature back Montee Ball is an adept one-cut runner.
The Denver Post thinks fifth-round WR Tavarres King has a "good chance" of becoming the Broncos' No. 4 receiver as a rookie.
It's notable because the Broncos run so much out of their three-wide sets, and King would be an injury away from becoming relevant. King is a straight-line speedster with 4.47 wheels who averaged 22.6 YPR on 42 catches as a senior. Demaryius Thomas has missed 11 games in three seasons due to injury.
Broncos signed No. 146 overall pick DE Quanterus Smith to a four-year contract.
A potential fifth-round steal because he's recovering from a November ACL tear, Smith flashed edge-bending pass-rush ability and excellent technique while pacing the nation in sacks per game before his injury. Smith is sitting out rookie minicamp. He could wind up contributing late in the season as a rookie.
Broncos signed fifth-round WR Tavarres King to a four-year contract.
A speedster with adequate size at just over 6-feet-tall and 189 pounds, King averaged 22.6 yards per reception as a senior for the Georgia Bulldogs. Eric Decker is in a contract year and Wes Welker won't last forever, so there is some opportunity at the end of the tunnel if King shows well as a rookie.
NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes rookie Montee Ball is an "ideal fit" for the Broncos' offense.
Cosell cited Ball's "burst, fluidity, and ability to get skinny at the point of attack" as reasons why he's already the most talented back on Denver's roster. While Ball was often criticized for lacking "special" qualities at Wisconsin, on college tape we were enamored with his better-than-advertised first-step burst, high-effort efficiency, and consistent downhill run style, never dancing in the backfield. He's going to be a high-upside RB2 as a rookie.
According to the Denver Post, the Broncos "would like" Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman to be their "one-two running punch" this season.
The club is expected to release either Willis McGahee or Knowshon Moreno, with a slight lean toward McGahee due to his more severe 2012 injury, age, and cost. In an ideal scenario, rookie Ball would run away with the Broncos' feature back job and Hillman would work in as a change-of-pace back. The team does not consider 2012 third-rounder Hillman a viable option to play starter's snaps.