Broncos Draft Preview Capsule
10. DENVER (6-10)
LAST SEASON: John Elway brushed aside two consecutive dreadful drafts (which netted first-rounders Paxton Lynch and Garett Bolles) and hit mother lode with Bradley Chubb,...
Broncos offer mixed bag for next head coach
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Whoever replaces Vance Joseph as the Denver Broncos' fourth head coach in six seasons may not find a franchise quarterback awaiting him.
Broncos careen into another offseason of uncertainty
DENVER (AP) — In early August, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was so impressed by Denver's revamped offense directed by new quarterback Case Keenum that he declared the Broncos would score more points in 2018 than they had in five years.
Thirty a game, 480 total, something the Broncos hadn't done since 2014 when they tallied 482 on the heels of the Peyton Manning-fueled, record-breaking 606-point season.
FANTASY PLAYS: Watch for wacky in last 2 weeks of season
Week 17 typically plays out as one of the more bizarre weeks in the NFL with some intense playoff battles, some teams giving up early and others resting their stars to get a look at some younger talent.
Because of this, most season-long fantasy championships are held during Week 16 and some of the biggest daily fantasy tournaments will conclude with "main event" prize pools this week, but savvy fantasy players should still be on the lookout for traps similar to the last week of the season.
Broncos activate Cravens, promote Cracraft
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos will be without starters Bradley Roby, Darian Stewart, Brandon Marshall and rookie returner DaeSean Hamilton for their game against the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The Broncos activated safety Su'a Cravens off injured reserve and replaced receiver Isaiah McKenzie with River Cracraft on Friday.
Broncos Preview Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
New faces: QB Case Keenum, RB Royce Freeman, RB Phillip Lindsay, WR Courtland Sutton, WR DaeSean Hamilton, RT Jared Veldheer, CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, DE Clinton McDonald, ILB Jose Jewell, OLB Bradley Chubb, ILB Alexander Johnson, CB Tramaine Brock, S Su'a Cravens, CB Isaac Yiadom, P Marquette King.
Key losses: CB Aqib Talib, QB Trevor Siemian, QB Brock Osweiler, RB C.J. Anderson, TE Virgil Green, WR Cody Latimer, OL Menelik Watson, S Jamal Carter, P Riley Dixon.
Undrafted underdog Lindsay making his mark with Broncos
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway's much-celebrated 2018 draft class is turning heads at the Broncos' training camp, particularly ex-SMU receiver Courtland Sutton, a second-round pick whose spectacular catches have become a daily occurrence.
Big applauses also greet draft picks Bradley Chubb, Josey Jewell and DaeSean Hamilton along with another rookie who went undrafted.
Broncos’ 2018 draft class already earning high praise
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Rookie receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton are the Denver Broncos' new safety valves, applying the pressure but also relieving the burden on veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders .
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — When the Denver Broncos reported to training camp they were met by cushy new team and position meeting rooms and an expanded training room that features two cryogenic chambers and a flotation pod along with other amenities courtesy of a $9.5 million facilities face-lift that capped a five-year, $45 million renovation.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have signed Mark Chapman, a rookie wide receiver from Central Michigan University who was the top overall selection in the 2018 Canadian Football League draft.
Chapman didn't sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and now is taking a longshot at playing in the NFL, an opportunity that arose after two receivers failed to report to training camp this week.
Former Penn State and Mt. Lebanon safety Troy Apke became the first WPIAL player drafted Saturday when the Washington Redskins chose him with the ninth pick in the fourth round (109 overall).
His Penn State teammate, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, was selected four picks later by the Denver Broncos. That makes four Nittany Lions drafted in the first four rounds, following running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Mike Gesicki.
Every NFL franchise had at least one representative at Penn State's Pro Day on Tuesday — a good sign for Nittany Lion prospects.
But what teams have Penn State players been hearing from the most? And which clubs would offer the best situation for the likes of Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki and DaeSean Hamilton?
Here's a breakdown of the ideal fits for Penn State prospects, based on which Nittany Lions disclosed specific team interest.
NFL writer: Pitt’s O’Neill struggles, Penn State’s Hamilton shines at Senior Bowl
NFL writer Matt Miller, who covers the draft for Bleacher Report, was in Mobile, Ala., last week keeping an eye on the top prospects.
He came away with questions about former Pitt offensive tackle Brian O'Neill, but he also sees a future for him in the NFL.
Meanwhile, he listed wide receivers DaeSean Hamilton of Penn State and Oklahoma State's James Washington (two guys Pitt fans remember all too well) among players who made themselves some money with their Senior Bowl efforts.
Another offseason has brought another round of changes for Penn State’s coaching staff.
Receivers coach Josh Gattis, who guided the likes of Chris Godwin, DaeSean Hamilton and Juwan Johnson to success in four seasons with the Nittany Lions, officially announced Tuesday he has left the program.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Penn State might’ve been able to compete for a national championship in 2016, or at least avoid the spectre of a loss to rival Pittsburgh, if he had been able to haul in a long touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter on a blistering hot day at Heinz Field. That fact has galled DaeSean Hamilton.
On Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium, though, Hamilton got his vindication.
No. 9 Penn State tops No. 12 Washington 35-28 in Fiesta Bowl
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Converting on third downs had been a sore spot at Penn State, so coach James Franklin made it a point of emphasis in spring ball and fall camp.
The Nittany Lions kept working at it during the season and kept getting better, peaking at the perfect time.
Trace McSorley threw for 342 yards and had both of his touchdown passes to DaeSean Hamilton on third-down plays, helping No. 9 Penn State outlast No. 12 Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.
Quarterback: Not sure there’s much to complain about with Trace McSorley’s play lately. He led the Nittany Lions with 44 rushing yards, then completed 16 of 21 throws for 214 yards. He accounted for three touchdowns and calmly got Penn State on track after a slow start. GRADE: A- Running back: Saquon Barkley had his big moments, as he always seems to have. He also scored two touchdowns, which he always seems to get. But he gained just 35 yards on 14 carries, with little room most plays. Early on...
No. 2 Penn State rely on receivers to win 1-on-1 matchups
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Long after their teammates had left Penn State's practice field Wednesday night, DaeSean Hamilton, Juwan Johnson and Mike Gesicki trotted to midfield to play catch.
For Hamilton and Gesicki, Penn State's all-time receptions leaders at receiver and tight end, respectively, it's been the norm for years. Lately, Johnson's gotten in additional work, too.
PLAYER OF THE GAME QB Trace McSorley, Penn State After a slow start, the junior quarterback completed 3 of 4 passes for 65 yards and ran for a 3-yard touchdown on Penn State’s key closing-minute touchdown drive in the first half, and he took off from there. He scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a daring 13-yard run to the end zone that helped the Nittany Lions to a comfortable 15-point lead in the third quarter. Finished with 282 passing yards, 76 rushing yards and four...
Hamilton has 3 TD catches, No. 4 Penn State beats Indiana
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — DaeSean Hamilton began his Penn State career uncertain he'd ever get a chance to contribute. He'll end it with the most receptions in Nittany Lions history.
The fifth-year senior caught nine passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns and broke the school receptions mark in No. 4 Penn State's 45-14 victory over Indiana on Saturday.
No. 5 Penn State tunes up for Big Ten against Georgia State
Georgia State (0-1) at No. 5 Penn State (2-0), Saturday 7:30 p.m. (BTN).
Overlooked receivers ready to compliment Penn State offense
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — When lingering high school injuries cost him his first college football season, DaeSean Hamilton turned to the Penn State record book for motivation during his recovery.
Nearly five years later, Hamilton's name is nearing the tops of those pages.
Penn State Preview: Key Matchups, Depth Charts And Players To Watch Against Rutgers
Depth Charts PENN STATE OFFENSE XWR: 12 Chris Godwin, 84 Juwan Johnson LT: 52 Ryan Bates, 76 Sterling Jenkins LG: 57 Steven Gonzalez, 55 Wendy Laurent C: 72 Brian Gaia, 55 Wendy Laurent RG: 66 Connor McGovern, 53 Derek Dowrey RT: 77 Chasz Wright, 75 Brendan Brosnan TE: 88 Mike Gesicki, 89 Tom Pancoast HWR: 5 DaeSean Hamilton, 3 DeAndre Thompkins QB: 9 Trace McSorley, 2 Tommy Stevens RB: 26 Saquon Barkley, 6 Andre Robinson ZWR: 13 Saeed Blacknall, 3 DeAndre Thompkins DEFENSE DE: 94 Evan Schwan,...
PSU’s Hamilton Hoping To Get Past Pitt Drop, On With New Role
Perhaps it’s all just coincidence. The fact he’s the one who sprinted past the defensive back as quarterback Trace McSorley’s pass arched toward him. The understanding that hauling in that pass might turn out to be the biggest play, the ultimate turning point, in what had been a see-saw game against Indiana with everything on the line for his team. The significance of the situation never got lost on DaeSean Hamilton. Even in that moment, the junior who has more receptions than all but five...
Penn State Preview: Players To Watch, Key Matchups And Game Prediction
Depth Charts PENN STATE OFFENSE XWR: 12 Chris Godwin, 84 Juwan Johnson LT: 73 Paris Palmer, 71 Will Fries LG: 52 Ryan Bates, 57 Steven Gonzalez C: 72 Brian Gaia, 55 Wendy Laurent RG: 66 Connor McGovern, 53 Derek Dowrey RT: 70 Brendan Mahon, 77 Chasz Wright TE: 88 Mike Gesicki, 89 Tom Pancoast HWR: 5 DaeSean Hamilton, 13 Saeed Blacknall QB: 9 Trace McSorley, 2 Tommy Stevens RB: 26 Saquon Barkley, 6 Andre Robinson ZWR: 3 DeAndre Thompkins, 11 Irvin Charles DEFENSE DE: 94 Evan Schwan, 48 Shareef...
Penn State wary of Michigan’s Peppers in all three phases
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — It's hard not to notice Michigan's Jabrill Peppers on film.
His athletic ability stands out to Penn State (2-1) players who've watched him all week as they prepare to face Michigan's dynamic playmaker and the No. 4 Wolverines (3-0) on Saturday. But there's something else, something unique.
"He's all over the place," Penn State wideout DaeSean Hamilton said. "We call those type of guys game-wreckers. We need to make sure they don't come in and wreck the game."
Penn State Vs. Temple: Depth Charts, Players To Watch, Key Matchups And Prediction
DEPTH CHARTS Penn State OFFENSE XWR: 12 Chris Godwin, 84 Juwan Johnson LT: 70 Brendan Mahon, 73 Paris Palmer LG: 52 Ryan Bates, 55 Wendy Laurent C: 72 Brian Gaia, 55 Wendy Laurent RG: 53 Derek Dowrey, 66 Connor McGovern RT: 59 Andrew Nelson, 77 Chasz Wright TE: 88 Mike Gesicki, 89 Tom Pancoast HWR: 5 DaeSean Hamilton, 10 Brandon Polk QB: 9 Trace McSorley, 2 Tommy Stevens RB: 26 Saquon Barkley, 6 Andre Robinson ZWR: 3 DeAndre Thompkins, 11 Irvin Charles DEFENSE DE: 94 Evan Schwan, 19 Torrence...
PITTSBURGH — There is no Penn State player these last few years who has been more upbeat after losses — nailbiters and blowouts alike — than DaeSean Hamilton.
He has seen the forest for the trees fairly consistently since he made his debut in Ireland in 2014. Since then, he has caught 138 passes. He’s a steady-as-it-gets receiver. The type of guy on which the Nittany Lions offense could rely in the times it couldn’t rely on much of anything.
PITTSBURGH — There is no Penn State player these last few years who has been more upbeat after losses — nailbiters and blowouts alike — than DaeSean Hamilton. He has seen the forest for the trees fairly consistently since he made his debut in Ireland in 2014. Since then, he has caught 138 passes. He’s a steady-as-it-gets receiver. The type of guy on which the Nittany Lions offense could rely in the times it couldn’t rely on much of anything. Saturday afternoon, in the bowels of Heinz Field, he...
Penn St Vs. Pitt Preview: Depth Charts, Key Matchups And Game Prediction
TEAM DEPTH CHARTS Penn State OFFENSE XWR: 12 Chris Godwin, 84 Juwan Johnson LT: 70 Brendan Mahon, 73 Paris Palmer LG: 52 Ryan Bates, 55 Wendy Laurent C: 72 Brian Gaia, 55 Wendy Laurent RG: 53 Derek Dowrey, 66 Connor McGovern RT: 59 Andrew Nelson, 77 Chasz Wright TE: 88 Mike Gesicki, 89 Tom Pancoast HWR: 5 DaeSean Hamilton, 3 DeAndre Thompkins QB: 9 Trace McSorley, 2 Tommy Stevens RB: 26 Saquon Barkley, 6 Andre Robinson ZWR: 12 Saeed Blacknall, 11 Irvin Charles DEFENSE DE: 94 Evan Schwan, 19...
McSorley, Barkley lead Penn State over Kent State 33-13
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Trace McSorley threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and Saquon Barkley ran for another score to lift Penn State over Kent State 33-13 in the season openers for both teams on Saturday.
Barkley finished with 105 yards rushing, and Tyler Davis chipped in two field goals for the Nittany Lions. A 29-yard field goal in the second quarter gave Penn State the lead for good.