During the 2013 season, the Denver Broncos special teams had its Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde moments and Trindon Holliday was a huge part of it. He had the ability to return one for a touchdown at any moment, but he had issues holding on to the football. We saw in Super Bowl 48 that special teams could be the difference in the game as Percy Harvin returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown, which took away any chance of a Broncos comeback. With Holliday leaving, the Broncos waited until after the draft to possibly find his successor, Fresno State wide receiver Isaiah Burse.
Burse has a lot of potential to become a huge part of the Broncos offense, but will be looking to contribute in a big way on special teams if he makes the final roster. His ability to make defenders miss, whether he is returning on special teams or is running after the catch, is quite remarkable. To think, with all of those qualities in a wide receiver and return specialist, it is shocking that he went undrafted.
Perhaps the key characteristics that led Burse to going undrafted is his size and his inability to power through to break the tackle. While he is taller than Holliday, it is never easy for a player who is under six-foot to perform at a high level in the NFL. Burse has the potential to become one of the few players under the six-foot height who will be successful.
Unless there is some fallback, I foresee Burse’s name on the final roster before the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. It may take him a while to crack a starting role as a wide receiver with Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker in the mix, but he should make the roster as a special teams contributor. There is also the chance he could become a huge weapon in Peyton Manning‘s offense if he impresses during training camp and the preseason.
This electric wide out could be the next big star in the Mile High City. He will most certainly be looked as the underdog due to his size and inability to show power, but his skills allow him to also perhaps become the next Devin Hester, especially early on in his career.