The first preseason game for the Denver Broncos ended in a 21-16 victory over the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. While the game had more than its fair share of penalties and scuffles from last year’s big game, there was a player on the Broncos roster who really stood out to a lot of people.
Juwan Thompson, an undrafted rookie out of Duke University, made a huge case as to why he should be selected as one of the players to make the final roster with his strong showing in the second half of the victory. While he only had six carries for 59 yards, it was his showing on how powerful and somewhat fast of a runner he can be. I was clearly impressed with his performance as he was running defenders over and getting into the open field. His 20-yard run was what helped set up a touchdown for the Broncos.
With Montee Ball recovering from an appendectomy and C.J. Anderson knocked out of the game with a concussion, Thompson has found another opportunity to further impress the coaching staff. The Broncos have a history of having at least one UDFA make the final roster. That might change this year if he continues running the ball like he did Thursday night. He and fellow college teammate Kenny Anunike could both make the final roster.
While Kapri Bibbs also had a strong showing in the game, I was amazed by what Thompson brought to the table in his first preseason game. His performance could allow him to not only make the team, but become an important part of the Broncos’ offense. Keep an eye on him as preseason continues on. If he can keep up the solid work in the running game, there is no doubt in my mind that he will be suiting up on Sundays starting in September.