Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) meets with New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) after the game October 12, 2014 at Metlife Stadium.
Breathe easy, Carlos Henderson and Jeff Heuerman. Tuesday, Broncos coach Vance Joseph shot down the idea the Broncos had interest in signing former Denver receiver Eric Decker or tight end Gary Barnidge.
Decker, a 2010 third-round pick, spent his first four seasons in Denver before signing with the New York Jets in 2014. He was released over the weekend. Decker would profile well as a secondary slot receiver at this point in his career, but Joseph isn’t planning any reunions.
“We’ve drafted two young guys that we’re excited about. It’s a full room, guys,” Joseph said. “It’s going to be tough to find six to make our roster. We can’t add anyone right now. We’re satisfied with what we got in that room.”
There’s space in the tight end room, but Joseph said they are “not really” interested in Barnidge, the former Browns tight end, right now.
Switching of the guards. The Broncos shook up their starting offensive line just prior to the team’s five-week long break before training camp. Ronald Leary, Denver’s premiere free agent signing, moved from left to right guard in order to get third-year man Max Garcia more comfortable on the left side.
“Hopefully, that’s a better mesh for us,” Joseph said. “Leary played left the entire spring and Max played right. We think Max is more comfortable playing left and Ronald, he doesn’t care. So that’s the best thing for us.”
This move will have a bigger impact on continuity, if it lasts until the start of the season. Placing rookie Garett Bolles, should he win the starting left tackle job, next to Garcia is a riskier bet than it would be with Leary.
Garcia started all 16 games at left guard in 2016, but he played both positions in 2015 as a reserve. Leary has spent nearly his entire career at left guard.
Minicamp injuries. The top goals for May and June workouts are staying healthy and learning the system. For the most part, the Broncos had been successful minus Shaquil Barrett‘s off-campus hip injury.
Defensive tackle Kyle Peko suffered a right foot injury during a team drill Tuesday. He limped off the field and into the locker room with the help of trainers. He’s being evaluated.
Tight end A.J. Derby was the only other player not participating with a new injury. Joseph said Derby has a slight hamstring injury that left him 75-to-85 percent, but the coach would rather players not leave minicamp injured.
Footnotes. The Broncos no-fly zone watched Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Del Frisco’s Monday night. Cornerback Chris Harris noted the feud between Cavs fan Aqib Talib and Warriors fan T.J. Ward was more entertaining than the game… Harris also took exception to the Jets trying to steal their “no-fly zone” title on Twitter. “I don’t even know any DBs on their team except Buster Skrine and he’s not close to our level.”