ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos Class of ’13 got a little smaller this week. To get linebacker Von Miller on the roster following his six-game suspension, the Broncos waived rookie wide receiver Tavarres King with the idea of bringing him back to the practice squad once he cleared waivers. Instead the Carolina Panthers claimed the rookie and he will join their 53-man roster.
King had been promoted to the Broncos' 53-man roster just days before when the Green Bay Packers had expressed interest in signing him off the Broncos’ practice squad. He elected to stay in Denver with the prospect of moving to the 53-man roster, but then saw the team waive him when Miller returned.
It means the Broncos lost a fifth-round draft pick from last April’s class who many with the team believed was worthy of a roster spot coming out of training camp had the team not elected to keep 11 defensive backs. So, with that in mind, here’s the rookie report, a weekly check-in with how Denver's first-year class is doing:
Running back Montee Ball: Ball played just one snap on offense in the loss to the Colts as the Broncos stuck to a two-man rotation in the backfield with Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman. Ball did add 20 snaps on special teams in the game. His potential for playing time this week against the Redskins might improve, depending on the coaches’ reaction to Hillman’s fumble on the Indianapolis 3-yard line with just over three minutes to play. Ball could be the beneficiary if the Broncos dial back Hillman’s work in the wake of the play.
Quarterback Zac Dysert: Dysert was the No. 3 quarterback against Indianapolis, so ended up being one of the Broncos’ seven game day inactives against the Colts. His usual pregame work with quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp was a little more confined this week as the portable stage country singer Sara Evans would use at halftime was up before the game for a sound check.
Running back C.J. Anderson: He has been a game day inactive each week, including this past Sunday against Indianapolis. It may take an injury at the position for him to crack the game day lineup. Coaches say he has performed well in practice, however, and continues to show the kind of work he flashed in the preseason.
Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams: Facing a more traditional power offense, the Colts offered him some additional playing time Sunday. Williams played 19 snaps on defense and finished with two tackles in the game.
Cornerback Kayvon Webster: With each passing week Webster continues his climb up the depth chart. Over the course of the early going this season he has gone from the choice as the sixth defensive back in the dime package, to playing in the nickel with the injury to Champ Bailey, to Sunday against the Colts when he took snaps in the base defense in place of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Webster also played in some of the specialty packages. In all Webster finished with 53 plays on defense to go with a full slate of 31 snaps on special teams. He finished with three tackles and on defense and repeatedly was challenged in single coverage by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Webster knocked one pass away in man coverage as well. "He makes plays,'' said Broncos coach John Fox. "They tested him a couple of times and I thought he answered it very well. He’s a guy that works very hard and he’s earned the reps gotten”
Practice squad: With King’s loss, the Broncos have just two of their rookie class remaining on the practice squad -- tackle Vinston Painter, a sixth-round pick, was waived in the final cutdown, and defensive end John Youboty, who spent training camp with the Broncos.