Broncos rookie tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, who was selected by Denver in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft, has been inactive for the team’s first four games of the 2020 season.
With starter Noah Fant (ankle) sidelined this week, Okwueghunam might get an opportunity to make his NFL debut against the Patriots in Week 5. When asked about how Okwueghunam has responded to being inactive to start the year, Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said the tight end has handled the situation well.
“I think this is a new age where young players are in there quicker than they might have been 10 years ago, but he’s been doing a great job in practice with the scout team and then he gets limited reps with our offense,” Shurmur said last Thursday. “But he’s been really focused on the task of playing tight end. We like where he’s going and we see improvement each day.”
If Okwuegbunam does play this week, he will likely serve as Denver’s No. 3 tight end behind Jake Butt and Nick Vannett. Broncos fullback Andrew Beck can also play as a tight end if needed.