The Denver Broncos have lost some defensive depth, as linebacker Corey Nelson looks to be finished for the year.
“Corey Nelson done for the season with an elbow injury,” wrote Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “[Coach Vance] Joseph said Garcia-Williams will be called up tomorrow and likely a practice team O-lineman too.”
That was backed up by Mike Klis of 9News.
“Vance Joseph said [they would] call up Jerrol Garcia-Williams from practice squad to replace Corey Nelson,” he said.
Nelson was a seventh round draft choice back in 2014, out of Oklahoma. Considering that draft spot, he’s actually done pretty well for Denver. He has 106 tackles and a sack in his four years with the team. He had his best year by far in 2016, when he put up 68 tackles. He started six of 16 games that year, his only six starts of his career. Despite the lack of starts, he’s never even missed a game until now, playing in 16 every year and five in 2017.
His knowledge of the defense will be felt, as will the lack of depth. He may not have been starting, but it’s now harder to weather any future injuries.
That job will fall to Garcia-Williams. The 23-year-old Ohio native is 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds. He played his college ball at Hawaii. He did have a serious knee injury during his junior season and took a medical redshirt, so he was with Hawaii for five seasons.
“Jerrol Garcia-Williams certainly has pro talent and the ability to play on [Sundays],” wrote Mile High Report’s Christopher Hart. “He is no stranger to overcoming adversity. The Broncos scouted him throughout the season and displayed most of their interest when they met with him after Hawaii’s Pro Day during the pre-Draft process.”
While the Broncos certainly like what he brings, and undrafted rookies like cornerback Chris Harris have flourished in Denver, it remains to be seen if he can really play at the pro level.
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