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  • #1 by gchamblee on 06 Sep 2017
  • http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-sign-RB-Jonathan-Williams-to-practice-squad/7dc4ef44-02e7-420a-8794-bebe5bd8d70c

    "ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos rounded out their 10-man practice squad Wednesday by signing running back Jonathan Williams."
  • #2 by Wildhog on 06 Sep 2017
  • Terrible situation for making an active roster, but they're paying him well.  Above the league minimum.
  • #3 by gchamblee on 06 Sep 2017
  • Terrible situation for making an active roster, but they're paying him well.  Above the league minimum.

    I think he will take advantage of the opportunity. He seems like the kind of young man that will turn some heads if given the opportunity. I think he just got lost in the mix of a crowded backfield at Buffalo.
  • #4 by Wildhog on 06 Sep 2017
  • I think he will take advantage of the opportunity. He seems like the kind of young man that will turn some heads if given the opportunity. I think he just got lost in the mix of a crowded backfield at Buffalo.

    The backfield is WAY more crowded in Denver than it was in Buffalo.
  • #5 by gchamblee on 06 Sep 2017
  • The backfield is WAY more crowded in Denver than it was in Buffalo.

    Which is more impressive that they wanted him on their practice squad. Elway is no idiot when it comes to talent evaluation.
  • #6 by Wildhog on 06 Sep 2017
  • Which is more impressive that they wanted him on their practice squad. Elway is no idiot when it comes to talent evaluation.

    Are we arguing?  I don't even know.

    JWill went from #2 on the depth chart to a practice squad.  It's obviously a worse situation for making an active roster.  I'm just glad he's making a good living playing football.  He deserves it.
  • #7 by gchamblee on 06 Sep 2017
  • They gave him 500k to be on the practice team. There is no way he doesn't crack the roster of the team. Elway must see something in him.
  • #8 by gchamblee on 06 Sep 2017
  • Are we arguing?  I don't even know.

    JWill went from #2 on the depth chart to a practice squad.  It's obviously a worse situation for making an active roster.  I'm just glad he's making a good living playing football.  He deserves it.

    lol no we arent arguing. you know i respect your opinion even when we disagree.
  • #9 by Wildhog on 06 Sep 2017
  • They gave him 500k to be on the practice team. There is no way he doesn't crack the roster of the team. Elway must see something in him.

    Are they going to carry five RB's on the active roster?
  • #10 by gchamblee on 06 Sep 2017
  • Are they going to carry five RB's on the active roster?

    Now you are asking questions I can't answer. My NFL knowledge is pretty pedestrian.
  • #11 by KlubhouseKonnected on 06 Sep 2017
  • Are they going to carry five RB's on the active roster?

    This tellms me they plan to use Jamal Charles regularly in rotation and are hedging their bets against his nearly inevitable season ending injury in game 4.
  • #12 by KlubhouseKonnected on 06 Sep 2017
  • Buffalo had zero on the field reasons to cut Jonathan. This was a baffling move on their part. 
  • #13 by Wildhog on 06 Sep 2017
  • This tellms me they plan to use Jamal Charles regularly in rotation and are hedging their bets against his nearly inevitable season ending injury in game 4.

    Yeah, I'm very curious to see how the reps are split in that backfield.  I have CJ Anderson in one of my leagues.
  • #14 by KlubhouseKonnected on 06 Sep 2017
  • Yeah, I'm very curious to see how the reps are split in that backfield.  I have CJ Anderson in one of my leagues.

    I took Charles very late and got mocked
  • #15 by Tejano Jawg on 06 Sep 2017
  • Buffalo had zero on the field reasons to cut Jonathan. This was a baffling move on their part. 

    I haven't read any NFL news lately (regarding the Hogs…just what I've seen here). But since camp started, all I heard were really good things about JW in Buffalo. Not 'pretty good' stuff, but 'great' things—so said some of their publications. Yeah, what happened?
  • #16 by gchamblee on 06 Sep 2017
  • I haven't read any NFL news lately (regarding the Hogs…just what I've seen here). But since camp started, all I heard were really good things about JW in Buffalo. Not 'pretty good' stuff, but 'great' things—so said some of their publications. Yeah, what happened?

    Most everyone reporting on this is framing it as a head scratcher. Denver is paying him a lot of money for a practice squad, and Buffalo had no good reason to release him. It seems weird, but I hope its a great situation for JW. Imagine 2 top AFC teams having multiple Hogs on their roster. AJ Derby is having success at Denver as well.
  • #17 by k.c.hawg on 06 Sep 2017
  • Very seldom does an NFL team pay a player they claim full league minimum for a practice squad slot. He got the league minimum for a 2nd year player minus this years pro rated bonus he received from Buffalo. After looking it up he is the highest paid player in practice squad history. You don't pay that if you believe in the 5 RB's you have on your roster. Someone is getting the good bye look when Williams gets up to speed.
  • #18 by razobak on 06 Sep 2017
  • The best possible reason I've heard for Buffalo releasing JWill is that they are actively tanking for draft picks. JWill wasn't expensive, he's on year 2 or 3 of his rookie contract, and he was due to give LeSean McCoy a capable backup in the backfield. Now, they have a bunch of nobodies backing up McCoy, and I believe they will be worse for it. Which I think is their goal. Languishing in years of 6-10 and 7-9 seasons like they have done for a long time is getting them nowhere.
  • #19 by onebadrubi on 06 Sep 2017
  • Terrible situation for making an active roster, but they're paying him well.  Above the league minimum.

    Does being on the practice squad still you get you tenure for retirement, insurance, pension, etc?  If so, it's a great place to be for making league minimum while assuming he will be one of the top pick ups after a few drop with injuries like happens every year.
  • #20 by 3kgthog on 06 Sep 2017
  • There's got to be more to this story than Buffalo tanking. He went for DAYS without being picked up while BA was grabbed in less than 24 hrs. I realize QBs are more valued, but BA has more limited appearances to evaulate compared to JWill.
  • #21 by hawkhawg on 06 Sep 2017
  • I haven't been following Denver but I know they have a ton of backs.  Who is leading the pack?
  • #22 by Wildhog on 06 Sep 2017
  • I haven't been following Denver but I know they have a ton of backs.  Who is leading the pack?


    CJ Anderson and Jamaal Charles should split most of the work.  They've also got a couple of good young backs in Henderson and Booker.
  • #23 by a0ashle on 06 Sep 2017
  • The whole situation is strange. A good #2 to practice squad? My only guess is that the practice squad is just a place for him to get up to speed before he takes a roster spot. They really like their top 3 here, I'll listen to local sports guys to see what they say.
  • #24 by bennyl08 on 06 Sep 2017
  • Buffalo's released reason was special teams. Their other backups played on special teams and JWill didn't.

    However, it isn't like it was close and special teams was a tie breaker. JWill was #2 and everybody else a distant third.

    The HC asked if there were any off the field concerns given the complete lack of on field concerns and the coach said absolutely not. IIRC, JWill did have the DUI early last year, but that's the only thing.
  • #25 by KlubhouseKonnected on 06 Sep 2017
  • Buffalo's released reason was special teams. Their other backups played on special teams and JWill didn't.

    However, it isn't like it was close and special teams was a tie breaker. JWill was #2 and everybody else a distant third.

    The HC asked if there were any off the field concerns given the complete lack of on field concerns and the coach said absolutely not. IIRC, JWill did have the DUI early last year, but that's the only thing.

    Additionally I think Williams was acquitted on that DUI charge iirc so even that concern should have been lowered you would think
  • #26 by gchamblee on 06 Sep 2017
  • Additionally I think Williams was acquitted on that DUI charge iirc so even that concern should have been lowered you would think

    He was. It never made it to court.
  • #27 by TexHog188 on 06 Sep 2017
  • Are players on the practice squad eligible to be signed by other teams?  Or must there be a trade involved?
  • #28 by bennyl08 on 06 Sep 2017
  • Are players on the practice squad eligible to be signed by other teams?  Or must there be a trade involved?

    Teams get the chance to make a better offer first.

    However, yeah, you can sign off of anyone's practice squad. IIRC, Kiero was bought off of one practice squad and onto another before later being activated to the 53 man roster.
  • #29 by KlubhouseKonnected on 06 Sep 2017
  • Are players on the practice squad eligible to be signed by other teams?  Or must there be a trade involved?

    Which is why the amount Denver is paying him is so significant, it means they intend to keep him.
  • #30 by Rudy Baylor on 11 Sep 2017
  • good job Jonathan!
  • #31 by Rudy Baylor on 14 Sep 2017
  • Which is why the amount Denver is paying him is so significant, it means they intend to keep him.

    "shelf life" of an average NFL running back is not long - hope he cashes in
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