ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos do have a few positions where they’d certainly like more depth, especially at quarterback, running back and in the defensive line.
But there is a spot where they don’t have anyone, as in nobody, on the depth chart at the moment and that’s long snapper. Aaron Brewer was released, along with guard Louis Vasquez and tight end Owen Daniels, just before free agency opened.
Brewer had been one of the league’s most consistent players at the job since making the Broncos roster as an undrafted rookie in 2012. He has since signed with the Chicago Bears to rejoin former Broncos coach John Fox and former Broncos special teams coach Jeff Rodgers.
“There are always decisions being made at the end of the season as you get ready for free agency,’’ Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. “Aaron did a good job for us. ... He’s been a consistent snapper. We’ve got to go replace him and it will be tough.’’
And it’s why the Broncos put special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis on the road in recent weeks to work out potential draft prospects at the position, including Portland State’s Kameron Canaday. A former defensive lineman in high school Canaday is one of the most highly regarded snappers in this year’s draft, along with Baylor’s Jimmy Landes, who was the only long snapper invited to the scouting combine.
“That’s something that obviously we’re having to deal with right now,’’ Kubiak said. “ … Joe has been doing it a long time. He’s working through those options. We’ll see. That is a hole for us to fill.’’