Broncos Announce Four Roster Moves Ahead of Week 11 Bout vs. Dolphins

Chad Jensen

On Saturday, the Denver Broncos announced a quartet of roster moves. The team started by activating offensive tackle Elijah Wilkinson from injured reserve to the active roster. 

The Broncos followed that up by 'elevating' three practice squad players to the gameday roster for Week 11's home tilt vs. the Miami Dolphins including tight end Troy Fumagalli, defensive back Alijah Holder, and linebacker Josh Watson. 

Watson was designated as a COVID-19 replacement with Shelby Harris unable to clear protocol in time for the matchup. According to the NFL's 2020 COVID-19 rules, teams can elevate players from their practice squad to replace a player who is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list on top of the two standard practice squad elevations. 

Wilkinson is a fourth-year player who started off the 2020 campaign as the Broncos' starting right tackle. After three games in which he struggled immensely, he suffered an injury to his leg and was placed on IR. 

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Demar Dotson is expected to start on Sunday but Wilkinson will be waiting in the wings ostensibly with both Jake Rodgers and Calvin Anderson banged up. 

Fumagalli was Denver's fifth-round draft pick in 2018. After red-shirting his rookie year as he recovered from a sports hernia surgery, he made his first appearance as a Bronco in 2019 as the third tight end on the totem pole. 

Fumagalli didn't survive the final roster cut-downs at the end of training camp this past summer but the Broncos brought him back to the practice squad after placing Jake Butt, Andrew Beck, and Albert Okwuegbunam on IR. 

Holder is a cornerback-turned-safety who is unlikely to see any snaps on defense (barring injury) but gives the Broncos a willing and able body for their special-teams coverage units. 

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Comments (6)
No. 1-4

Lock hasn’t even had 16 games yet? Donatello has been in the covid hospital treatment and not in the games for 3 weeks? You have to be kidding! Fangio is the best defense mind in the game ! Give drew 2 more years! Draft another quarterback can get draft picks for one of them later. Drew is behind a rough line due to covid. Our best receiver is hurt day one. Won’t go into all the others!!!! Chill ax bronco country. It takes time to build a roster and we’re having a great build now. Cutting off our nose despite our face will set us back more than 2-4 years.


Our QB can throw ,but can not see the field nor can he read the defense pre snap. Resolve this to win period.


Ok here’s my problem with Lock. On almost every pass play there is a receiver open. For some reason he can’t find the open guy. I get that the O line is garbage and he may be shell shocked from the beating he takes but when he does have time he can’t find the open man. Why doesn’t Shurmer Call some rollouts to cut down the field to make the decision easier to hit an open guy or throw it away? Cushenberry is not able to handle the defensive linemen right now, he is not strong enough, so that results in the back getting hit in the backfield and Lock rolling out to his right anyway. A few designed rollouts might alleviate some picks. I don’t expect the Broncos to win any more games but it would be nice to try to develop Lock and at least be competitive until next year. Right now Lock does not have any pocket presence because the line is getting him hammered and he can’t trust them.


He played pretty good today against a good Miami defense with the exception of the early interception...