Implications of #Broncos placing Shane Ray on IR
Not too long after news broke that Shane Ray had screws removed from his injured wrist, Ray was placed on season ending IR. While news of this stature is never good, the Broncos find themselves with a 5-9 record with two games to go. Losing Shane Ray to IR isn't all that bad in fact it just means other players are going to be given a chance to step up and show they want to be here. These next two games will be huge for Shaquil Barrett as he's set to be a restricted free agent (RFA) at the end of the season. Shaq Barrett has proven he can come in for Von Miller or Shane Ray and perform at a high level, however he hasn't exactly shown he can consistently perform at a high level in the starting role. Barrett was given his opportunity to start when Shane Ray came down with a wrist injury in training camp the only problem was Shaq Barrett was coming off a hip injury of his own which held him out of training camp and never fully recovered until later in the season. Now that Barrett is relatively healthy and Shane Ray is being placed on IR, you can expect to see Shaq Barrett perform at high level in the starting role. Barrett’s motivation doesn’t just stem from the fact he’s a RFA at the end of the season, he wants to prove he can be an impactful starter whether it be for the Denver Broncos or another team in the future. The Denver Broncos signed Michael Hunter off their practice squad to fill Shane Rays spot on the 53 man roster. Michael Hunter was an undrafted free agent corner back out of Oklahoma St, signing with the New York Giants in 2016 he appeared in 6 games before being waived in October. Hunter then spent time on the New York Jets practice squad before signing with the Denver Broncos.
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