On Monday, the Denver Broncos held an open tryout for more than a dozen free agents. This was done in advance of future contracts, which are typically handed out after the season.
As previously reported, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman was among the group workout, one of three QBs to take part, along with Nic Shimonek and Logan Woodside, per NFL reporter Howard Balzer.
Peterman was released last month following the addition of Matt Barkley, who threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns while leading Buffalo to a resounding victory over the New York Jets in Week 10.
A 2017 seventh-round draft pick from Pittsburgh, Peterman was named the Bills’ season-opening starter, but completed just 5-of-18 passes for 24 yards and two interceptions in a 47-3 dismantling by the Baltimore Ravens. He then lost his job to extremely raw rookie Josh Allen.
Peterman would see time under center due to Allen’s elbow injury, but remained turnover-prone and eventually was replaced by Derek Anderson, who would suffer a concussion, thrusting Peterman back into the spotlight. His final start came in Week 9, when he completed 31-of-49 passes for 188 yards and three interceptions in a 41-9 blowout loss to the Chicago Bears.
An accurate yet physically unimpressive signal-caller, Peterman is best remembered for tossing five — count ’em, five — interceptions in the first half of his first start as a rookie in 2017. He immediately entered the fan’s doghouse, from which he’s yet to surface. A GoFundMe had even been created for Peterman to retire, as the Bills’ faithful had completely given up all hope in him.
Peterman will never be considered a franchise option, or even a legitimate NFL thrower, but the Broncos are smartly doing their due diligence with just Case Keenum and Kevin Hogan on the active roster and Garrett Grayson on the practice squad.
Shimonek is a rookie undrafted free agent who signed with the Los Angeles Chargers after the draft. He was released at final cuts and had a cup of coffee with the Washington Redskins. Shimonek blossomed at Texas Tech under now-former coach Kliff Kingsbury but is viewed strictly as a developmental prospect.
Woodside was a 2018 seventh-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals. He was waived and signed by the Tennessee Titans, who cut bait in September. Last week, Woodside was drafted by the San Antonio Commanders in third round of the 2019 AAF QB Draft. He was a prolific passer at Toledo, collecting over 10,000 career yards and 93 touchdowns across 43 appearances.
Aside from the QBs, according to Balzer, the Broncos also brought in punter Jeff Locke, wide receivers Dres Anderson, Fred Brown, DeAndre Smelter, Ka’Raun White and DeAngelo Yancey, tight end Billy Brown, fullback Dimitri Flowers, running backs Khalfani Muhammad and Akrum Wadley, and offensive linemen Dakoda Shepley and Salesi Uhatafe.
Muhammad was signed to Denver’s practice squad.