The Denver Broncos have stayed local with a fourth quarterback for training camp with the signing of Colorado State’s Nick Stevens.
Despite saying they wouldn’t add a fourth quarterback, the Broncos add the 23-year-old to the team’s 90-man roster as an undrafted free agent after three years as the Rams’ starter.
While the California native is unlikely to make the final 53-man roster in September, he could see some action in training camp and preseason behind Case Keenum, Chad Kelly, and Paxton Lynch with the extended roster boasting 13 wide receivers and six tight ends.
The past couple of days have been absolutely CRAZY! I am incredibly blessed to have signed with the Denver Broncos this week! I’m thankful to everyone in this amazing organization for this opportunity, and look forward to learning from the great coaching staff and QBs in the room pic.twitter.com/IO3jg58q8F
— Nick Stevens (@stevens7nick) May 19, 2018
Stevens, who played high school football with Broncos safety Su’a Cravens at Vista Murrieta and was on the same team as running back Phillip Lindsay in the 2018 East–West Shrine Game, is the Rams’ all-time leader with 70 touchdowns and his 8,554 passing yards were second to Garrett Grayson, who was a third-round draft pick for the New Orleans Saints in 2015 and has been with the Atlanta Falcons since 2017.
In 2017, he completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,804 yards and 29 touchdowns, enough to lead the Mountain West Conference in passing touchdowns, passing yards, total yards and completion percentage.
Stevens follows in the footsteps of Northern Colorado QB Kyle Sloter as a local prospect added to the roster after working with former Rams and NFL coach Steve Fairchild.
With Kelly rehabbing injuries and unable to participate last year, Sloter was brought in to be a camp arm behind competing QBs Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, impressing enough to make it on to the Broncos’ practice squad after the Broncos brought back veteran Brock Osweiler after Lynch’s preseason injury.
Sloter was then plucked away by the Minnesota Vikings. After Sam Bradford went down early in the season, Sloter became Case Keenum’s understudy for most of the Vikings’ ride to the NFC Championship game.
Stevens chances of making a roster in 2017 might be slim, but Sloter showed that an undrafted rookie QB can go some way if they show up when their chance comes.
The latest addition sees the Broncos’ roster restored to 90 ahead of OTAs next week.