Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The NFL's a "Real Job," Says Denver Cornerback Omar Bolden

The NFL isn't a real job, you say?  Slap yourself, says Denver Broncos cornerback Omar Bolden.
The Broncos kicked off minicamp this afternoon, apparently at eight o'clock in the morning. Practices will run through Thursday as the team installs the final tune-ups before training camp commences in late July.

Bolden (24, 5'10", 195 pounds) is a second-year defensive back that joined the team out of Arizona State as a fourth-round (101st overall) draft pick in 2012.  As a rookie, Bolden saw little playing time, recording just 13 tackles.

But Bolden is motivated to earn more playing time in 2013.  When asked in January if Bolden has the potential to become a starter, team executive John Elway responded:
"You bet,"  Elway told the Denver Post. "He's a fighter.  His comment to me was that he is going to come back for next season and take somebody's job."
If Bolden is going to secure a starting gig this summer, he's going to have to work for it.

This offseason, the Broncos signed free-agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a two-year, $10 million contract in March, drafted Kayvon Webster out of University of South Florida in the third round of April's draft and signed free-agent defensive back Quentin Jammer to a one-year, $1 million contract in May.

In addition to DRC, Webster, and Jammer, returning starters Champ Bailey and Chris Harris will be back, as will be Tony Carter.  That's a whole lot of cornerback depth—and a whole lot of competition.

The fun's just starting, Omar.