Former Boise State passing tandem and roommates Matt Miller and Grant Hedrick will be reunited in Denver this week.
Miller, the Broncos’ all-time leader in receptions, and Hedrick, the starting quarterback who led them to a Fiesta Bowl title last season, accepted free-agent offers from the Denver Broncos at the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
“What are the odds of that happening?” Hedrick said.
Miller received a contract. Hedrick was invited for a tryout at the rookie minicamp.
Both face challenges to make the roster, but all they wanted was a chance.
Miller hasn’t played or practiced since September because of an ankle injury that ended his senior season and left him a little nervous going into Saturday.
“You just don’t know what’s going to happen,” Miller said. “I was hoping to get a phone call. I’m pleased and thankful I got that opportunity. ... I’m just going to keep working hard, keep my head down and do whatever it takes to make the team.”
Miller received interest from multiple teams, he said, but his agent zeroed in on the Broncos quickly. Denver has two star wide receivers — Demaryius Thomas (111 catches last year) and Emmanuel Sanders (101) — and a collection of players who are unproven or haven’t done much recently. The team didn’t draft a wide receiver, either.
Hedrick hopes to join a quarterback room that features future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, veteran backup Brock Osweiler and third-stringer Zac Dysert. The Broncos also drafted Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian in the seventh round, but he’s recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and won’t be available for the rookie minicamp, Hedrick said.
“They said, ‘You’re going to take all the reps during this minicamp,’ which is awesome,” Hedrick said. “It’s a really good opportunity for me to go in and hopefully stick around a little longer if I do well, and if not, maybe open some doors somewhere else.”
Two other former Boise State players reached agreements with NFL teams. Blake Renaud received a contract from the Minnesota Vikings to play fullback after spending four years as a linebacker at Boise State. Kicker Dan Goodale, who also played at Timberline High, received a minicamp tryout with the Baltimore Ravens.
Troy Ware’s career ends due to injury
Boise State senior wide receiver Troy Ware won’t play this season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained during spring ball, coach Bryan Harsin said Saturday.
The injury has ended Ware’s college career. He’ll graduate this month and return home to California for surgery. He plans to train for the 2016 NFL Draft, Harsin said.
Ware made 12 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown last season. He was expected to contribute heavily this fall as the No. 4 wide receiver.
The injury leaves wide receiver depth as one of Harsin’s biggest concerns going into the fall. The Broncos return their three starters but don’t have any other receivers with significant experience. Redshirt freshmen A.J. Richardson and Sean Modster played well in spring ball.
“The wide receiver depth, that’s a concern,” Harsin said. “We have to make sure that the guys that we have now, that they continue to improve, young guys step up and be ready to play and maybe some of these true freshmen coming in are going to have to be ready. That’s one area we’re going to have to really look at throughout the summer.”
Three Vandals to NFL
Former Idaho defensive tackle Quayshawne Buckley (Buccaneers) and offensive lineman Jesse Davis (Seahawks) landed with NFL teams, according to Buckley on Twitter and Davis’ agent on Twitter. Tight end Justin Podrabsky received a minicamp tryout with the Cowboys, according to the Lewiston Tribune.