|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 161 lb.|
|Born:||March 19, 1992|
|Drafted:||2014 / UDFA|
Despite the addition of speedster KJ Hamler in the second round, it would "take a lot" for him to unseat Spencer as the Broncos' primary returner, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Hamler returned 44 kicks for 1,036 yards and 37 punts for 222 yards during his two seasons at Penn State. That production, paired with elite speed, led some to make the immediate assumption that Hamler would come in as a returner. Head coach Vic Fangio dispelled that notion early with reporters, voicing his preference not to use offensive or defensive starters as returners. Not to mention, Spencer finished tenth in the league in total return yards in 2019. The addition of Hamler and Jerry Jeudy may spell trouble for some members of the Broncos' receiving corps, but probably not Spencer.
Spencer will remain with the Broncos after the team placed a contract tender on the exclusive rights free agent Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: The 27-year-old was a solid player in the return game for the Broncos in 2019, returning 15 kickoffs for 436 yards and 26 punts for 208 yards. His offensive potential was a bit limited as a depth option, hauling in six passes for 31 yards. Spencer remains more of a return man and gadget player in the offense, using his speed and elusiveness to provide bursts of big-play potential. It's likely that Spencer will continue to man return duties while operating in a depth fashion on offense for Denver in 2020.
Spencer returned 15 kick offs for 436 yards and 26 punts for 208 yards during the 2019 season. On offense, he added 31 yards on six catches and six yards on three carries. He fumbled thrice during the season.
Analysis: The Broncos added Spencer off of waivers from Pittsburgh just before the start of the season and the CFL veteran quickly provided an answer to Denver's years-long questions at both returner spots. His 29.1 yards per kick return ranked third in the league among players with at least 15 returns and his 8.0 yards per punt return ranked ninth overall. The Broncos tried him out as a gadget player on offense, but his big-play speed did not translate to offense on limited touches and his sure-handedness as a returner did not carry over to offense. He heads into 2020 as an exclusive-rights free agent and Denver figures to keep him for his returning prowess, but will probably add to the receivers room early in the draft, reducing his role on offense.
Spencer, an experienced punt returner from his years in the CFL, will join a Broncos team that was last in the NFL in punt-return average, Troy Renck of ABC 7 Denver reports.
Analysis: The Broncos were holding onto River Cracraft at WR6 primarily because he was the most sure-handed punt returner on the squad. The team upgraded Sunday with the addition of Spencer who, along with ranking seventh in the league this preseason with 103 punt-return yards on seven tries also recorded a 35-yard kick return. On offense, he caught four passes for 39 yards and added 48 yards on two runs. He should be active each game as a punt and, maybe, kick returner and his 4.3-speed could be featured on some gadget-type plays.
Spencer was claimed off waivers by Denver on Sunday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Spencer was one of the last players cut by the Steelers, but quickly found a new team Sunday. It's not likely that the CFL transplant sees many targets on offense, but has a history in the return game and could definitely help out on special teams for 2019.
Spencer caught two of four targets for 22 yards in Thursday night's 25-19 preseason loss to the Panthers.
Analysis: The CFL transplant had an average preseason, catching four of his eight targets in four games. Pittsburgh has a lot of talent at the wide receiver position and Spencer will be hard-pressed to survive Saturday's roster cuts and is more likely to land on the practice squad.
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