Broncos waive OL Drew Himmelman and Zack Johnson, TE Shaun Beyer, LB Andre Mintze

About two weeks after the end of the 2022 draft, the Denver Broncos formalized the addition of 13 college free agents, which exceeded its 90-man roster limit in the offseason.

To create space on the roster, Denver waived offensive tackle Drew Himmelman, offensive guard Zack Johnson, tight end Shaun Beyer and outside linebacker Andre Mintze, the team announced Thursday.

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Himmelman joined the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May 2021. The Illinois State product, who did not play in a regular season game, signed a reserve/term contract with the club in January.

Ditto for Johnson, who was originally signed to Denver’s practice squad last November. The 2020 UDFA was a 46-game career starter at North Dakota State, but failed to see the field with the Broncos.

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The Broncos are entrenched along their offensive line; Garett Bolles and Billy Turner start at tackle points with Calvin Anderson and Tom Compton serving as primary backups. On guard, Dalton Risner and Quinn Meinerz are probably lined up in front of Graham Glasgow and Netane Muti.

Beyer arrived in the Mile High City as the 2021 UDFA out of Iowa. He spent the season on the Denver cab team before signing a term contract in January. A blocking specialist, the writing was on the wall for Beyer after the Broncos brought on board TEs Eric Tomlinson and Eric Saubert in March and May, respectively.

Mintze was also undrafted in 2021, although to his credit the former Vanderbilt support cracked the Broncos’ final roster and played in six games, recording four combined tackles on 64 defensive snaps and 69 reps. special teams. His start slightly unravels a crowded OLB body led by Bradley Chubb, Randy Gregory, Malik Reed, Jonathon Cooper and second-round rookie Nik Bonitto.


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