Washington drafted Su’a Cravens in the second round of the 2016 draft, and the 22-year-old played in 11 games last season. Now, as he continues to recover from minor offseason knee surgery, Cravens is apparently considering retirement.
That led him to Chicago, where Cameron Meredith and oft-injured Kevin White were the two leading holdovers from a poor passing offense. Cruz was one of many questionable veterans signed — Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, and Rueben Randle also earned deals with the Bears — and expected to contribute both in the field and in the locker room.
Instead, his tenure with the franchise will come to a close after only three disappointing months, failing to earn a role even with Meredith’s season-ending knee injury. The 2011 All-Pro has the chance to sign on with a new team as a free agent, but after being dumped by the Bears, his career may be coming to an end instead.
For the most part, though, Ward was able to be on the field. He missed two games last season, four in 2015, and one in 2014. And he contributed. He led the team in solo tackles last season with 69, and he added a pick, a sack, and three forced fumbles.
Still, he’s 30, and the Broncos have young depth behind him. Ward has been rehabbing a hamstring injury this preseason and has stayed on the sideline. Justin Simmons, a third-round pick for the Broncos in 2017, filled in admirably and drew praise from head coach Vance Joseph.
“He’s a good, young player,” Joseph said of Simmons, according to the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala. “We’ve played well on Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys defense. He is definitely Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys a good young player.”