From Buffalo to Bronco


Winfree is Taking Advantage of his Opportunity

Juwann Winfree has all the tools to help the Denver Broncos young wide receiver core.

The New Jersey native was the Broncos sixth round draft pick (No. 187 overall) in the 2019 NFL draft.

After battling injuries through his three year stint at the University of Colorado, Winfree didn’t receive an invite to the NFL Combine.

He impressed the Broncos enough during workouts with his size and athleticism and he’s already impressing at Broncos Training Camp.

“He was out there today making some major snags,” rookie offensive lineman Dalton Risner said. “I’m so proud of him, he’s an awesome football player.”

“When you know you put in the work it develops confidence,” Winfree said. “It develops the mentality that it has to go your way. When you’re out there you have to win no matter what.”

The former Buffalo had to red-shirt his first year in Boulder after tearing his ACL in training camp. His 2018 senior year, he battled ankle injuries. He was still able to stack up 49 receptions, 649 yards, and four touchdowns in his two seasons at CU.

“I’m proud of him, a lot of you didn’t get to see Juwann when he first got there,” former teammate and current runningback Phillip Lindsay said. “Everybody thought he was going to be a first round draft pick. He ended up getting hurt, and that’s something you can’t control.

Now you guys get to see a healthy Juwann and see what he can bring to the table.”

Phillip Lindsay

Even though he hasn’t been able to show his full potential, John Elway knew it was there. He traded picks No. 212 and 237 to the Carolina Panthers to get Winfree about 30 picks earlier.

Now Juwann is soaking up all the information he can so he can better himself. He has been getting advice from nine-year veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

“I’m trying to get to where he’s at,” Winfree said. “He likes me, he likes my game, he’s always hard on me. I’m thankful to have someone like that.”

An added bonus is that he didn’t have to move far to continue his football career in the Centennial state.

It’s all love.”

Juwann Winfree

“I feel the love and support. The fans, I have my teammates out here. I love it out here.”

But, he also likes the freedom that Colorado gives him.

“It’s a getaway for me. I have the resources I need to be at my top game. When I’m out here it’s all work and all grind, but I have everything I need here in Colorado.” Winfree added.

The Denver Broncos start the preseason on August, 1 in the Hall of Fame Game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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