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Kendall Hinton’s unlikely NFL trip continues as Broncos sideline looks set for increased role

After replacing the Broncos emergency quarterback in last year’s 31-3 loss to New Orleans, Kendall Hinton knew his performance – 1 of 9 passes for 13 yards and two interceptions – n ‘ was not going to warrant another shot throwing the Bullet.

But that experience of being thrown into the fire as an undrafted rookie only emboldened his goals in the NFL. After converting from QB to wideout at Wake Forest, then spending 2020 as a wideout on the Broncos’ practice squad, Hinton gained increased playing time following injuries to Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler. .

“I knew (the New Orleans game) would probably be my last game as a quarterback,” Hinton said Wednesday. “But I also knew there was a lot of work to be done offshore… I knew I had potential and that if I kept developing, you never know where you’re going to be.”

This long-term tunnel vision is already bearing fruit. After a strong training camp and preseason, the Broncos signed the undrafted second-year pro on their practice squad; he was then promoted to the active roster on September 14, two days after Jeudy suffered a sprained ankle in the season opener.

Hinton recorded his first NFL catch that week, a 15-yard reception in the win over Jacksonville. He added another catch in Week 4 against Baltimore and two more last Sunday in Pittsburgh, both of which came as the Broncos rallied in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater found Hinton for the NFL’s first scoring fourth at the start of the fourth quarter, reducing the Steelers’ lead to 24-13. Hinton caught a 23-yard catch in the 3rd and 5th at the end of the quarter, putting the Broncos in the red zone on their last practice. The catch came with a game Hinton failed to portray in practice.