Monday, June 7, 2010

Indianapolis claimes Tom Brandstater off waivers

Just three days after being released by the Broncos, Tom Brandstater has landed with a new team. On Monday, the Colts claimed Brandstater off waivers from Denver. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports he'll compete to backup Peyton Manning.

Tom Brandstater joined the Fresno State Bulldogs as a red-shirt freshmen in 2004. Two years later, he was named the starter. After throwing for 2664 yards, and 18 touchdowns during his senior year, the Broncos drafted him in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Measuring 6-5, and weighing in at 225, Brandstater has many of the physical tools a quarterback needs to succeed.

With Kyle Orton the incumbent starter, Brady Quinn, and Tim Tebow learning the system, Brandstater's reps began to dwindle. That was the sole reason Denver let him go, his performance wasn't an issue,
“The reps had been dwindling,” head coach Josh McDaniels acknowledged. “It’s hard to try to keep a guy in the loop where he can be a competitive player with very few reps. With the way practice was going in the (number of) repetitions, we felt like it was clear now. It was time for us to make the decision and not try to get everybody reps.”
The Broncos actually did Brandstater a favor by letting him go earlier than expected. Now he has a chance to become the #2 quarterback in Indianapolis, and won't miss any of the Colt's training camp.

Notes from today's practice at Dove Valley will be posted on the blog later this evening.

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