Broncos punt returner Isaiah McKenzie: ‘I know I can catch it’

Oct 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (84) celebrates after a play in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Last spring, after the Denver Broncos drafted wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie out of Georgia, Broncos fans were buzzing after seeing mercury-quick bolt around the field with his amazing speed and agility last season. Fumbles and questionable decision-making muted that excitement, and now McKenzie finds himself in a battle just to make the roster.

Speaking to Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports AM 1340 | FM 104.7, McKenzie joined the show to discuss his expectations, and how he thinks he’ll bounce back this season.

“Last year, I was pretty confident, but when it came to those drops, it was like my confidence level went down. This year, I had to let it all go and know that I can catch the ball — and I’ve got to make the right decisions,” McKenzie said. “It got real tough. I had some guys in the locker room tell me I’ve got to do my job. Some guys said [to] try and learn from it. I took each and every word — negative, positive — and I had to take heed of it and learn the lessons I’ve got to learn.”

After being in a “dark” place last season, McKenzie used the offseason to reflect and reboot. “I’ve got to make better decisions out on the field, because I know I can catch it,” he said. He’ll also face challenges at wide receiver in splashy rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. “I’ve got to do my job; nobody is going to do my job for me. That’s what I told myself this year when I got here.”

 Click here to listen to the full interview with Isaiah McKenzie, including his thoughts on his opportunities at wide receiver and where Goodman and Shapiro think McKenzie will be at the start of the season.

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