Denver Broncos sign local legend RB Max Borghi to replace injured Damarea Crockett

Nov 26, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) celebrates with fans following a 40-13 victory against the Washington Huskies at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The local legend is coming home.

Max Borghi, who played football at Pomona High School in Arvada, CO, signed with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday. He went undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft and signed as a college free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, but was waived a few days later. He then participated in the Broncos’ rookie minicamp in June as a tryout, however, Borghi was not signed then.

Still, despite going unsigned at the time, Broncos offensive coordinator Justin Outten had plenty of positive words to say about him.

“I thought he did some really nice things,” Outten said of Borghi. “He’s got good twitch; he’s patient; he waits for that lane to open, and then he pops it. He did a couple of good things in protection as well.”

At Pamona, Borghi ran for 3,512 yards and 50 touchdowns over the course of his career. Then, after graduating from Pomona, the 5’9′, 210-pound running back went on to play at Washington State for four seasons. Borghi had an impressive college career, finishing with 2,158 yards and 32 rushing touchdowns. On top of that, he also had 156 receptions for 1,134 yards and an additional nine receiving touchdowns. He left school on a high mark, rushing for 880 yards and 12 scores in his senior year.

Borghi’s signing comes on the heel of running back Damarea Crockett suffering a season-ending ACL tear on Tuesday. His arrival was announced simultaneously by the Broncos with the news that Crockett had been added to the injured reserved list. What that move, Crockett is officially ineligible to return for the 2022 season.

The Broncos held another tryout Wednesday morning, with Borghi ultimately making the cut this time.

Before signing with the Broncos, Borghi briefly signed with the Indianapolis Colts. However, he was quickly waived.

As of now, he is currently one of five running backs on Denver’s roster. He joins fellow undrafted free agent Tyreik McAllister behind Melvin Gordon, Javonte Williams, and Mike Boone.

With 89 players currently on the team’s active roster, Borghi has a tough hill to climb to make the final 53-man cut.

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