Trey Quinn made a big catch in camp, talks “looking up” to Stokley as a kid
Brandon Stokley is getting old.
The former Broncos wide receiver, who had a great NFL career with several teams and is now a 104.3 The Fan host, hasn’t played pro football since 2013.
But that doesn’t mean the current Broncos don’t remember him. Especially one from Louisiana.
Denver wide receiver Trey Quinn joined Stokley and James Merilatt, in for Zach Bye, after practice on Friday and took a stroll down memory lane.
Quinn was a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in 2015 when he was a receiver at LSU, and actually took a picture with Stokley. Quinn played his high school ball at Barbe, about 45 minutes from Comeaux where Stokley played his. When Stokley asked him to describe himself, Quinn paid the ultimate compliment.
“I’m a receiver. I’m from Louisiana, I looked up to you growing up,” Quinn said.
After a good chuckle, he elaborated.
“Just a hard nose guy. You know how it is down in the swamp. They say I was a better baseball player growing up. I could’ve gotten drafted. But I love football so much, stuck with it and here I am,” Quinn said.
And he’s been in the NFL for a bit. After being selected last in the 2018 NFL Draft, making him “Mr. Irrelevant,” Quinn spent time with Washington, Jacksonville and Las Vegas before getting hurt in Raiders camp last year. It was a tough experience after not making the team.
“I was on my couch the whole fall. A little different feeling, I’ve never had that before,” Quinn said.
But now he’s with the Broncos, competing for a roster spot and ready to grind.
“Being in pads for the first time the other day, it was really exciting for me. I’m always a guy that wants to strap them on and get it going, so it’s just a blessing to be back,” Quinn said.
He also caught the attention of the coaches, making a big catch in Thursday’s practice. To conclude Russell Wilson’s best drive of camp, Quinn hauled in the touchdown that sealed the deal.
“That was awesome. Just getting in the groove of camp. Just getting my hands on the rock again. You get the first touch, the first pop, you get it going from there and you’re comfortable. You’re in the flow of the game. To put something like that on tape is special, especially in a critical situation of the two-minute (drill) we were practicing,” Quinn said.
After playing at LSU, Quinn transferred to SMU, also the former school of Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton. It was Sutton who had the biggest catch on the two-minute drive, so Quinn joked “one-upping him put a smile on my face.”
Obviously Sutton is locked into this roster, and Quinn knows that as he laughed while making the comment, but he could potentially make the team as well. With Tim Patrick down for the year with an ACL injury, anything is possible.
We’ll keep on an eye on Quinn the rest of the camp and throughout the preseason. Who knows, eventually it could be Stokley looking up to him.