Is it an oversight? No, not all.
Look closely, and Jammer is the lone player to be designated as a defensive back on the Broncos’ roster. It makes perfect sense. Jammer, 33, has 10 seasons of full-time starting experience at cornerback, but the Broncos are interested to see what he can do at safety.
In a Q&A with the Broncos’ website, assistant secondary coach Sam Garnes indicated that Jammer was working to pick up the Denver defense.
“He understands football,” Garnes told DenverBroncos.com in an interview conducted earlier in June but posted Saturday. “He understands the routes you get, combinations and he’s just learning what we do. That’s the only thing holding him back right now.”
In June, Jammer told USA Today’s Lindsay H. Jones that learning safety was “more of a mental challenge. Physically I can do it, but mentally, there’s a lot going on.”
At the moment, Jammer’s best shot at playing would seem to be at safety. The Broncos are deep and talented at cornerback. If Jammer proves a quick study at his new position, the Broncos will have materially strengthened their roster, for they will have added someone who can play both secondary spots — and not just because circumstance forced him onto the field.