A signed contract, a new uniform and 20 up-downs later, cornerback Jonathan Wilhite is a Bronco.
“It’s been an easy transition for me,” Wilhite said after his first practice at Dove Valley. “I did my up-downs and they welcomed me in as a part of the defense — as part of the team. It’s been great so far.”
The former New England Patriot, who will wear No. 29 in Denver, said he was prepared for Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen’s up-down initiation but admitted it was tougher than expected.
“I was tired,” Wilhite said. “I was trying to get myself ready for that. I heard that it’s a tradition that all the guys do, so I enjoyed it.”
Wilhite also said he enjoyed practicing under the defensive mentality preached by Allen and three words came to mind when Wilhite was asked how he’d describe the defense he’s become a part of.
“Aggressive, fast and physical — that’s something I could see the first day I’ve been out here,” Wilhite said. “Coach Allen has been aggressive and it’s been going good.
“He’s a great guy that demands the best out of you.”
Head Coach John Fox said he was looking for to add some experience to the cornerback position and feels Wilhite will fit in nicely with the Broncos’ plans defensively.
“We wanted to pick up a corner that was a veteran guy that’s done it before,” Fox explained. “He’s been both inside and outside. I think he’s well versed as far as understanding the NFL game. He was a guy that we thought would improve us.”
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